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La forza del destinoNew production

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Germany
September 08, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 at 19:00
Performers
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Paolo CarignaniConductor
Frank CastorfDirector
Aleksandar DenićSet Designer
Adriana Braga PeretzkiCostume Designer
Maria José SiriSopranoLeonora
Markus BrückBaritoneDon Carlo
Russell ThomasTenorDon Alvaro
Marko MimicaBassPadre Guardiano
Agunda KulaevaMezzo-sopranoPreziosillaSep 08, 14, 18, 21
Judit KutasiMezzo-sopranoPreziosillaSep 24, 28
Stephen BronkBassMarquis of Calatrava
Misha KiriaBassFra Melitone
Andrew DickinsonTenorTrabuco
Amber FasquelleMezzo-sopranoCurra
Patrick GuettiBassAlcalde
Timothy NewtonBassChirurgoSep 08, 14, 18, 21
Byung Gil KimBassChirurgoSep 24, 28
Lothar BaumgartenLighting Designer
Andreas DeinertVideo Artist
Jens CrullVideo Artist
Jörg KönigsdorfDramaturgy
Jeremy BinesChoirmaster / chorus director
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Verdi himself classified his FORZA DEL DESTINO, which premiered in 1862, as the first "modern" opera that consisted of ideas instead of individual numbers. In fact the entire work draws its driving force from the polarity between two opposing worlds of feeling that possess the main characters to the point of obsession: on one side the alleged guilt for the death of Leonora's father, which hangs over her and her lover Alvaro. On the other side the lust for vengeance that drives Leonora's brother Carlo to chase them to the ends of the earth. An unconditional chase unfolds over three hours, leading the three lead characters through a world that is constantly derailing. In desolate crowd scenes we experience a disinhibited society in which pure survival matters above all else, and where violence has replaced any sense of morality. Even the church authority in whose arms Leonora and Alvaro seek refuge proves to be flawed and is the "Master of Fate", inferior to the power of evil.

The last staging of this work at the Deutsche Oper Berlin is legendary: Hans Neuenfels' radically updated version polarised audiences in 1982. Now another great German director is tackling the subject matter: Frank Castorf, who wrote a quarter-century of theatre history with his work at the Volksbühne and who has dedicated more of his time to musical theatre in recent years, such as with his RING DES NIBELUNGEN in Bayreuth, is now presenting his first directed opera in Berlin with LA FORZA DEL DESTINO.

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