Verdi's Cursed Masterpiece The Force of Destiny -- Washington National Opera
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The last date listed for The Force of Destiny was Thursday October 24, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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This is an opera to see, but one that is rarely presented as it is a major undertaking to stage with its large casts and changes of time and place, plus it requires numerous lead singers in roles which are especially challenging to sing. WNO has a winner. The night I attended, the lead female role of Leonora was sung by the relatively unheralded Adina Aaron. From the moment she opened her mouth, it was clear that she is an astounding gifted in terms of her voice - rich and resonant, with a remarkable range. Her vocals and performance were brilliant. The rest of the cast was also outstanding. WNO's Forza del Destino is fabulous. Do not miss the opportunity to see it if you can!
Performed in Italian with projected English titles. Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Musicologist Saul Lilienstein leads the Thursday, Oct. 24 Opera Insight, starting one hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start one hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes.
Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of The Force of Destiny.
Oct. 12 at 6:00pm Andrew Jorgensen, director of artistic planning
Oct. 16 at 6:30pm Francesca Zambello, artistic director
Oct. 18 at 6:30pm Michael Heaston, director, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
Oct. 20 at 1:00pm Francesca Zambello
Oct. 22 at 6:30pm Andrew Jorgensen
Oct. 24 at 6:15pm Saul Lilienstein
Oct. 26 at 6:00pm Andrew Jorgensen
Stay after the performance for an artist Q&A on these dates:
Sunday matinee, October 20
Tuesday evening, October 22
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.
Donna Leonora of Vargas: Adina Aaron (10/12, 16, 20, 24, 26), Amber Wagner (10/18 & 22)
Don Alvaro: Giancarlo Monsalve (10/12, 16, 20, 24, 26), Rafael Davila (10/18 & 22)
Don Carlo of Vargas: Mark Delavan (10/12, 16, 20, 24), Luca Salsi (10/18, 22, 26)
Preziosilla: Ketevan Kemoklidze
Brother Melitone: Valeriano Lanchas
Father Guardiano: Enrico Iori
Marquis of Calatrava: Peter Volpe
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center's Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world. Recent festivals include African Odyssey, AmericArtes, Festival of China, and JAPAN: culture + hyperculture.