The Force of Destiny by G. Verdi

November 27th, 2017

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino — The Force of Destiny — is an opera that can leave even diehard Verdi lovers shaking their heads. Its story can be as   confounding as the music is compelling, with a plot in which a single, unfortunate happenstance drives characters to lifetimes of incomprehensible behavior. There’s one character who travels the world, braving war and desolation, in an obsessive quest to murder his own sister.

And the production? Verdi’s opera is a predominantly dark-hued tragedy, with a grim, historical setting — but it does have contrasting moments of gaiety and spectacle, provided by a high-spirited gypsy woman and her band of lusty camp followers. In the rolle of Preziosilla gypsy woman is Terezija Kusanovic.


What is interesting about this opera are the legends surrounding it. To be more precise, there is a kind of curse following it (not exactly like  Shake speare’s ‘Macbeth’), but some singers do not like to accept roles in it. Luciano Pavarotti never sang in it because of this fear, and the rumors of a curse took off in the sixties in Metropolitan, when an American baritone died of a stroke while singing precisely about it – the death.

The conductor Ivo Lipanovic says: “We have no fear, although we had various accidents. These accidents are likely to accompany any show. For example, right at the beginning of our work director’s collaborator broke her leg. However, for us the most important thing is that the audience not be superstitious.”


Croatian national theatre Split, november 23rd, 27th, 29th & december 1st



Author’s team

Conductor:     Ivo Lipanovic

Director:         Dražen Siriscevic

Set designer:   Slaven Raos

Costume designer:  Sonja Obradovic

Choreographer: Igor Kirov

Choirmaster: Ana Sabasov

Light designer: Srdjan Barbaric

Concert maestro: Valter Lovricevic



Marchese di Calatrava: Bozo Zupić, Marijo Krnic

Leonora: Daniela Schillaci

Don Carlo: Giorgio Surian

Don Alvaro: Zoran Todorovich, Vladimir Garic

Preziosilla: Terezija Kusanovic, Bjanka Ivas (studijska uloga)

Padre Guardiano: Ivica Cikes, Mate Akrap

Fra Melitone: Ozren Bilusic, Marko Lasic

Curra: Bjanka Ivas, Vera Obukhova Velic

Alcade: Joško Tranfic

Mastro: Trabuco Spiro Boban, Vinko Maroevic

Chirurgo: Marijo Krnic, Bozo Zupic