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Jun. 14 2019

06/29/19 – La forza del Destino (Royal Opera) – 1pm

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The Royal Opera House’s
La Forza del Destino
Giuseppe Verdi

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro and Anna Netrebko as Leonora in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera © 2019 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

The Marquis of Calatrava forbids his daughter Leonora to marry the South American nobleman Don Alvaro. The lovers attempt to elope, but the Marquis catches them. In the ensuing altercation, Alvaro accidentally kills the Marquis, who curses his daughter as he dies. Leonora and Alvaro become separated during their escape. Leonora’s brother Don Carlo di Vargas decides to find them and avenge his father.

Don Carlo joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that Don Alvaro has done the same thing. The men become close friends while fighting in Italy. But friendship turns to enmity when Don Carlo discovers Leonora’s portrait among Alvaro’s possessions, and realizes who his new ‘friend’ really is. His subsequent actions lead the men back to Spain, and to the remote monastery where a disguised Leonora lives as a recluse.

Hosts: Martin Handley, Lisa Flynn
Broadcast Producer:BBC
WFMT Series Producer: Daniel Goldberg
Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Cast (in order of vocal appearance):

Marquis of Calatrava – Robert Lloyd
Donna Leonora – Anna Netrebko
Curra–Roberta Alexander
Don Alvaro – Jonas Kaufmann
Alcade – Michael Mofidian
Don Carlo di Vargas – Ludovic Tézier
Mastro Trabuco – Carlo Bosi
Preziosilla– Veronica Simeoni
Padre Guardiano – Ferruccio Furlanetto
Fra Melitone – Alessandro Corbelli
Surgeon– Jonathan Fisher

Musical Content
Timing: 3:11:43
Acts I and II – 1 hour 25 minutes
Interval – 25 minutes
Act III – 1 hour
Interval – 25 minutes
Act IV – 40 minutes

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