La forza del destino


Verdi La forza del destino opera to libretto by Francesco Piave. Directed 2011 by Stefano Poda at Teatro Regio di Parma Verdi Festival. Stars Ziyan Afteh, Dimitra Theodossiou, Vladimir Stoyanov, Aquiles Machado, Mariana Pentcheva, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Carlo Lepore, Adriana Di Paola, Alessandro Bianchini, Myung Ho Kim, and Gabriele Bolletta. Gianluigi Gelmetti directs the Orchestra e Coro Del Teatro Regio di Parma (Concert Master Martino Faggiani). Sets, costume, and lighting by Stefano Poda; video direction by Tiziano Mancini.  Released 2013, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Update on 2013-10-07 by Henry McFadyen Jr.

Patrick Dillon on page 62 of the October 2013 Opera News commands a firing squad for everybody asscociated with this Forza del destino other than the bass Carlo Lepore and video director Tiziano Mancini. Poda goes to the wall first for lifeless directing and "zombie dance numbers" for the chorus. Each of the condemned singers is then dispached for different reasons. Gelmetti in the pit kept speeding up just to get the whole thing over, and he is the last to face the ranks with the rifles. I can't at the moment recall any review in a magazine harsher than Dillon's assessment of this Forza from Parma.