Forza Del Destino" (The Power of Fate)
by Giuseppe Verdi in İzmir Alhambra Opera Theater
four-act "La Forza Del Destino" (The Power of Fate) opera
was composed by Giuseppe Verdi. It was ordered by the Russian Saint
Petersburg palace orchestra. Opera premier was performed in 1862 at
the Bolshoi Kamenny theater in Saint Petersburg, then in 1877 for the
first time in Istanbul and in 1964 in the Ankara State Opera House.
opera begins in Spain and continues in Italy and ends again in Spain.
Leonore, daughter of Calatrava Marquis is in love with Don Alvaro.
Alvaro's mother comes from the Inca heritage from the indigenous
peoples of South America. Her father is not willing to marry her
daughter with Alvaro who is not a pure Spanish person. Leonore is
determined to do everything she can to marry Alvaro. While trying to
escape, Alvaro accidentally kills Leonora's father. Lovers leave
while unaware of each other's lives. Leonora's brother, Don Carlo,
calls and seeks illegal lovers to get revenge. In the end, the heroes
all die, unhappy end comes. The work was first written in Spanish as
a theater work, and then it was transformed into opera by Verdi with
a solid dramatic editing. The music is amazingly beautiful. The
melodies in the music that we listen to at the beginning are repeated
throughout the opera.
Conductor is Tulio Gagliardo, Stage Director Evin Atik. Orchestra
plays smooth, choir is strong, İzmir orchestra permanent conductor
performs wonderfully. The work is put on the classic interpretation
scene in İzmir. The decor is reasonable, the costumes are beautiful.
However we could not get the meaning of the gun sounds coming from
the microphone before the overture in the first act.
first act starts in Leonora's bedroom.
second scene is in Spain. Here, the fortune-teller Gypsy girl mezzo
soprano Preziosilla has a beautiful song praising the war.
second act is again in the monastery in Spain.
third act is in Italy at the war zone. The ruthless face of the war
is emerging in the same veil. Preziosilla comes out on the stage
again and tries to cheer people up with her songs, while people are
poor because of the war, relatives are lost. Meanwhile, the monk, who
was there to heal them, says that all the evils that have come to
them are due to the sins they committed.
Fourth Act goes back to the monastery in Spain. People who are trying
to take refuge in the church because of hunger. We see absence of
mercy and greed of monks and other people who are rude.
we see the encounter of Don Carlo and Don Alvaro. Opera ends with the
final scene in front of the cave where Leonora was sheltered.
put together some of the main Arias that stand out in the opera and
can be found easily on YouTube:
1st Act: Me pellegrina ed orfana,
Act: Sono giunta! .... Madre pietosa vergine
Act: Pace, pace mio (Soprano Leyla Gencer is recommended!)
2nd Act: Al suon del Tambura
Alvaro: 3rd Act: La vita é inferno ..... o tu che in seno agli
Carlo: 2nd Act: Son pereda latest ricco d'onore
Act: Morir Tremenda cosa .... Urna fatale del mio Destino
main roles are alternately performed by, Burçin Savigne, Ayşe Tek,
Feryal Türkoğlu, Lorenzo Mok Arranz, Oğuz Çimen, Levent Gündüz,
Aydin Uştuk, Nejad Begde, Gökhan Koç, Tamer Peker, Cengiz Sayin,
Doğukan Özkan, Tevfik Rhodes, Engin Suna and Murat Duyan , Gökhan
Varkan, Ebru Captain, Ayşe Özkan, Ferda Yetiser, Sabri Çapanoğlu,
Tankut Eşber, Kaner Sumer, Başak Karataş, Evrim Keskin Özülgen,
Christopher Gagliardo, Soner Yıldırım, Barış Yener.
premier night, on 3rd May, was performed by the artists settled in
Izmir. On 5th of May, we observed that the performers from outside
Izmir were performing more impressively than the first night. Feryal
Türkoğlu, Cengiz Sayın and Engin Suna have a big share when we get
this impression. Tenor Aydin Uştuk was spectacular on both nights.
The other roles, Preziosilla and Melitone, were performed beautifully
on both days.
Verdi wrote this opera work with the order of Tsarist Russia. It was
a period in which intolerance in Europe is most brutally practiced
when the work was written. Giuseppe Verdi has given support to
national- revolutionary works throughout his life. His works have
rich melody, solid theatrical fiction, big and glorious orchestra,
and powerful chorus music.
our stage director, we were waiting for an article telling us how
she staged in the program book. There were two more available tickets
on May 5-May, while there was no buyer, we left it open in ticket
audience do not get tickets at the opera gate. There's always a lot
of available tickets at the gate before performance. There is always
a last minute ticket purchase in Istanbul and Ankara.
2018-2019 season, this opera is in England's "Royal Opera House"
program. The main roles are shared by Anna Netrebko and Jonas
Kaufmann. The opera will be in Munich, Augsburg, Dresden, Paris and
Zürich. The staging of the Munich opera has contemporary
interpretation with horrors of war introduced.
magnificent opera takes place on 03 (Premier) - 05 - 12 - 14 May 2018
at the Izmir Alhambra opera house. Opera will be at festivals during
the summer season, next season we will see again at Alhambra.
May 10th, 2018
Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department
(1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV
companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail
design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power
plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy
analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software
expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities
and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber
of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.
article is written for "EurasiaReview" web page.