Israeli Opera Presents Revenge Campaign LA FORZA DEL DESTINO

The New Israeli Opera will present in a new production "La forza del destino" by Verdi, conducted by the musical director of the Israeli Opera Daniel Oren, directed by Pier Francesco Maestrini and performed by international and Israeli soloists, The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and The Israeli Opera Chorus conducted by Ethan Schmeisser.

The opera will be presented between May 12 and May 27, 2017, at the Shlomo Lahat (Chich) Opera House in Tel Aviv. Sung in Italian, with Hebrew and English Surtitles.

The Force of Destiny (La forza del destino) is one of Verdi's loved operas which was written for the Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the drama Don Álvaro, o La fuerza del sino by Ángel de Saavedra (1835) and on a scene from Friedrich Schiller's drama Wallenstein.

The hero of the plot is destiny and its illusions. A stray bullet fired from a pistol moves its wheels and leads to murder, revenge and destruction.

The plot tells about heroes who feel that destiny controls their lives. Don Alvaro and Leonora are in love. Her father doesn't approve of this match. The couple plans to elope only unfortunately a stray bullet fired from Don Alvaro's pistol wounds Leonora's father who then curses his daughter before he dies. Don Carlo, Leonora's brother, decides to punish Alvaro and Leonora who are fleeing for their lives. In destiny's illusions he befriends Don Alvaro without him knowing his identity and the two become blood brothers. But when the truth about his identity is revealed their friendship is forgotten and in a duel between the two Alvaro kills his opponent who stabs his sister Leonora as she rushes to embrace him as he's dying.

In 2003 the Italian director Maestrini Pier Francesco directed Verdi's Nabucco at the Israeli Opera. Now he returns to direct La forza del destino. Maestrini directed many opera production in Italy and all over the world including IL Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola (Rossini), La sonnambula (Bellini), Andrea Chenier (Giordano), Tosca (Puccini), Carmen (Bizet), Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti), La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Attila, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Nabucco (Verdi) and many others. He worked at the opera houses of Rio de Janeiro, Parma, Palermo, Ravenna, Lecce, Moscow, Tokyo, Bilbao, Santiago de Chile, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Taipei, Salerno, Seville, Catania and many others.

The soloists in this opera are:

Leonora: Sopranos Susanna Branchini (Italy) and Ira Bertman (Israel).
Don Alvaro: Tenors Gustavo Porta (Argentina) and Walter Fracaro (Italy).
Don Carlo: Baritones Vladimir Stoyanov (Bulgaria), Ionut Pascu (Romania) and Amartuvshin Enkhbat (Mongolia).
Preziosilla: Mezzo-sopranos Enkelejda Shkosa (Albania) and Oksana Volkova (Russia).
Padre guardian: Basses Giorgio Giuseppini (Italy) and Simon Lim (South Korea).
Fra Melitone: Baritones Boris Statsenko (Russia) and Angelo Nardinocchi (Italy).
Marchese: Bass-baritone Carlo Striuli (Italy).
Cura: Soprano TAl Bergman (Israel) and Efrat Vulfsons (Israel).
Trabuco: Tenor Yosef Aridan (Israel).
Mayor: Baritone Noah Briger (Israel).
Doctor: Bass-baritone Anatoli Krasik (Ukraine).

Performances dates:

Friday May 12, 2017 at 13:00, Saturday May 13 at 21:00, Monday May 15 at 20:00, Tuesday May 16 at 20:00, Thursday May 18 at 20:00, Friday May 19 at 13:00, Saturday May 20 at 21:00, Sunday May 21 at 20:00, Tuesday May 23 at 20:00, Wednesday May 24 at 20:00, Thursday May 25 at 20:00, Friday May 26 at 13:00, Saturday May 27 at 21:00.

New Production - Sung in Italian
English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval.
Performance duration: Three hours & 30 minutes.

One hour before each performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is free for ticket holders of the performance for the same day.

For tickets and further information visit Israel-Opera or call 03-692777 (Israel).

La forza del destino

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Conductor: Daniel Oren

Director: Pier Francesco Maestrini

Set Designer: Juan Gulliermo Nova

Costume Designer: Luca Dall'alpi

Lighting Designer: Pascal Mérat

Choreographer: Matilde Rubio

Translation: Israel Ouval

The Israeli Opera Chorus
Master: Ethan Schmeisser

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion.

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