Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
‘La Forza del Destino’ – what is the meaning of the destiny that Verdi uses so forcefully? Who forces Leonora, and Alvaro as the murderer of her father, to enter the hermitage of a monastery – and confronts them there, in a mighty showdown, with the brother who is full of hatred and cannot forgive? Is it a declaration of war against God’s promise of redemption?
The heavenly cantilena of a solo violin rises at the end of the opera – in the face of the death of the hero’s lover and brother. Those who withdraw into the consoling twilight of a divine peace here are only trying to deny one thing: the force of destiny.
This new production, directed by Martin Kušej, boldly updates the action to a war-torn region in the modern day. The famous overture was effectively used in the film 'Jean de Florette'.
Bayersiches Staatsorchester; Conductor Asher Fisch; Director Martin Kuše. Cast Jonas Kaufmann; Anja Harteros; Ludovic Tézier; Vitalij Kowaljow; Nadia Krasteva; Renato Girolami.
Recorded live 2 Jul 2014.
An Opera in 4 acts sung in Italian with English Subtitles.
200m inc 20m interval after Act 2