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La forza del destino

by Giuseppe Verdi

Tuesday   2nd April 2019|6:15pm

Live from the Royal Opera House

La forza del destino

by Giuseppe Verdi

One of Verdi’s most ambitious scores.  Its overture - which introduces us to the sinister motif signifying Fate - is one of his most memorable.  There is comedy too, with the scenes containing the greedy monk Fra Melitone.  Christof Loy’s colourful and spectacular production reflects the kaleidoscopic nature of Verdi’s opera, where intense personal dramas play out against a background of war, and in which religion plays an ambiguous role.

The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro.  The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them.  In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies.  Leonora’s brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.  He joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing.  The men become close friends while fighting in Italy, but that friendship turns to enmity when Don Carlo discovers Leonora’s portrait among Alvaro’s possessions.

Music Giuseppe Verdi
Director Christof Loy
Designer Christian Schmidt
Lighting designer Olaf Winter
Choreographer Otto Pichler
Dramaturg Klaus Bertisch
Associate set designer Federico Pacher
Performers
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Leonora Anna Netrebko
Don Alvaro Jonas Kaufmann
Don Carlo di Vargas Ludovic Tézier
Padre Guardiano Ferruccio Furlanetto
Fra Melitone Alessandro Corbelli
Preziosilla Veronica Simeoni
Marchese di Calatrava Robert Lloyd
Curra Roberta Alexander
Alcalde Michael Mofidian
Maestro Trabuco Carlo Bosi
Chorus Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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