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The Force of Destiny

Giuseppe Verdi

The Force of Destiny

From the opening notes of Verdi's most famous overture, you are swept up in The Force of Destiny, an action-packed melodrama of passion, honour, vendetta and death. Leonora and Alvaro love one another but her family is set against the match. They prepare to elope but are instead caught up in war. 

This thrilling new production uses the powerful iconography of Spain in richly detailed sets and costumes. An all-star international cast is led by Svetla Vassileva.

"...this is a chance to hear one of this season's most impressive voices, Svetla Vassileva as the doomed Leonora..." - Daily Telegraph

"Making his role debut as Don Alvaro, tenor Riccardo Massi was outstanding." - The Australian

An Opera Conference co-production.

Conductor Andrea Licata
Director Tama Matheson
Assistant Director Netta Yashchin
Set & Costume Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
   
Leonora Svetla Vassileva
Don Alvaro Riccardo Massi
Don Carlos di Vargas Jonathan Summers
Padre Guardiano Giacomo Prestia
Preziosilla Rinat Shaham
Fra Melitone Warwick Fyfe (until 17 Jul)
Andrew Moran
Marchese di Calatrava Richard Anderson
Mastro Trabuco Kanen Breen
Curra Sian Pendry
An Army Surgeon Richard Mitchell

Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Opera Australia Chorus


Running time: Approximately three hours and 45 minutes including two 20-minute intervals.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.