La Forza Del Destino

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composer:Giuseppe Verdi(Italian opera composer)

“La Forza del Destino,” (The Force of Destiny) is hard to stage. Verdi’s marvellous music, including a grandiose overture, is one of his best, yet it strays from being a must-see opera for new audiences. This week, the English National Opera (ENO) unite with New York’s Metropolitan Opera to take a gamble in presenting La. A grand fresco abounding in dramatic twists, La Forza del destino is also a work deeply rooted in its own time. In 1861, Verdi agreed to stand for parliament to pursue his political ideals. However, the Risorgimento was floundering and the composer fell prey to doubt. His dark melancholy suffuses “La Forza”. La Forza del Destino is only available with a Met Opera on Demand subscription or rental. Start Free 7-Day Trial Rent for $3.99 Already a Met Opera on Demand.


La Forza Del Destino 1984

part of:La forza del destino (order: 1)
is the basis for:La forza del destino: Sinfonia(for chamber orchestra)
arrangements:La forza del destino(for brass band, Wright)


1938-12-28La forza del destino: OvertureStaatskapelle Berlin, Herbert von Karajan7:04
1939-02Vorspiel zu 'La forza del destino'Staatskapelle Berlin, Herbert von Karajan7:00
1941La forza del destino: SinfoniaOrchestra Sinfonica dell’ EIAR di Torino, Gino Marinuzzi7:36
1945La force du destin - OuvertureNBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini6:58
1951-12La forza del destino, original: Overture (Sinfonia)Bamberger Symphoniker, Fritz Lehmann7:27
1952-11-29La forza del destino: SinfonialiveMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fritz Stiedry7:27
1953-06La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay7:02
1954-08-19 – 1954-08-27La forza del destino: Sinfonia (orchestra)Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin7:33
1955-07La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Francesco Molinari‐Pradelli7:20
1958-12-19La forza del destino : OuvertureliveOrchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, Georges Sébastian6:56
1958La forza del destino: SinfoniaOrchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Fernando Previtali7:44
1961La Forza Del Destino: OverturePhilharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini7:39
1961 – 1962La forza del destino: OvertureRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tullio Serafin7:59
1964La forza del destino: OvertureOrchestra della RCA Italiana, Thomas Schippers8:07
1970La forza del destino: SinfoniaStudio Symphony Orchestra of the Romanian Radio and Television, Carol Litvin8:11
1971-11-25Overture to La forza del destinolive“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band6:52
1972-05La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta7:35
1975-09-22 – 1975-10-21La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan7:55
1975-10La forza del destino: OvertureNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti7:08
1976La forza del destino: OuvertüreHerbert von Karajan7:54
1985La forza del destino: SinfoniaPhilharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli7:50
1986La forza del destino: OvertureOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti7:11
1988-04-11 – 1988-04-12The Force of Destiny: OverturePhilharmonia Orchestra, William Boughton7:23
1988La forza del destino: OvertureSymfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu, Ondrej Lenárd7:46
1989-10-05La forza del destinoliveSergiu Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker8:54
1993-09-05 – 1993-09-07La forza del destino: OuvertureOrchestra filarmonica della Scala, Riccardo Muti7:42
1996-05La forza del destino: Ouverture. SinfoniaBerliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado7:21
2004-02-14Overture to 'The Force of Destiny'liveMidland Brick Brass Band7:24
2006-04La forza del destino: OvertureUNLV Wind Orchestra, Takayoshi Suzuki8:27
2008-12-31The Force of Destiny: OvertureliveDeutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Karel Mark Chichon7:59
2013La forza del destino: OuvertüreliveWiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel8:23
2015-09-11La Forza del Destino - OvertureliveTokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrea Battistoni8:07
2016-02-22La forza del destino: Overture (sinfonia)liveFilarmonica della Scala, Georges Prêtre8:45
Die Macht des Schicksals: OuvertüreRadio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Hans Löwlein7:36
Die Macht des Schicksals: Ouvertüre[unknown]8:10
Force of DestinyOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti6:08
Force of DestinyThe King’s Division Waterloo Band8:21
Forza del destino: AperturaSofia Symphony Orchestra, Metodi Matakiev8:14
IfpartialRudyard Kipling read by Martin Shaw2:08
Kohtalon voima: alkusoittoMagyar Állami Operaház Zenekara, Pier Giorgio Morandi7:48
La Force du destinThe Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Andrea Licata7:38
La force du destin : Ouverture[unknown]7:54
