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La Forza del Destino

Bayerische Staatsoper Munich

Martin Kuše | 2014 | 200 MINS
Germany | Subtitles

The audience in Munich awaited the performance of Giuseppe Verdi ’s epic 4-act Opera with eager anticipation. And rarely was that anticipation higher than when the leading man is none other überstar tenor, and Munich native, Jonas Kaufmann.

In Detail

‘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

Tickets £17.50
Friends/Students £15