Count di Luna, is obsessed with Leonora, a young noblewoman in the queen’s service, who does not return his love.
the jealous count is determined to capture and punish him.
bewitching the count’s infant brother.
The gypsy’s daughter then took revenge by kidnapping the boy and throwing him into the flames where her mother had died.
The charred skeleton of a baby was discovered there, and di Luna’s father died of grief soon after.
di Luna has sworn to find her.
During the duel, Manrico overpowered the count, but some instinct stopped him from killing his rival.
Azucena is the woman for whom di Luna has been searching.
Her life is scarred by the memory of her mother’s death and the terrible revenge she exacted.
Azucena tells him how she stole the older count’s infant son but, in her manic rage, accidentally murdered her own child instead.
When Manrico demands to know who he truly is, Azucena is evasive:
All that matters is the mother’s love she has shown him all his life
and that he does not fail to take revenge on the house of di Luna.
Azucena cries out to Manrico to rescue her,
Leonora offers herself to the count in return for her lover’s life;
however, she secretly takes a slow-acting poison, sealing her fate.
In their cell, Manrico tries to comfort Azucena, who is terrified of the stake and the fire that await her.
But the poison is already taking effect, and Leonora dies in his arms, just as di Luna arrives.
He sends Manrico to his execution.
Azucena cries out that her mother is avenged: di Luna has killed his own brother.