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Work: La forza del destino

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ComposerVerdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
PeriodRomantic
Year1862
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MunichMaster Concert in the Herkulessaal

Rossini, Beethoven, Verdi, Schubert
Munich Residenz Solisten; Andreas Skouras

BerlinLa forza del destinoNew production

La forza del destino
Verdi: La forza del destino
John Fiore; Frank Castorf; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Liudmyla Monastyrska; Étienne Dupuis

Frankfurt am MainLa forza del destino

Verdi: La forza del destino
Carlo Montanaro; Tobias Kratzer; Oper Frankfurt; Rainer Sellmaier; Izabela Matula; Gevorg Hakobyan
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Verdi Wars: Frank Castorf’s Forza del destino at Deutsche Oper

Russell Thomas (Don Alvaro) and Markus Brück (Don Carlo) © Thomas Aurin

Audience uproar brings a much needed sense of theatre to a disappointing production of Verdi’s middle-period epic.

**111
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Hidden identities, crime and shame: Homoki's Forza returns to Zurich

George Petean (Don Carlo) © Monika Rittershaus (2018)

This year’s revival of Andreas Homoki's production features excellent principals, choruses, and sublime orchestration under Fabio Luisi’s seasoned baton. The staging takes far fewer accolades.
***11
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La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell

Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Short of the three lead stars of its opening, The Royal Opera's La forza del destino remains a thrilling evening, powered by Christof Loy's interesting staging and virile singing from Christopher Maltman.
****1
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Outrageous fortune: stellar opening for Forza at Covent Garden

Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
The hottest opera ticket in London this season sees Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko reunited on the Royal Opera House's stage for the first time since 2008. It was worth the wait. 
*****
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Twist of Fate: Gerzmava shines in botched Zurich Forza

Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Musically, a rewarding Forza, but Homoki's staging is best forgotten.
***11
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