LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
Hailed as the “biggest night in British Opera this decade,” with tickets being reportedly being re-sold for over £3000, La Forza del Destino brings together “the world’s most sought after singers”, the German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann and the Russian Soprano, Anna Netrebko, conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Verdi’s epic La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny) is an opera that demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years
The memorable score contains some of Verdi’s most brilliant choral writing, including Act III’s stirring ‘Rataplan’ chorus, and several beautiful and intimate arias such as Leonora’s ardent Act IV ‘Pace, pace mio Dio!’. There’s comedy too with the scenes for 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.
A recording of a live production on 2nd April 2019 from the Royal Opera House
Doors and Bar open 6.00 pm
Curtain rises 6.30 pm
Approximate running time 200 minutes