Verdi's The Force of Destiny from SF Opera
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The last date listed for The Force of Destiny was Thursday November 17, 2005 / 7:30pm.
Three lives are set on a collision course. Fate is the unseen but all-powerful master in this saga involving unknown identities, accidental meetings and dark confrontations, all playing out amidst a world at war. With Verdi at his most melodic, private moments and public spectacle blaze to life. Our new production— sleek and arresting—propels the central characters inexorably to an unforgettable end.
Sounds. The Force of Destiny was thought shocking at its premiere, but it soon became one of Verdi’s greatest hits. Urgent and full-blooded, this work calls for vocal power— and plenty of it.
Sights. As fate exacts its toll, personal hopes, horrors and fears become physically realized in our riveting, conceptual production. With sharp icons and progressively unstable and disjointed surroundings, the stage becomes the force of destiny itself, peopled by individuals struggling to control their lives and loves.
Stories. Leonora and Alvaro attempt to elope but are foiled by Leonora’s father. Alvaro’s pistol goes off accidentally and mortally wounds the old man, who curses his daughter. Leonora’s brother Carlo seeks to avenge their father’s death. Their lives intertwine amidst upheaval spanning the European continent, but ultimately the truth comes out and all must face their destinies.
About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Opera
A leader among international opera companies for nine decades, San Francisco Opera was founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953). Merola and his successor as general director, Kurt Herbert Adler, established a formidable institution heralded for its first-rate productions and roster of international opera stars. The landmark War Memorial Opera House has been the Company’s home since October 15, 1932.
After Adler’s tenure, the Company was led by Terence A. McEwen (1982–1988), Lotfi Mansouri (1988–2001), and Pamela Rosenberg (2001–2005). In January 2006 David Gockley became the Opera’s sixth general director after more than 30 years at the helm of Houston Grand Opera. That May, Gockley took opera to the center of the community with a free outdoor simulcast of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Subsequent simulcasts, including seven at AT&T Park, have collectively drawn nearly 200,000 opera fans. Created in 2007 the Koret-Taube Media Suite has enabled the Company to produce simulcasts and other projects including OperaVision (screens providing HD close-up shots for patrons in balcony seats), the Grand Opera Cinema Series in theaters and performing arts centers, an annual series of KQED telecasts, and releases of DVDs and Blu-Rays of recent performances. Regular San Francisco Opera radio broadcasts returned to national and international airwaves in 2007.
Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti, one of the opera world’s most exciting conductors, has been music director since the fall of 2009.