When: Fri., March 4, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 6, 3 p.m. 2016
Spain is at war, and Count di Luna is in love. The beautiful Leonora is the object of his unwanted affections; she loves a mysterious troubadour who nightly serenades her from the streets. This drives di Luna mad — but it's a short drive for him, because years ago a gypsy woman bewitched his younger brother. When she was burned at the stake, the gypsy's daughter Azucena abducted the boy and threw him in a fire. Azucena now has her own son, the handsome Manrico, who also happens to be the mysterious troubadour. Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore is tale of lies, sudden death and sad secrets that are revealed too late to save anyone. Winter Opera St. Louis closes out its season with the weeper at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday (March 4 and 6) at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-865-0038 or www.winteroperastl.org). Tickets are $35 to $55.