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Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny) has an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on a Spanish drama, Don Alvaro o La Fuerza de Sino, written by Ángel de Saavedra, Duke of Rivas, with a scene adapted from Friedrich Schiller’s Wallensteins Lager. …This performance, incorporating changes to Act three, Act four and the finale, was well received by audiences and critics and has become the standard performance version. …This blu-ray release features a live recording from the beautiful Maggio Musicale theatre in Florence, conducted by Zubin Mehta. …The outstanding cast includes Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana as Donna Leonora, Carlo Guelfi as Don Carlo and Marcello Giordani as Don Alvaro, with Julia Gertseva (Preziosilla), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Padre Guardiano) and Bruno De Simone—excellent as Fra Melitone. © 2016 Read complete review

Bill White
Fanfare, September 2013

With Violetta Urmana and Marcello Giordani in the lead roles you get what you get. Urmana is a solid singer with good chest voice and secure intonation…Choral and orchestral forces must be singled out for quite excellent performances with almost ideal recorded sound. La Forza provides a top-notch Verdi score and, as usual, several fine rousing pieces for the chorus. It makes for quite enjoyable listening with this quality of supporting forces.

…this nicely conceived Florence production is well worth considering as a first choice, especially in Blu-ray format. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

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