Il Trovatore (1982)

Indianapolis Opera • October 8, 10, 1982 at the Murat Theatre

Opera Theater of Syracuse • October 22, 23, 1982 at the Civic Center of Onondaga County (co-production)

Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverCostumes: Malabar LimitedConductor: James Caraher



trovatore1982_header“In furnishing Indiana with professional opera the Indianapolis Opera can hold its head high. Its production of II Trovatore was thrilling visually as well as musically. If any organization has reason to gloat, our Indianapolis Opera has definitely earned that right. The orchestra was in its prime under the baton of James Caraher. Giuseppe Verdi’s music soared through Clowes Hall. The many sets designed by Boyd Ostroff were extremely effective. Stuart Duke as lighting director surpassed himself.” – Charles Epstein, Indianapolis Jewish Post, 11/18/1992

“Here we had both creative and realistic sets by Boyd Ostroff, provided by Syracuse Opera, and full, richly detailed costumes provided by Charles R. Caine. When taken as a whole, the combination of thoughtful lighting, costumes and set design, combined to make this production a stunner for the eye as well as the ear.” – Paul Joseph Walkowski,, 10/1/2005

“High-concept productions aren’t much use here, and Opera New Jersey’s, designed by Boyd Ostroff for the Syracuse Opera, sketches an appropriately murky atmosphere without becoming unduly fancy.” – David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/10/2012

“Scenic Designer Boyd Ostroff (for the Syracuse Opera) made the most of simplicity, keeping a minimum of structure onstage with a backdrop of changing hues to depict the sky.” – Nancy Plum, Town Topics, 7/12/2012



Backdrop Designs




Production Photos




Construction Photos




Design and Technical Drawings




Production Staff

Technical Director: Boyd Ostroff • Asst Technical Director/Asst Designer: Peter Scheu

Shop Carpenters: Daniel Robinson, Keith Brzozowski, Ken Brzozowski, Robert Frame, Ken Stone, Lauren VanDyken

Scenic Artists: Elizabeth Thomas (Charge), Robert Earle, Wade Foy


Scenery Data

  • A co-production of Syracuse Opera and Indianapolis Opera
  • Built September, 1982 at the Opera Theatre of Syracuse Production Center / Prescott School
  • Scenery construction cost: $14,097 • Total rental income: $14,548 as of May 1985
  • 1 truck required for shipping
  • Currently owned by Syracuse Opera


1983 Opera Theater of Syracuse scene shop brochure


Production History

Indianapolis Opera • October 8, 10, 1982 (premiere)Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverConductor: James Caraher

Opera Theater of Syracuse • October 22, 23, 1982 • Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverCostume Design: Malabar LimitedConductor: James Caraher

Bardavon 1869 Opera House • October, 1982Scenic and Lighting Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Robert B. DriverConductor: James Caraher

Kansas City Lyric Opera • 1984Scenic Design: Boyd Ostroff

Charlotte Opera • November 15, 17, 1984Scenic Design: Boyd Ostroff

Knoxville Opera • 1985Scenic Design: Boyd Ostroff

Chautauqua Opera • October 11, 14, 1986Scenic Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: KneussConductor: Kellog

Sacremento Opera Association • 1988Scenic Design: Boyd Ostroff

Indianapolis Opera • November, 1992Scenic Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Whitfield LloydLighting Design: Stuart DukeCostume Design: Casta Diva, IncConductor: James Caraher

Sarasota Opera • 1993Scenic Design: Boyd Ostroff

Buffalo Opera • 1994Scenic Design: Boyd Ostroff

Syracuse Opera Company • October 28, 29, 1994Scenic Design: Boyd OstroffConductor: Charles Bontrager

Piedmont Opera • November 1, 1996Scenic Design: Boyd OstroffConductor: Norman Johnson

Connecticut Opera • October1, 2005Scenic Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Matthew LataLighting Design: Julie DuroCostume Design: Charles CaineHair and Makeup Design: Jamie CarsonConductor: Cal Stewart Kellogg

Opera New Jersey • July 8, 22, 29, 2012Scenic Design: Boyd OstroffDirector: Stephanie SundineCostume Design: Howard Tsvi KaplanConductor: Victor DeRenzi


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