La Force du destin : OuvertureOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti7:07
La Force du destin : OuvertureOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti7:37
La Force du destin : OuvertureOrchestre philharmonique tchèque, Zdeněk Chalabala7:10
La Force du destin : Ouverture[unknown]7:57
La Force du destin (Ouverture)Orchestre philharmonique tchèque, Zdeněk Chalabala7:10
La force du destin: OuvertureRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrea Licata7:34
La Force du destin: OuvertureColumbia Symphony Orchestra7:55
La Force du destin: Ouverture[unknown]8:00
La Force du destin: Ouverture[unknown]7:49
La forza del destinoLondon Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti6:58
La forza del destinoBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan8:05
La Forza del DestinoPhilharmonia Slavonica, Henry Adolph3:37
La Forza Del Destino - OvertureNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti7:09
La Forza del destino (ouverture)[unknown]7:56
La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny): OvertureSüddeutsche Philharmonie, Alberto Lizzio8:09
La forza del destino, Act I: OvertureMagyar Állami Operaház zenekara, Pier Giorgio Morandi7:46
La Forza Del Destino, SymphonyHerbert von Karajan & Staatskapelle Berlin7:03
La forza del destino: Act I. OvertureLondon Symphony Orchestra, James Levine7:15
La forza del destino: Act I. SinfoniaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bruno Walter7:19
La forza del destino: Introduzione (Orchestra)Roberto Alagna, Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado3:59
La forza del destino: N°1. PreludioOrchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev3:11
La forza del destino: OberturaAlberto Delande7:50
La forza del destino: OberturaNorddeutsche Philharmonie7:09
La forza del destino: OuvertureTaipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Mazer8:24
La forza del destino: Ouvertüre[unknown]8:06
La forza del destino: OuvertüreBerliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan7:50
La forza del destino: OuvertüreNational Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly7:36
La forza del destino: OuvertüreSüddeutsche Philharmonie, Alfred Scholz7:07
La forza del destino: OvertureOrchestra of the Budapest State Opera, Philharmonia Slavonica, Josif Conta8:08
La forza del destino: OvertureSofia Philharmonic, Vassil Stefanov8:09
La forza del destino: OvertureSlovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bystrík Režucha7:55
La forza del destino: OvertureHallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli7:57
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]7:05
La forza del destino: OvertureLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti6:50
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]7:54
La forza del destino: OvertureSlovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Bystrík Režucha7:56
La forza del destino: OvertureSinfonieorchester des Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks Hamburg, Hans Schmidt‐Isserstedt7:34
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]8:04
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]7:42
La forza del destino: Overture(from “Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources”)[unknown]7:42
La forza del destino: OvertureHallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli7:59
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]7:50
La forza del destino: Overture(from “Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources”)James Levine7:15
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]7:44
La forza del destino: OvertureRiccardo Muti7:09
La forza del destino: OvertureBulgarian National Choir 'Svetoslav Obretenov', Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Vassil Stefanov8:07
La forza del destino: OvertureVladimir Andreev, Sergei Fiodorov, Valentina Melnikova, Philharmonic Choir 'Nova Arte', 'New Philharmonia' Orchestra, St. Petersburg Radio and TV Orchestra, Anton Alexeev, Stanislav Gorkovenko7:49
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]7:49
La forza del destino: Overture[unknown]2:35
La forza del destino: OvertureThe State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Bátiz7:45
La forza del destino: Overture(from “Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources”)[unknown]7:06
La forza del destino: OvertureWiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev7:35
La forza del destino: OvertureNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Igor Markevitch8:16
La forza del destino: OvertureHallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli7:56
La forza del destino: OvertureNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti7:13
La forza del destino: OvertureSofia Philharmonic Orchestra8:04
La forza del destino: OvertureOrchestra of the Budapest State Opera, Iosif Conta8:07
La forza del destino: OvertureOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti7:12
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General informations

