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La Forza Del Destino (#2515)

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. Re-staged once more at the Mariinsky in a format true to its premiere, Verdi's tempestuous tale of family loyalties divided by romance stars Galina Gorchakova as Leonora, Nikolai Putilin as Carlo and Gegam Grigorian as Alvaro in a thrilling new production conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Elijah Moshinsky. [172 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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The Arts
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260 episodes
Average Episode Length
97 minutes
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