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Verdi La Forza del Destino

Nina Stemme (Leonora), Salvatore Licitra (Alvaro), Carlos Alvarez (Carlos), Alastair Miles (Marchese and Fra Guardiano), Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla)

Vienna State Opera/Zubin Mehta
Production: David Poutney

We unexpectedly found this unwatchable, given the ecstatic blurb quote on the box from our UK respected Financial Times...

Under David Poutney the sets and video presentation were at odds with the music and his direction unpalatable...

It sent us back to Gergiev's version which we had enjoyed.

Rather than a full review, I prefer to give you links to two relevant earlier Forza reviews in The Opera Critic: one "embarrassing and infuriating", and another one of mine; together with a sympathetic and interesting one about the Pountney production from Mostly Opera. Enjoy surfing them !

Peter Grahame Woof