ITALIAN OPERA: VERDI's - "LA FORZA del DESTINO"
at the KENNEDY CENTER
WASHINGTON CONCERT OPERA + KENNEDY CENTER
"LA FORZA del DESTINO" - GIUSEPPE VERDI's Tragic Opera
SUN. OCTOBER 12 thru SAT. OCTOBER 26, 2013
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 @ 7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 @ 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 @ 7:30 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 @ 2:00 PM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ 7:30 PM
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 @ 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 @ 7:00 PM
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ABOUT THE OPERA
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Opera composer GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813~1901)
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of VERDI's birth in 2013.
GIUSEPPE VERDI's THE FORCE OF DESTINY
(LA FORZA DEL DESTINO)
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra box seats.
WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello brings her inventive staging to this new production of Verdi's demanding masterpiece, featuring an exciting cast of international singers.
Thrust together by the hand of fate, three lives become irreversibly intertwined on a path to ruin. Leonora, the daughter of a Spanish marquis, is ready to leave her homeland behind to run away with Alvaro, an Incan nobleman. When her father is accidentally killed by Alvaro's gun, the couple is tragically separated--and her brother Carlo vows revenge at any cost.
Distraught, Leonora commits to a life of solitude near a monastery. Meanwhile Alvaro and Carlo both enlist in the army and become friends, unaware of the other's true identity. An innocent promise ultimately leads Carlo to face down his comrade, and Leonora to emerge from hiding to save her long-lost love.
From its famed overture to its riveting final moments, Verdi's notoriously demanding masterpiece--not seen by WNO audiences in nearly 25 years--bursts with thrilling arias and rousing ensemble passages. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello brings her inventive staging to this new production celebrating the bicentenary of Verdi's birth. Combined with an exciting cast of international singers conducted by gifted Chinese American maestro Xian Zhang, this is one opera Washington and the world will be talking about for years to come.
Zambello is "known for her psychologically probing interpretations of the operatic repertoire."
--The New Yorker