La Forza del Destino
Violeta Urmana and Marcelo Alvarez play the cursed lovers in a new production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino by Jean‐Claude Auvray, conducted by Philippe Jordan.
Its philosophical title sets La forza del destino apart among Verdi's works. It is an abstract, even vague title which would seemingly suit Rigoletto or Il trovatore just as well. As in those works, the coincidences are so striking that a higher power must be at work. In "La Forza", the chance encounters and chains of events are impossible, but they provide us with characters that embody the deepest truths of the soul.
Carried by Verdi's sublimely lyrical, sweeping music, they work themselves up into a heroic fatalism, which casts them into the hands of the enemy, and gives their life the violence of tragedy.
Performed in Italian
Philippe Jordan Conductor
Jean‐Claude Auvray Stage director
Alain Chambon Sets
Maria Chiara Donato Costumes
Laurent Castaingt Lighting
Terry John Bates Choreography
Patrick Marie Aubert Chorus master
Mario Luperi, Il Marchese di Calatrava
Violeta Urmana, Donna Leonora
Vladimir Stoyanov, Don Carlo di Vargas
Marcelo Alvarez, (14, 17, 20, 26, 29 nov., 2, 8, 11 dec.) Don Alvaro
Zoran Todorovitch, (23 nov., 5, 15, 17 dec.) Don Alvaro
Nadia Krasteva, Preziosilla
Kwangchul Youn, Padre Guardiano
Nicola Alaimo, Fra Melitone
Nona Javakhidze, Curra
Rodolphe Briand, Mastro Trabuco