La Forza del destino - Opera - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    La Forza del destino

    Giuseppe Verdi

    Opéra Bastille - from 12 to 30 December 2022

    Julien Benhamou / OnP

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La Forza del destino

Opéra Bastille - from 12 to 30 December 2022

La Forza del destino

Opera Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 12 to 30 December 2022

3h50 with 2 intervals

Language : Italian

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 12 Dec. 2022


In few words:

As the curtain rises, Don Alvaro makes ready to flee with Leonora. Alas, the two lovers are surprised by the young woman’s father. Alvaro throws his pistols to the ground but one of them goes off and kills the father: destiny is pitiless and laughs at men’s fates. A grand fresco full of plot twists in which the father’s curse overshadows all, La Forza del destino, like Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, is also a work of its time. In 1861, Verdi agreed to become a parliamentary deputy in order to pursue his political ideals. However, the Risorgimento was flagging and the composer was assailed by doubts. A certain dark melancholy suffuses the score, where the motif of destiny recurs throughout alongside the idea of redemption. In Jean‑Claude Auvray’s production, opera becomes a place where dreams shatter against the wall of reality whilst there emerges a fragile yet intoxicatingly beautiful song of hope.


The marquis of Calatrava: A Spanish noble
Leonora di Vargas: The marquis’ daughter

Don Alvaro: Son of a Spanish noble and an Inca princess
Don Carlo di Vargas: Leonora’s brother
Preziosilla: A vivandière
Il padre Guardiano: Father Superior in the monastery
Fra Melitone: A Franciscan and military chaplain
Trabuco: A muleteer and pedlar
Curra: Leonora’s chambermaid

  • Opening
  • First part 80 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 60 mn
  • Intermission 20 mn
  • Third part 40 mn
  • End

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Quiz: Verdi and his operas


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Audio clips

La Force du destin (saison 18/19) - Acte 3 - B. Jagde, Z. Lučić

La Force du destin (Giuseppe Verdi)

La Force du destin (saison 18/19)- Acte 3 - B. Jagde, Z. Lučić

About the work

Media coverage

  • La force du destin à l’Opéra Bastille, splendide célébration de la musique de verdi.

    Toute La Culture, 2019

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