Met Opera on Demand Catalog
La Forza del Destino
(Mar. 12, 1996)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Sweet, Domingo, Chernov, Scandiuzzi
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
With James Levine at the helm, Verdi’s multi-faceted masterpiece is revealed as a drama of almost Shakespearean proportions. Superstar Plácido Domingo takes on he demanding role of Don Alvaro, the outcast whose noble gesture unwittingly sets the wheels of fate in motion and destroys an entire family. Sharon Sweet is Leonora, the woman he loves, and Vladimir Chernov singe her vengeful brother Don Carlo, whose twisted hate is all-consuming. Roberto Scandiuzzi is the benevolent Padre Guardiano.