Dutch National Opera presents

La forza del destino Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

This show was to been seen in September 2017


Duration 3:50

Breaks 2

By Giuseppe Verdi

Language Italian

Surtitles Dutch and English


Giuseppe Verdi
Melodramma in quattro atti
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
World premiere 10 november 1862, Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, Saint Petersburg


New production
Premiere 9 September 2017
Co-production with Royal Opera House, London

Fate strikes mercilessly hard in La forza del destino. A family conflict with a fatal ending arises against the backdrop of war.

In short

The tragic heroine of La forza del destino already faces an impossible feat in the first act: the choice between her true love Don Alvaro and the memory of her father, who was accidentally killed by Alvaro.

See how we create wigs, props, costumes and hats for the new production of La Forza del Destino.
Watch La vergine degli angeli by Eva-Maria Westbroek as Leonora.
Watch the trailer of La forza del destino here


The timeline of the story is not linear, which makes the work difficult to stage. Forza has had a big influence as the precursor of patchwork drama, and has been very important in the development of Russian opera, in particular.

Michele Mariotti


Michele Mariotti has conducted with major opera houses and festivals, including ROH Covent Garden, The Met New York, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris and the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro.

Christof Loy


Christof Loy is a sought-after opera director. His extremely detailed productions have been performed at the major opera houses and festivals in Europe, including ROH Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich and the Salzburger Festspiele.

Eva-Maria Westbroek


Eva-Maria Westbroek has become a world-famous and highly esteemed soprano. She has sung at nearly all the major opera houses and festivals in the world, including the festivals at Bayreuth and Aix-en-Provence, ROH Covent Garden, Opéra national de Paris, The Met New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, Semperoper Dresden and the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Michele Mariotti
Stage Director 
Christof Loy
Set & Costume Designer 
Christian Schmidt
Lighting Designer 
Olaf Winter
Otto Pichler
Klaus Bertisch
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Dutch National Opera Chorus
Chorus Master 
Ching-Lien Wu
Il marchese di Calatrava 
James Creswell
Donna Leonora 
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Don Carlos di Vargas 
Franco Vassallo
Don Alvaro 
Roberto Aronica
Veronica Simeoni
Padre Guardiano 
Vitalij Kowaljow
Fra Melitone 
Alessandro Corbelli
Roberta Alexander
Un alcade 
Roger Smeets
Mastro Trabuco 
Carlo Bosi


Director Christof Loy sees the theatrical difficulty of La forza del destino as a positive challenge. Previous challenges he has successfully taken on include Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes and Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, which are also personal dramas with a political background. Recently he won the Award for Best Director at the International Opera Awards 2017.

Conductor Michele Mariotti is guesting for the first time with Dutch National Opera. He will be conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, alongside such eminent soloists as Eva-Maria Westbroek (Donna Leonora), Franco Vasallo (Don Carlos di Vargas), Roberto Aronica (Don Alvaro), Vitalij Kowaljow (Padre Guardiano), Alessandro Corbelli (Fra Melitone), James Creswell (Il marchese di Calatrava) and Veronica Simeoni (Preziosilla).

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek is a popular guest with Dutch National Opera. Her sensational debut as Katerina Izmajlova in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2006) was followed by Minnie in La fanciulla del West (2009), the Anniversary Concert (2016, excerpts from Les Troyens and Salomé) and the title role in Manon Lescaut. In the spring of 2017, she will be singing Marie in Wozzeck. Her intense interpretations are praised for their perfect balance between the emotional and the intellectual.


La forza del destino is a coproduction with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London


Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest

Along with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera since 1985, and is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras. Each season, the two orchestras perform the majority of the opera productions in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw and also performs at other major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. Marc Albrecht is the principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and of Dutch National Opera. In recent seasons, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has had great success with audiences and international press alike, with productions including Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier, Il Trovatore and Hänsel und Gretel. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht, received an Edison for their recording of the DNO production Der Schatzgräber, in December 2014.

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    Mon 13 Feb Operamagazine.nl

    ‘Loy focuses totally on directing the characters, and in this he is extremely successful’.