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The force of destiny August 27, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Giuseppe Verdi, Italian, Opera, Theater.

Renata Tebaldi

A 1953 performance of my Dad’s favorite Verdi opera, La Forza Del Destino, by a damn near perfect cast …

Right: Renata Tebaldi as Leonora

Renata Tebaldi as Leonora, Fedora Barbieri as Preziosilla, Mario del Monaco as Alvaro, Aldo Protti as Carlo, Renato Capecchi as Fra Melitone and Cesare Siepi as Padre Guardiano, with the chorus and orchestra of the Teatro Communale di Firenze conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Act I:

Act II:

Act III:

Act IV:

Thanks once again to La Cieca and her glorious website, Parterre Box. Act I is preceded by a tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who passed away a few days before the original podcast.

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