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La forza del destino

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)

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Melodramma in 4 acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
New text-version by Antonio Ghislanzoni
First performance on 10th [22nd] November, 1862 at St. Petersburg
Premiered at the Deutschen Oper Berlin on 8th September, 2019

Recommended from 14 years on

In Italian with German and English surtitles

3 hrs 45 mins / 1 interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance



Jordi Bernàcer
John Fiore (17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)


Frank Castorf

Set design

Aleksandar Denic

Costume design

Adriana Braga Peretzki

Light design

Lothar Baumgarte


Jeremy Bines


Jörg Königsdorf

The Marquis of Calatrava

Stephen Bronk

Donna Leonora

María José Siri
Liudmyla Monastyrska (17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)

Don Carlo di Vargas

Markus Brück
Etienne Dupuis (17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)

Don Alvaro

Russell Thomas
Roberto Aronica (17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)


Agunda Kulaeva
Judit Kutasi (24.09.2019 | 17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)
Elena Maximova (28.09.2019)

Padre Guardiano

Marko Mimica
Tobias Kehrer (17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)

Fra Melitone

Misha Kiria
Noel Bouley (17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)


Padraic Rowan
Patrick Guetti (17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)

Mastro Trabuco

Michael Kim


Timothy Newton
Byung Gil Kim (24.09.2019 | 28.09.2019 | 17.06.2020 | 20.06.2020 | 26.06.2020)

The Indio

Ronni Maciel

About the performance

Verdi himself classified his FORZA DEL DESTINO, which premiered in 1862, as the first "modern" opera that consisted of ideas instead of individual numbers. In fact the entire work draws its driving force from the polarity between two opposing worlds of feeling that possess the main characters to the point of obsession: on one side the alleged guilt for the death of Leonora's father, which hangs over her and her lover Alvaro. On the other side the lust for vengeance that drives Leonora's brother Carlo to chase them to the ends of the earth. An unconditional chase unfolds over three hours, leading the three lead characters through a world that is constantly derailing. In desolate crowd scenes we experience a disinhibited society in which pure survival matters above all else, and where violence has replaced any sense of morality. Even the church authority in whose arms Leonora and Alvaro seek refuge proves to be flawed and is the "Master of Fate", inferior to the power of evil.

War and religion are the poles that determine the lives of people in Verdi's LA FORZA DEL DESTINO. In the production by Frank Castorf, this idea of the play is made visible by its location in the Spanish Civil War and in Naples during the Second World War. Castorf uses, among other things, excerpts from the novels "La pelle" and "Kaputt" by the Italian Curzio Malaparte, who in a surrealistic aggravation depicts the horrors of war, but also an indestructible belief in life.

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Presented by rbbKultur, taz and Fleurop.
Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin e. V.



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