Opera in four acts, La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) by famous Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi, premiered on the Main Stage on 25th February under the baton of maestro Dejan Savić. The opera has been staged by an Italian stage director, Alberto Paloscia.
This has been the fifth staging of this masterpiece of operatic art in the National Theatre. The opera is renowned for its captivating melodies, rhythm, drama, beautiful Verdian arias and duets, and, of course, for its plot.
In this macabre adventure tale about passions of love, hate and revenge, about merciless persecution, self-denial and, finally, about death and forgiveness, the interpreters were Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović (Leonora), Miodrag D. Jovanović (Don Carlos), Dejan Maksimović (Don Alvaro), Jadranka Jovanović (Preziosilla), Nebojša Babić (Fra Melitone), Ivan Tomašev (Guardian), Aleksandar Manevski (Marquis), Tatjana Mitić (Maid), Sveto Kastratović (Alcade), Darko Đorđević (Trabuco) and Predrag Gligorić (Surgeon).
Paloscia staged the production based on famous production of La forza del destino, staged by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and Frank Lolli, which premiered at the festival “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” in Florence in 1953.
Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of the National Theatre in Belgrade also took part in the performance.
The production team: Vesna Jansens (concertmaster), Miraš Vuksanović (set designer), Katarina Grčić Nikolić (costume designer), Dejan Kolarov (choreographer) and Teresa Gargano (lighting master).
The team of associates: Teresa Gargano and Ivana Dragutinović Maričić (assistant to the stage director), Mateo Anselmi and Ana Grigorović (assistant stage directors), Dijana Cvetković and Patrick Burns (assistant conductors) and Jasna Saramandić (assistant set designer).
The following performance will take place on 8th March, also under the baton of Dejan Savić, with the following cast: Ana Rupčić (Leonora), Miodrag D. Jovanović (Don Carlos), Dušan Plazinić (Don Alvaro), Aleksandra Angelov (Preziosilla), Nebojša Babić (Fra Melitone), Nenad Jakovljević (Guardian), Mihailo Šljivić (Marquis), Jovana Belić (Maid), Strahinja Đokić (Alcade), Slobodan Živković (Trabuco) and Miroslav Markovski (Surgeon).
La forza del destino, Verdi’s 22nd opera and one of favourites in the opera repertory, had its world premiere in Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 22nd November 1862.
The libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave, based on Don Alvaro, a drama written in 1835 by a Spanish writer Angel de Saavedra, with a scene adapted from Schiller’s Wallensteins Lager.
The opera was performed for the first time on the National Theatre’s stage on 7th October 1938, on occasion of 125th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The opera was conducted by Ivan Bre¬zov¬šek, while Erich Hezl directed the production, and the cast was: Aleksandar Trifunović (Marquis de Calatrava), Zlata Đunđenac (Leonora), Krsta Ivić (Alvaro), Rudolf Ertl (Don Carlos), Žarko Cvejić (Guardian), Stanoje Janković (Fra Melitone), Božica Sarvan (Preziosilla), etc.
The following staging took place on 6th February 1965, under the baton of Dušan Miladinović, and was directed by Ani Radošević. The cast: Aleksandar Đokić (Marquis), Radmila Bakočević (Leonora), Mirjana Vasiljević (Maid), Atilio Planinšek (Alvaro), Stanoje Janković (Don Carlos), Đurđevka Čakarević (Preziosilla), Velizar Maksimović (Fra Melitone), Đorđe Đurđević (Guardian)…
The third premiere of La forza del destino took place in the newly reconstructed building of the National Theatre on 26th December 1989. It was conducted by Nikolaj Žličar and stage directed by Mladen Sabljić and Borislav Popović. The cast: Vukašin Savić (Marquis), Milka Stojanović (Leonora), Rumen Dojkov (Alvaro), Zoran Aleksandrić (Don Carlos), Jadranka Jovanović (Preziosilla), Velizar Maksimović (Fra Melitone), Aleksandar Đokić (Guardian)…
The fourth staging  took place on 11th April 2009, under the baton of Aleksandar Marković; it was stage directed by Darijan Mihajlović. The cast: Vuk Matić (Marquis), Dragana Radivojević (Leonora), Dušan Plazinić (Alvaro), Miodrag D. Jovanović (Don Carlos), Aleksandra Angelov (Preziosilla), Aleksandar Stamatović (Fra Melitone), Ivan Tomašev (Guardian), Ivanka Raković Krstonošić (Maid), Sveto Kastratović (Alcade), Igor Matvejev (Trabuco) and Branislav Kosanić (Surgeon).
Click HERE to see photographs from the premiere (25th February 2017)