La forza del destino


Verdi La forza del destino opera to libretto by Francesco Piave revised by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Directed 2014 by Martin Kušej at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Stars Anja Harteros (Leonora), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro), Vitalij Kowaljow (Il Marchese di Calatrava/Padre Guardiano), Ludovic Tézier (Don Carlo de Vargas), Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla), Renato Girolami (Fra Melitone), Heike Grötzinger (Curra), Christian Rieger (the Mayor), Francesco Petrozzi (Maestro Trabuco), and Rafał Pawnuk (Un chirurgo). Asher Fisch conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper (Chorus Master Sören Eckhoff). Sets by Martin Zehetgruber; lighting by Reinhard Traub; costumes by Heidi Hackl; dramatic advisors Olaf A. Schmitt and Benedikt Stampfli. Directed for video by Thomas Grimm. Executive Producer Norman Patokha; Producer Magdalena Herbst.  Released 2016, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: B+


Hugo Shirley, writing in the June 2016 Gramophone at pages 93-94, goes all out praising Kušej for his update that "swims with allusions but never really feels anchored" and the "dream team" of Kaufmann, Harteros, and Tézier.