  • Composer:Giuseppe Verdi
  • Librettist:Francesco Maria Piave
  • Creation year:1862
  • Creation place:Russian federation
  • Acts number:4
  • Original language:Italian
  • Opera House of original production:St Petersburg Opera

Work description

When he went to St Petersburg to create his La Forza del Destino, Verdi was greeted as an ambassador of his country. This opera, with a libretto as absurd and improbable as that of Il Trovatore, whose overture is undoubtedly Verdi’s most famous, is a sombre, excessive and confusing work that was modified multiple times; nonetheless, sublime bel canto rules over it from start to finish. The abundance of dramatic situations and the importance assigned to several secondary characters, some of them comedic, provide Verdi with the material for a rich, contrasting and varied musical creation. The romanticism, passion, inner thoughts and despair of the characters produce magnificent examples of choral writing, as in the pilgrims’ prayer in Act II, with Leonora’s aria, and the magnificent and illustrious baritone-tenor duets that dot the work, in which the composer’s style triumphs.

La Forza Del Destino Synopsis


The action takes place in Spain and Italy in the mid-18th century. Alvaro accidentally kills the father of Leonora, with whom he is in love. They both flee, but separately, as their love has become impossible. Five years later, reunited in a monastery without knowing it, they are caught by Fate in the form of Carlo, Leonora’s brother, who sacrifices his sister to avenge his family’s lost honour.

Act 1

La Forza Del Destino Leontyne Price

Alvaro (tenor) cannot wed Leonora (soprano), daughter of the Marquis of Calatrava (bass), as he is not of noble birth. About to flee with his beloved, Alvero inadvertently kills her father, who dies cursing his daughter.

Act 2

La Forza Del Destino 1978

Separated in flight, each of the lovers thinks the other is dead. Eighteen months later, near an inn, Leonora, dressed as a man, recognises Don Carlo (baritone), her brother, disguised as a student, still pursuing them in order to avenge their father. In the tavern, a gypsy woman (mezzo-soprano)) foresees the war, and Don Carlo tells the assembly of his desire to avenge the death of the father of one of his friends. Leonora is once again forced to flee and takes refuge in a monastery. When the superior, Padre Guardiano (bass), learns his identity, he grants him refuge in a hermitage and orders the monastery’s Franciscan friars to respect his anonymity.

Act 3

Don Alvaro and Don Carlo, both enlisted under false names in the Spanish army, forge a bond of friendship. Alvaro has saved Carlo’s life before being gravely wounded; he hands a valise to his friend with the order to destroy it if he should die. Carlo’s suspicious curiosity leads him to open the valise. He then understands that his friend is his father’s murderer. Carlo then provokes Alvaro, who has recovered from his injury. Alvaro is forced to flee and hide in a monastery, whilst Don Carlo still thinks only of vengeance.

La Forza Del Destino Overture

Act 4

La Forza Del Destino Libretto

Five years later, Carlo runs into Alvaro who, meanwhile, has become a priest. He provokes him again, challenging him to a duel. Alvaro wounds him, leaves to seek help, and recognises Leonora, who turns up having been alerted by the noise. The dying Carlo, recalling his sister’s betrayal, stabs her. She dies in the arms of her desperate lover, who curses Fate conspiring against them, in front of the father superior who is horrified by this blasphemy.