Verdi’s La Forza del Destino marks the return of the grand opera to the Porto Ageas Coliseum

The Porto Ageas Coliseum and the San Carlos National Theater (TNSC) come together to present the opera La Forza del Destino, one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most ambitious compositions. Soprano Julianna Di Giacomo and tenor Kristian Benedikt take on the pair Leonora / Alvaro, in a story where intense personal dramas unfold with the war in the background.

Very rarely did Verdi’s music break out as strongly as in this opera of limit situations: the story of Don Alvaro and his reciprocating passion for Donna Leonora, daughter of the Marquis of Calatrava, is sung. When the Marquis refuses to hold his daughter’s hand in marriage, the consequences are dramatic and tragedy takes hold of his destiny.

Verdi and Francesco Maria Piave based La Forza del Destino on the dramatic play by Angel de Saavedra, Don Alvaro, the Fuerzo del Bell. Together they created a remarkable four-act opera, both in history and scenery and in orchestration.

The partnership between the Porto Ageas Coliseum and the only lyric theater in the country thus has an important continuity after the huge success of La traviata in 2018, which sold out in Lisbon and Porto, and “Turandot”, which in 2017 put ending a 33-year absence from the TNSC at the Colosseum.


Tickets cost between € 20 and € 50 and went on sale this Friday at Porto Ageas Coliseum, Blueticket and usual venues.
Discounts: 20% Friends Coliseum, 10% Children from 6 to 12 years and over 65, 10% Music students.
+ info and tickets:
The Forza del Destiny, Giuseppe Verdi {1813-1901}
Opera in four acts, with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave {1810-1876}
Musical Direction Antonio Pirolli
Staging David Pountney
Raimund Bauer Scenography
Marie-Jeanne Lecca Costumes
Michael Spenceley Choreography
Light design Fabrice Kebour
Marquis of Calatrava, Father Guardiano Miklos Sebastien
Donna Leonora Julianna Di Giacomo
Don Carlo Damiano Salerno
Don Alvaro Kristian Benedikt
Preziosilla, Curra Cátia Moreso
Fra Melitone Luís Rodrigues
Mayor, Surgeon João Merino
Trabuco to be defined
São Carlos National Theater Choir
Full Conductor Giovanni Andreoli
Portuguese Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Holder Joana Carneiro
Bonn Theater, Welsh National Opera
Porto Ageas Coliseum and São Carlos National Theater
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