Anna Netrebko as Leonora sings 'Pace, pace mio Dio' aria in Christof Loy's production of Verdi's sweepingly ambitious opera on war, religion, love and fate.
La forza del destino is one of Verdi's most ambitious scores. Its overture - which introduces us to the sinister motif signifying Fate - is one of his most memorable. The opera also contains some of Verdi’s most brilliant choral writing, including Act III’s stirring ‘Rataplan’ chorus, and several beautiful and intimate arias such as Leonora's ardent Act IV 'Pace, pace mio Dio!'. There's comedy too with the scenes for the greedy monk Fra Melitone. Christof Loy's colourful and spectacular production reflects the kaleidoscopic nature of Verdi's opera, where intense personal dramas play out against a background of war, and in which religion plays an ambiguous role.
Verdi and his librettist and friend Francesco Maria Piave based La forza del destino on Ángel de Saavedra's highly dramatic play Don Alvaro, o la fuerzo del sino, and also incorporated material from Schiller's Wallenstein's Camp for Act III's military scenes. Following Forza's 1862 St Petersburg premiere, Verdi made extensive revisions to the score. The most substantial of these were a new overture, and a less melodramatic ending, in which Don Alvaro remained alive rather than committing suicide. The revised Forza, the version best known today, had its premiere on 27 February 1869 at La Scala, Milan.
Anthony Roth Costanzo - Handel: Flavio, HWV 16 - Rompo i Lacci
Tilda Swinton is up to her beautifully bizarre tricks in a new music video she co-directed with partner Sandro Kopp. The six-minute video arrives just ahead of the release of Swinton’s new movie, Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria,” and is set to an aria by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, with composition by George Frideric Handel. In it, Swinton’s Springer Spaniels are featured performing tricks and running through the wilderness in slow motion.
Short Movie Director: Marco Boarino Short Movie Associate Directors & Production: Setteventi
Performed by Delphine Galou with Accademia Bizantina Ottavio Dantone, conductor with: Delphine Galou, Alto Alessandro Tampieri, Andrea Rognoni, Lisa Kawata Ferguson, violins I Ana Liz Ojeda Hernandez, Paolo Zinzani, Mauro Massa, violins II Diego Mecca, Alice Bisanti, altos Mauro Valli, Paolo Ballanti, cellos Nicola Dal Maso, double basses Tiziano Bagnati, lute OTTAVIO DANTONE, harpsichord, organ and conductor
Vittorio Grigòlo performs O dieu! de quelle ivresse from Jacques Offenbach's: Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
"But what pleasure the show has given over the decades, and what a marvellous frame it has provided for a succession of memorable tenors in the title-role from Placido Domingo to Alfredo Kraus and Rolando Villazon. To that line the name of Vittorio Grigòlo can now be added. He acts with terrific fervour as both the drunken wreck of the exordia and the ingenuous patsy of the central episodes, making the conflicted character deeply sympathetic ( ) he tossed off the Kleinzach ballad with witty élan and rose expansively to the ardour of Oh dieu, de quelle ivresse and the duet with Antonia (...) his is a rare vocal talent matched to a star personality." THE TELEGRAPH
Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann recorded at Royal Opera House London on November 15th, 2016
Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse Embrases tu mon âme! Comme un concert divin Ta voix m'a pénétré! D'un feu doux et brûlant Mon être est dévoré; Tes regards Dans les miens ont épanché leur flamme, Comme des astres radieux Et je sens, ô ma bienaimée, Passer ton haleine embaumée Sur mes lèvres et sur mes yeux.
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU : Tristes apprêts (Castor et Pollux) Sabine Devieilhe, soprano Les Ambassadeurs, dir. Alexis Kossenko Excerpt from album "LE GRAND THEATRE DE L'AMOUR" (Warner Classics / Erato) (Colin Laurent, réalisateur)