La Forza del Destino
LIVE IN HD
On March 9, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendettas, and family strife, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen as the noble Leonora, one of the repertory’s most tormented—and thrilling—heroines. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new Forza in nearly 30 years, setting the scene in a contemporary world and making extensive use of the Met’s turntable to represent the unstoppable advance of destiny that drives the opera’s chain of calamitous events. The distinguished cast also features tenor Brian Jagde as Leonora’s forbidden beloved, Don Alvaro; baritone Igor Golovatenko as her vengeful brother, Don Carlo; mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi as the fortune teller Preziosilla; bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone; and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
English StreamText captioning is available for the Met’s transmission of La Forza del Destino here. A transcript of the transmission will also be available to view after the live performance.
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A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
The Met gratefully acknowledges the support of the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa, Lynne and Richard Pasculano, and the Rosalie J. Coe Weir Endowment Fund
Additional support from the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Endowment Fund and Marina Kellen French
Major support provided by Rolex
Timeline for the show, La Forza del Destino
ESTIMATED RUN TIME
4 HRS 20 MINS, with two intermissions
In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 26 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. Francesco Maria Piave (1810–76), the librettist for La Forza del Destino, provided texts for a number of operas in the first half of Verdi’s career. Verdi and Piave based the opera on a play by Ángel de Saavedra, Duke of Rivas (1791–1865), and also incorporated a scene from Wallensteins Lager by Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805). For the revised version of Forza, Antonio Ghislanzoni (1824–93), the future librettist of Aida, provided additional text.