Opera

La forza del destino / The Force of Destiny

Giuseppe Verdi

Melodrama in four acts Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on Duke Rivas‘ drama »Don Álvaro o La fuerza del sino« and »Wallensteins Lager« by Friedrich Schiller Performed in Italian language with German and English supertitles

An accidental shot sets into motion the wheels of fortune: While attempting to elope, Leonora and Alvaro are discovered by Leonora’s father. Seconds later he lies dying from a misfired bullet and curses his daughter. In panic, the young couple flee, become separated and change their identities, all the while chased by Leonora’s brother Carlo, who has sworn vengeance. Even when Alvaro and Carlo unwittingly save each other’s lives, there is no hope of reconciliation. Leonora is also unable to break free of the merciless undertow of violence. In »La forza del destino« from 1862, Verdi created a musical drama of ideas which exceeds his early popular trilogy »Rigoletto«, »Il trovatore« and »La traviata« in terms of the complexity of the libretto and the depth and richness of the score. There is a continual shift of mood between the tragedy of the three heroes and the buffonesque subsidiary events of the “wide world”. The politically-engaged composer sheds light not only on an exaggerated sense of honour but also on racial discrimination and the glorification of violence. Verdi’s stylistic diversity ranges from satirical sermons, dazzling choral tableaux and the famous battle cry »Rataplan« to passionate duets and intimate arias detailing the searing emotions of Leonora, Alvaro and Carlo as well as their entrapment in a web of fate.

Summary

An accidental shot sets into motion the wheels of fortune: While attempting to elope, Leonora and Alvaro are discovered by Leonora’s father. Seconds later he lies dying from a misfired bullet and curses his daughter. In panic, the young couple flee, become separated and change their identities, all the while chased by Leonora’s brother Carlo, who has sworn vengeance. Even when Alvaro and Carlo unwittingly save each other’s lives, there is no hope of reconciliation. Leonora is also unable to break free of the merciless undertow of violence. In »La forza del destino« from 1862, Verdi created a musical drama of ideas which exceeds his early popular trilogy »Rigoletto«, »Il trovatore« and »La traviata« in terms of the complexity of the libretto and the depth and richness of the score. There is a continual shift of mood between the tragedy of the three heroes and the buffonesque subsidiary events of the “wide world”. The politically-engaged composer sheds light not only on an exaggerated sense of honour but also on racial discrimination and the glorification of violence. Verdi’s stylistic diversity ranges from satirical sermons, dazzling choral tableaux and the famous battle cry »Rataplan« to passionate duets and intimate arias detailing the searing emotions of Leonora, Alvaro and Carlo as well as their entrapment in a web of fate.

Complete Cast

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden

Generously supported by the Stiftung Semperoper – Förderstiftung

Making-of »La forza del destino/The force of destiny«

Part 1 – Production Concept by Keith Warner
Part 2 – Set Design by Julia Müer
Part 3 – Fencing and Armory with Action Designer Ran Arthur Braun and Silvio Kind, staff member of the armory
Part 4 – Stage and Orchestra Rehearsal with Emily Magee and Gregory Kunde

Recommendations

Aug 2018

Sep 2018

Selected Performance

  • Friday 31 Aug 2018
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals Two intermissions after approx. 75 and approx. 155 minutes
  • End ca. 10.40 pm
  • Running Time ca. 3 hours 40 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden

Generously supported by the Stiftung Semperoper – Förderstiftung

Selected Performance

  • Friday 14 Sep 2018
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals Two intermissions after approx. 75 and approx. 155 minutes
  • End ca. 10.40 pm
  • Running Time ca. 3 hours 40 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden

Generously supported by the Stiftung Semperoper – Förderstiftung