About the Event

The force of destiny is pitiless and laughs at the fates of men. In the staging of Jean‐Claude Auvrey, a stellar cast with Anna Netrebko or Anna Pirozzi will embody the dramatic roles under the musical direction of Jader Bignamini.

A grand fresco abounding in dramatic twists, La Forza del destino is also a work deeply rooted in its own time. In 1861, Verdi agreed to stand for parliament to pursue his political ideals. However, the Risorgimento was floundering and the composer fell prey to doubt. His dark melancholy suffuses “La Forza”. The opera becomes a place where dreams are shattered against the wall of reality but where a fragile song of hope of enrapturing beauty is to be heard.

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English and French.

Cast / Production

Conductor Jader Bignamini
Director Jean‐Claude Auvray
Set design Alain Chambon
Costume design Maria Chiara Donato
Lighting design Laurent Castaing
Choreography Terry John Bates
Chorus master Ching‐Lien Wu

Il Marchese di Calatrava James Creswell
Donna Leonora Anna Netrebko (12‐21 Dec), Anna Pirozzi (24‐30 Dec)
Don Carlo di Vargas Ludovic Tézier
Don Alvaro Russell Thomas
Preziosilla Elena Maximova
Padre Guardiano Ferruccio Furlanetto
Fra Melitone Nicola Alaimo
Curra Isabelle Druet
Mastro Trabuco Carlo Bosi
Un Alcade Florent Mbia
Un Chirurgo Hyunsik Zee

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Coproduction avec le Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelone

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