Dutch National Opera presents
THE FORCE OF DESTINY
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
Melodramma in quattro atti
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
World premiere 10 november 1862, Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, Saint Petersburg
Premiere 9 September 2017
Co-production with Royal Opera Hous, London
Fate strikes mercilessly hard in La forza del destino. A family conflict with a fatal ending arises against the backdrop of war.
The tragic heroine of La forza del destino already faces an impossible feat in the first act: the choice between her true love Don Alvaro and the memory of her father, who was accidentally killed by Alvaro.
The timeline of the story is not linear, which makes the work difficult to stage. Forza has had a big influence as the precursor of patchwork drama, and has been very important in the development of Russian opera, in particular.
Michele Mariotti has conducted with major opera houses and festivals, including ROH Covent Garden, The Met New York, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris and the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro.
Christof Loy is a sought-after opera director. His extremely detailed productions have been performed at the major opera houses and festivals in Europe, including ROH Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich and the Salzburger Festspiele.
Eva-Maria Westbroek has become a world-famous and highly esteemed soprano. She has sung at nearly all the major opera houses and festivals in the world, including the festivals at Bayreuth and Aix-en-Provence, ROH Covent Garden, Opéra national de Paris, The Met New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, Semperoper Dresden and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Team, Cast and Chorus
- Michele Mariotti
- Stage Director
- Christof Loy
- Set & Costume Designer
- Christian Schmidt
- Lighting Designer
- Olaf Winter
- Otto Pichler
- Klaus Bertisch
- Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
- Dutch National Opera Chorus
- Chorus Master
- Ching-Lien Wu
- Il marchese di Calatrava
- James Creswell
- Donna Leonora
- Eva-Maria Westbroek
- Don Carlos di Vargas
- Franco Vassallo
- Don Alvaro
- Roberto Aronica
- Veronica Simeoni
- Padre Guardiano
- Vitalij Kowaljow
- Fra Melitone
- Alessandro Corbelli
- Roberta Alexander
- Un alcade
- Roger Smeets
- Mastro Trabuco
- Carlo Bosi
Director Christof Loy sees the theatrical difficulty of La forza del destino as a positive challenge. Previous challenges he has successfully taken on include Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes and Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, which are also personal dramas with a political background. Recently he won the Award for Best Director at the International Opera Awards 2017.
Conductor Michele Mariotti is guesting for the first time with Dutch National Opera. He will be conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, alongside such eminent soloists as Eva-Maria Westbroek (Donna Leonora), Franco Vasallo (Don Carlos di Vargas), Roberto Aronica (Don Alvaro), Vitalij Kowaljow (Padre Guardiano), Alessandro Corbelli (Fra Melitone), James Creswell (Il marchese di Calatrava) and Veronica Simeoni (Preziosilla).
Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek is a popular guest with Dutch National Opera. Her sensational debut as Katerina Izmajlova in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2006) was followed by Minnie in La fanciulla del West (2009), the Anniversary Concert (2016, excerpts from Les Troyens and Salomé) and the title role in Manon Lescaut. In the spring of 2017, she will be singing Marie in Wozzeck. Her intense interpretations are praised for their perfect balance between the emotional and the intellectual.
La forza del destino is a coproduction with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London
Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Along with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera since 1985, and is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras. Each season, the two orchestras perform the majority of the opera productions in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw and also performs at other major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. Marc Albrecht is the principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and of Dutch National Opera. In recent seasons, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has had great success with audiences and international press alike, with productions including Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier, Il Trovatore and Hänsel und Gretel. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht, received an Edison for their recording of the DNO production Der Schatzgräber, in December 2014.
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‘Loy focuses totally on directing the characters, and in this he is extremely successful’.