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La forza del destino

(Original Version)

 

1996 Sarasota Opera Production
March 22 and 26

 

Melodramma In Four Acts, Sung In Italian
Poetry By Francesco Maria Piave
Based On The Play “Don Alvaro, O La Fuerza Del Sino

 by Ángel Pérez De Saavedra, Duke Of Rivas

The first professional production

of this opera since 1870

1/5

Conductor

Victor DeRenzi


Stage Director

Michael Scarola


Scenic Designer

David P. Gordon


Costume Designer

Helen E. Rodgers


Lighting Designer

Joseph Oshry


Wigs And Make-Up Designers

Elsen Associates


Chorus Preparation

Elizabeth Hastings


Assistant Conductor

Elaine Rinaldi


Choreographer

Sabirjan Yapparov


Fight Choreographer

Jeff A.R. Jones


Opera Titles

Aria Productions


Surtitle Translation

Ray Chesin And Michael Scarola

 

New Production Created By Sarasota Opera

 

 

Cast

 

The Marquis of Calatrava

 James Wood

 

Donna Leonora, his daughter

Tamara Wright

 

Don Carlo di Vargas, his son

Lawrence Alexander

 

Don Alvaro

Robin Reed

 

Preziosilla, a young Gypsy

Lorraine Disimone

 

Padre Guardiano, a Franciscan monk

Matthew Lau

 

Fra Melitone, a Franciscan lay brother

Stephen Eisenhard

 

Curra, Leonora's maid

Elizabeth Shammash*

 

An Alcade

Joel Jameson**

 

Trabuco, a muleteer

Michael Hendrick

 

A Surgeon

Christopher Roselli**

 

 

* Apprentice Artist
**Studio Artist

 

Sarasota Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Sarasota Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists

 

 

Reviews

 

“The Sarasota production, the first U.S. professional mounting of the original La forza del destino, was well sung and well conducted by Victor DeRenzi … Bravos to Sarasota Opera’s Forza troupe for the hard work and intelligence they brought to learning and singing two versions of this opera.”
—Joseph Kerman, Opera News

 

(Photos: Sarasota Opera)