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Sunday, 16 February 2020, Hour 18:30
Main Hall

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Conductor: David Crescenzi
Artistic direction: Rareș Trifan
Scenography: Valentin Codoiu


The Marquis of Calatrava: Florin Sâmpelean
Leonora, his daughter: Carmen Gurban
Don Carlo: Geani Brad
Don Alvaro: Hector Lopez
Padre Guardiano: Corneliu Huțanu (debut)
Preziosilla: Mihaela Ungureanu-Binder (guest)
Melitone: Bogdan Nistor
Trabucco: Florin Pop
Curra: Liza Kadelnik
The Mayor: Petre Burca
The surgeon: Simonfi Sandor

Organ: Lucian Dușa 

The Orchestra and Chorus of The Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca 

Chorus conductor: Corneliu Felecan
Choregraphy adaptation: Marius Toda
Stage and backstage direction: Cristina Albu


show category: opera

sOpera performance in 4 acts by Giuseppe Verdi, after a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

The twenty fourth opera written by Verdi, ”La Forza del Destino” has been presented as an absolute premiere the Imperial Opera House in Petersburg, on the 10th of November 1862, performed by renowned artists Barbot and Nantier-Didiée, Tamberlick, Graziani, De Bassini and Angelini, in the lead roles.

A first characteristic which must be mentioned regarding the novelty of this opera, viewed within the entire Verdian artistic creation, is the thrilling combination of wide extension, as well as short comic or tragic elements – the later having a pronounced share within the performance. This opera has an undeniable music force, a refined language, imposingly elaborated from a realist perspective.

These features are present from the first tones of the ouverture – which has become itself a famous concentrated piece, worldwide interpreted by grand orchestras.  It is always listened to with the thrill of discovery by all those who are not yet familiar with this work of Verdi – a master of emotional melodies and lively passages. Beginning with the introductive stage, and until the curtain fall, the composer’s melodic invention is continuously overflowing, without a moment of tension decrease.

The individually and thoroughly constructed characters, the powerfully dramatic arias and duets all offer an eternal charm to the unique La forza del destino, to the public’s delight!

Recommended age: 12+

The performance has three breaks and ends around 9:45 p.m. 

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