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Giuseppe Verdi

La forza del destino

Wiener Staatsoper, 2008 | 165 min.


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  • Zubin Mehta  |  Conductor
  • David Pountney  |  Director
  • Richard Hudson  |  Stage and costume design
  • Thomas Lang  |  Choir director
  • Beate Vollack  |  Choreography
  • Fabrice Kebour  |  Light Design
  • fettFilm  |  Video

Nina Stemme | Leonora de Vargas

The Swedish soprano Nina Stemme is one of the most sought-after interpreters of her field. After her debut as Cherubino in Italy, invitations to opera houses in Stockholm, Vienna, Dresden, Zurich, Naples, Barcelona, to the Metropolitan Opera, to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to San Francisco, Zurich and the Festivals in Bayreuth, Luzern, Salzburg, Savonlinna, Glyndebourne and Bregenz followed, where she successfully sang the roles of her repertoire, such as Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Tatjana, Suor Angelica, Euridice, Katerina (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Contessa (Nozze di Figaro) Marguerite (Faust), Agathe, Marie (Wozzeck), Nyssia (König Kandaules), Jenufa, Rosalinde, Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Eva (Meistersinger), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), Senta (Fliegender Holländer), Sieglinde (Walküre), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (Forza del destino), Aida, Isolde, Arabella, Brünnhilde (Ring), Salome.


Carlos Álvarez | Don Carlos de Vargas

KS CARLOS ÁLVAREZ was born in Málaga and studied at the conservatoire in his hometown. He made his debut as a singer in 1990. Since then, his international career has brought him to La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris, Amsterdam, San Francisco, the Hamburg State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Arena di Verona, the Zurich Opera House, the Opera House Bonn, Brussels, Valencia, the Salzburg Festival and the New Yorker Met. He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1995 as Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia).
Further roles at the Vienna State Opera include Germont (La traviata), Riccardo (I puritani), Posa (Don Carlo), Sulpice (La Fille du régiment), Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chénier), Don Carlo (Ernani), Don Carlos (La forza del destino), Stankar (Stiffelio), duke of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Alphonse XI. (La Favorite), Escamillo (Carmen), Ford (Falstaff) as well as leading roles in Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. In 2007 Carlos Álvarez was awarded the honorary title for singers in Austria “Kammersänger”.


Nadia Krasteva | Preziosilla

Nadia Krasteva was born in Sofia. She received her singing training at the Music Academy in Sofia and in Rome at the Academy Boris Christoff. In the 2001/2002 season, she sang at the opera houses in Sofia, Plovdiv, Carna, Burgas and Stara Zagora and is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera since 2002 where she made her debut as Fenea in Nabucco. Since then, she has performed more than 30 works, like for example Carmen, Adalgisa (Norma), Maria Gesualdo, Lé­onor (La Favorite), Olga, Giulietta (Contes d’Hoffmann), Ma­rina Mnischek (Boris Godunow), Meg Page (Falstaff), Ulrica (Ballo in maschera), Eboli (Don Carlos), Flosshilde (Rheingold, Götterdämmerung), Erste Norn (Götterdämmerung), Polina und Daphnis (Pique Dame), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Sonjetka (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Preziosilla. Furthermore, she performs and has performed among others at the Deutschen Oper Berlin, the Scala, the Bayerischen Staatsoper, in Hamburg, Sofia, Bratislava, Savonlinna, Riga as well as in Parma, the Lyric Opera Chicago, in Valencia, the De Nederlandse Opera and the Bolschoi Theater in Moscow. Future performances are among others, leading her to the Met and Munich.

Dan Paul Dumitrescu | Alcalde

Dan Paul Dumitrescu was born in Bucharest (Romania) in 1966. Initially he studied clarinet, then voice at the Music Academy in Bucharest. In 1996 he attended the International Academy for Opera in Verona. Immediately after completing his vocal studies at the Music Academy, he was engaged at the Bucharest Opera. He has won numerous national and international singing competitions.

Dan Paul Dumitrescu appeared as a guest on important stages, for example, the Royal Albert Hall, the Arena di Verona, La Scala in Milan, the New Israeli Opera, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Wiener Musikverein, furthermore he performed in Munich, Budapest, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and at the Salzburg Festival.

In 2000 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper and has been a member of the company since 2001. His repertoire includes more than 50 bass roles, e.g. Sarastro, Pimen, Gremin, Procida, Enrico VIII., Ramfis, Pistola, Sparafucile, Banquo, Raimondo, Oroveso, Graf Des Grieux, Balthazar, Colline, Timur, Pietro, Grenvil, Graf Rodolfo, Mönch and Großinquisitor (Don Carlos in italian and french version).

Michael Roider | Mastro Trabuco

Michael Roider was born in Salzburg and studied violin and vocal arts at the Mozarteum. Initially, he worked as a violinist but decided on a singer´s career in 1978. His first engagements were in Basel, Lucerne, as well as in Graz, where he for example sang Kudrjaš (Katja Kabanova), Max (Freischütz), Eisenstein (Fledermaus) and the title role in Der Graf von Luxemburg. Further performances led him to Berlin, Tokyo, Budapest, Salzburg, Karlsruhe, Bern, Zürich, Leipzig and to the Volksoper Wien. In 1995 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Offizier (Ariadne auf Naxos), where he has performed e.g. as Idomeneo, Triquet, Hirt (Oedipe), Valzacchi (Rosenkavalier), Herodes (Salome), Hauptmann (Wozzeck), Maler (Lulu), Loge (Rheingold), Basilio (Nozze di Figaro), Vere (Billy Budd), Spalanzani (Contes d’Hoffmann), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Cajus (Falstaff), Aegisth (Elektra), Laca (Jenufa), Guillot (Manon), Altoum (Turandot), Schäbiger (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Kreon (Medea), Incroyable (Andrea Chenier), Trabuco (Forza del destino), Albert (Tote Stadt) and Eisenstein. In 2008 and 2009 he sang Mime in Budapest.


Clemens Unterreiner | Chirurgus

CLEMENS UNTERREINER was born in Vienna. In 1998 he began his vocal art studies with Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Gottfried Hornik, Helena Lazarska and Wicus Slabbert. Numerous national and international opera and operetta productions as well as lied evenings, oratories and church concerts. Guest soloist in the Große Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Palau de la Musica and other international concert halls. Member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper since 2005, where Clemens Unterreiner for example sang Sharpless, Faninal, Donner, Harlekin, Melot, Brétigny, Schtschelkalow, Oberpriester des Apollon(Alceste), Happy (La fanciulla del West), Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos),Schaunard. Also as guest soloist at the Volksoper Wien he very successfully performed as Papageno or Sharpless. Further engagements led him to the New York Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House Copenhagen, to the Strasbourgh Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele, Opera de Nice, Linzer Landestheater, the Oper Chur, the Sommerfestspiele Heidenheim as well as to the Richard Wagner Festival Budapest.


Portrait Clemens Unterreiner

Act 1
Leonora di Vargas is in love with Alvaro, a descendant of the royal Inca dynasty. However, her father the Marquis of Calatrava is opposed to their marriage. The couple ha therefore to flee. However, their escape by night is foiled by Leonora's father. When Alvaro tosses away his pistol, it goes off, hitting the Marquis. Mortally wounded, he curses his daughter.

Act 2
Leonora has become separated from Alvaro during their flight. Disguised as a man she seeks shelter in a community where Preziosilla is recruiting soldiers for a religious war. Leonora discovers her brother Don Carlo di Vargas is also there, pretending to be a student. He has set out in pursuit of the fleeing couple in order to avenge the death of his father. As a procession of pilgrims passes by, Leonora manages to escape unrecognised.
Still dressed in men's clothing, Leonora seeks refuge at a monastery. The porter is distrustful of the nocturnal visitor. However, when the prior Pater Guardiano appears, Leonora confides in him, and at her insistence is taken into the care of the monastery. She resolves to spend the rest of her life in a hermitage in order to atone her giult. The monks of the monastery take a solemn vow never to enquire after the name and origin of the stranger. Leonora is dressed in the penitential robe of the order, to live henceforth in solitude.

Act 3
Alvaro belives Leonora to be dead, and has joined the war under the assumed name of Federigo Herreros. He saves the life of a fellow soldier without realising that the person purporting to be Feliz de Bornos is in fact Leonora's brother Don Carlo. The two men become friends. Alvaro is wounded in the battle that takes place soon afterwards. He gives his friend a bundle of lettrs, asking him to burn them unread in the event of his death. Don Carlo promises to do this for him, although he has become suspicious of alvaro ever since he vehemently refused the Order of Calatrava. After Alvaro has been taken to the field hospital, Don Carlo opens the bundle and finds a portrait of his sister Leonora. Now he knows who his friend really is, and swears bloody vengeance on the man he believes to be the murderer of his father.
A mood of desperate debauchery grips the camp and the monk Melitone attempts to preach to the wild crowd. Alvaro, who has recovered from his injuries, is challenged to a duel by Don Carlo. In vain he tries to convince his opponent of his innocence. The struggling men are separated by the guards and Alvaro resolves to enter a monastery. Preziosilla attempts to raise the morale of the camp gripped by terror of a coming air raid.

Act 4
Brother Melitone dispensis food aid to the wounded. Don Carlo, who has not given up his search for Alvaro, finally discovers in the monk Raffaele the man who has brought dishonour upon his family. Once again he challenges him to a duel. Again Alvaro refuses to take up arms against him. However, Don Carlos scornful remarks and insults finally provoke him to such an extent that he agrees to a duel, in which Don Carlo is fatally wounded. Alvaro calls for a father confessor for the dying man and knocks at the door of the hermitage. When Leonora appears at the threshold, he instantly recognises her again. Irreconcilable even in death, Don Carlo shoots his sister as she stoops to help him.
In deepest despair, Alvaro raises his voice in protest at the justice administered by God. However, Pater Guardiano gives him and the dying Leonora consolation, and they are able to reconcile themselves to God's inscrutable ways.

La forza del destino