''Il trovatore'' is one of Music/GiuseppeVerdi's most popular operas. It's got your standard opera plot: the tenor and baritone fight over the soprano while the [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} magical gypsy]] mezzo-soprano plans revenge. Being an opera, it doesn't end well. Hint: out of the main foursome, only one survives, screaming they wish they hadn't as their final line. Go figure.

Classic film buffs might recognize it from Creator/TheMarxBrothers' ''Film/{{A Night at the Opera}}'' as the Brothers throw it into total chaos. The Anvil Chorus, which opens the second act, is also extremely well-known, and has been parodied at least since ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' (which came out less than thirty years after the opera itself).

!!Tropes include:

* BadassBaritone: Count di Luna is usually one of these, and nearly ALWAYS more attractive than the tenor.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TOYKHcwFH4&feature=related Case closed.]]
* BurnTheWitch: How it all began.
* CainAndAbel: And they don't even know they're brothers.
* CounterpointDuet: The closing part of the big duet between the Count and Leonora - he sings about how happy he is to finally lead her to the altar and she sings about how she's going to die happily for Manrico.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Deconstructed - The Count isn't a villain, but he certainly isn't nice in his relentless pursuit of Leonora. She's in love with a troubadour? He's a soldier of the enemy? Kill him on the spot! She wants to enter a convent since she believes her lover is dead? Invade the place and get her back by force! However, he isn't the one to suggest that Leonora marry him to save Manrico - he keeps sending her away. And he seems intent on following through with their bargain until she dies before marrying him.
* DownerEnding: [[WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc Bugs Bunny's dictum]] applies in full force here.
* DrivenToSuicide: Leonora. She takes a slow-enough acting poison that she still gets to sing for quite a while.
* GreenEyedMonster
* IdiotBall: The main characters play hot potato with it all over the place, but Leonora is the biggest offender. She agrees to marry Luna to save Manrico, but takes the poison before securing his release and, naturally, dies before getting him free. Genius, right there.
* IrrelevantActOpener: Act II: Anvil Chorus, Act III: chorus drinking and gambling before the siege begins.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Inverted; Azucena tells Manrico that she ''isn't'' his birth mother.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Pretty much how Luna feels at the end.
* OminousLatinChanting: The nuns choir and, even more, the Miserere.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Azucena.
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: Azucena. Manrico is actually not one (by blood, at least).
* SiblingTriangle: A classic example.
* SinsOfOurFathers: It was Luna's father who began the whole thing by burning Azucena's mother.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Inverted as it's Leonora who offers herself.
* StalkerWithACrush: Luna.
* TenorBoy: Manrico, although he's quite badass for a tenor. High Cs help...
* VillainousBSOD: Di Luna has a major one at the end, as he realizes he has executed his long lost brother and his only love has committed suicide to escape him.
* VillainSong: Averted; when Luna gets an aria he sings the most lyrical love song.
* WorldOfHam: It's a pathetic, overly passionate story about love and hate.
* YouKilledMyFather: Actually, Your Father Killed My Mother.