La forza del destino


Verdi La forza del destino opera to libretto by Francesco Piave. Directed 2008 by David Pountney at the Wiener Staatsoper. Stars Alastair Miles (Il Marchese di Calatrava/Padre Guardiano), Nina Stemme (Leonora), Carlos Álvarez (Don Carlo di Vargas), Salvatore Licitra (Don Alvaro), Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla), Tiziano Bracci (Fra Melitone), Elisabeta Marin (Curra), Dan Paul Dumitrescu (Un alcalde), Michael Roider (Mastro Trabuco), Clemens Unterreiner (Un chirurgo), and dancers of the Wiener Staatsballett. Zubin Mehta conducts the Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper (Chorus Master Thomas Lang). Set and costume design by Richard Hudson; lighting design by Frabrice Kebour; choreography by Beate Vollack; video by fettFilm (Momme Hinrichs & Torge Møller. Directed for TV by Karina Fibich; video editing by Gernot Arendt; sound by Gregor Hornacek. Released 2018, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: B-

This appears to be the same title as the La forza released by C Major back in 2011 with the package art below:

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Back in the March 2012 Gramophone at page 82 Mike Ashman said this is was the best realized of the then current Forza videos. We have no idea why this had to be reissued with similar (but uglier) artwork and a new catalog number. But one suspects a legal beagle barking. It appears the vendors are selling out the older models at clearance prices and that the new version is being offered at regular prices. We have removed the older issue from the alphalist and deleted the old story from the journal. Shop around while supplies last.

Here's a trailer clip: