, March 2012
VERDI, G.: Forza del destino (La) (Vienna State Opera, 2008) (NTSC) 708108
VERDI, G.: Forza del destino (La) (Vienna State Opera, 2008) (Blu-ray, HD) 708204
On this DVD from the Vienna State Opera…British director David Pountey offers some innovative solutions, drawing inspiration from the spare writing of Cormac McCarthy.
Tenor Salvatore Licítra…is in robust voice, making a virile, exciting Don Alvaro.
Nina Stemme is the real deal here, a potent dramatic soprano who can summon the pleading quality needed for Leonora di Vargas. Her Act IV aria features unearthly, floated notes. The singer then shifts to full force for the final confrontation with her brother and unlucky would-be-suitor, ending the opera in apocalyptic style.
The unit set allows the opera to move swiftly from battlefield to their final encounter, giving the last two acts a propulsive unity where most productions feel disjointed.
Tiziano Bracci has a good comic turn as the skinflint monk Fra Melitone. Alistair Miles doubles as her father and the Padre Guardiano, and is better in the latter role. Nadia Krasteva makes the most of the gypsy turned army recruiter Presiozilla. When the "Rataplan" chorus…ends with everyone being killed in a bomb attack, there is a kind of justice. The choristers cope with all the directorial business, and sing beautifully in the big moments. Zubin Mehta shows his operatic experience in the pit, leading a kinetic performance… © 2012 Superconductor Read complete review