La Forza del Destino | 1999
A performance of "La Forza del Destino," Giuseppe Verdi's tale of family loyalties divided by romance.
Giuseppe Verdi's original 1862 version of "La Forza del Destino" (The Force of Destiny), especially written to debut at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, differs in many respects from his 1869 revision. Writing originally for a Russian audience, Verdi felt no need to smooth over the opera's revenge drama with a Catholic sense of forgiveness. He instead held true to the logic that destiny will always catch up with the wrongdoer. The opera is re-staged once more at the Mariiansky in a format true to its premiere.