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11 April 2017 (Tue), 19:00 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - established 1783 - Opera Giuseppe Verdi "La forza del destino (Force of the fate)" (opera in four acts)

Running time: 4 hours (till 23:00)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Giuseppe Verdi "La forza del destino (Force of the fate)" (opera in four acts) 2017/2018

Conductor: Christian Knapp

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Musical Preparation: Alla Brosterman
Lighting Designer: Howard Harrison
Costume Designer: Peter J. Hall
Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Designer: Andrei Voitenko

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera

Opera in 4 acts

Performed in Italian with synchronised Russian supertitles

Premiere of this production: 7 July 1998, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave based on the drama Don Alvaro, o La fuerza del sino by Angel de Saavedra

ēWorld premiere: 22 November 1862, Imperial (Bolshoi) Theatre, St Petersburg;
ēPremiere of this production: 7 July 1998, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

Performed in Italian

The Performance has two intermissions

La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) is an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on a Spanish drama, Don Alvaro o La Fuerza de Sino (1835), by Ńngel de Saavedra, Duke of Rivas, with a scene adapted from Friedrich Schillerís Wallensteins Lager.

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  • Characters

  • Synopsis

    Setting: around 1850 in Spain and Italy.

    Act I

    Don Alvaro is a young nobleman from South America (presumably Peru) who is part Indian and who has settled in Seville, where, however, he is not very well thought of. He falls in love with Donna Leonora, the daughter of the Marquis of Calatrava, who, notwithstanding his love for his daughter, is determined that she shall marry only a man of the highest origin. Leonora, knowing her fatherís aversion, and deeply in love with Alvaro, determines to elope with him, aided by her confidante, Curra. On the point of departure with him, she suddenly desires to see her father for a last time. Her father unexpectedly enters and discovers Alvaro; he threatens him with death, and Alvaro in order to remove any suspicion as to Leonoraís purity, offers to surrender himself to the Marquis. He flings down his pistol which goes off and mortally wounds the Marquis who dies cursing his daughter.

    Act II

    The Alcade, several peasant muleteers, and Don Carlo of Vargas, the brother of Donna Leonora, are gathered in the kitchen of an inn in the village of Hornachuelos. Don Carlo is searching for Don Alvaro to avenge the death of his father and is disguised as a student of Salamanca, under the fictitious name of Pereda. Leonora, in male attire arrives. During the supper, Preziosilla, a young gypsy, tells the young menís fortunes and exhorts them to enlist in the war for Italyís freedom, which all agree to do. In a very beautiful solo, Don Carlo tells them of his fatherís death. Leonora overhears his song and barely escapes discovery by him. She takes refuge in a monastery where she tells the abbot her true name and that she intends to spend the remainder of her life in a hermitage. After the abbot has recounted the trials she will have to undergo, she departs for her cave.

    Act III

    Meanwhile Don Alvaro has joined the Spanish army under the name of Don Federico Herreros. One night he saves the life of Don Carlo who is serving in the same army under the name of Don Felix Bornos. They become close friends and go into battle side by side. In one of these engagements Don Alvaro is, as he supposes, mortally wounded, and confides to Don Carloís care a valise containing a bundle of letters which he is to destroy as soon as Don Alvaro dies. Don Carlo has sworn not to look at the contents of the letters; but he becomes suspicious of his friend, opens the valise and finds his sisterís picture. At that moment a surgeon brings word that Don Alvaro may recover. Don Carlo is overjoyed at the idea of revenging his fatherís death. The scene changes to a camp near Velletri (Italy) where Don Carlo and Don Alvaro fight a duel, in which Don Alvaro thinks he has killed his opponent. In expiation, Don Alvaro vows to enter a monastery.

    Act IV

    Don Alvaro has entered the monastery at Hornachuelos, near which is Leonoraís cave, under the name of Father Raphael. Don Carlo arrives cured of his wound and forces him to fight. They choose the ground before Leonoraís cave; and Don Carlo is mortally wounded. Alvaro calls for help, and Leonora recognizing his voice rushes out, and seeing her brother dying, stoops over him; he thereupon stabs her to the heart. Don Alvaro flings himself to death from some rocks, before the monks arrive singing the Miserere.

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    Schedule for Giuseppe Verdi "La forza del destino (Force of the fate)" (opera in four acts) 2017/2018

    Verdi "La forza del destino" (Live recording from the Mariinsky Theatre, 1998)
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