La Forza Del Destino

  • Opera
  • By Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor: Daniel Oren
  • Director: Pier Francesco Maestrini
  • Cast includes: Ira Bertman, Simon Lim, Walter Fracaro, Ionut Pascu, Yosef Aridan, Enkelejda Shkosa
  • The Israeli Opera, Tel-Aviv
  • Until 27 May 2017
  • Reviewed by Shmuel Ben-tovim
  • 16 May 2017
La Forza Del Destino
5.0Reviewer's Rating

I can’t recall any other world class opera production where you could attribute the phenomenal success of the evening to two Israeli super-talents. In this case: soprano Ira Bertman and conductor Daniel Oren. With Oren this is not much of a surprise – his reputation encompasses the entire opera world. Yet, to listen to the overture of La Forza Del Destino, a regular piece in every basic collection of popular music, and yet to feel like you are hearing it for the first time – this was quite an experience. With Oren the orchestra reached new summits throughout the night, doing so much justice to Verdi’s beautiful score.

Bertman, as well, is not a new face on the opera stage, in Israel or elsewhere. However, it was a pleasure to listen to her and watch her in such a demanding leading role. She was emotional at times and serene and dramatic at others. She was extremely moving with her voice, appearance and interpretation of the role of Leonora, starting from Act I onward. I found myself waiting for her to go on stage again and again.

The high level of opera making did not stop with them. The Korean Bass Simon Lim, as Padre Guardiano, in his Israeli debut, left huge impression with his voice and dramatic presence. So was Baritone Ionut Pascu, a more frequent visitor here, in the role of Don Carlo. Fra Melitone, the comic character of a Franciscan monk, was wonderfully played and sung by the baritone Boris Statsenko, almost stealing the show from the main characters.

Essential elements in the joy from this production were delivered by the great team of designers. Director Maestrini’s stage was consistent with the era and the plot, creating altogether a very special night.

 

Sung in Italian with English and Hebrew subtitles

About The Author

President, City TLV

Shmuel is the President of City TLV, a Director at Ben-Tovim Consultants Ltd. and a Board member of the International Harp Contest. His career has covered both the private and public sectors. From 2005 to 2010 he was seconded to the Embassy of Israel in London as Minister for Economic Affairs. Previously he had a tour of duty in New York where he became a regular at the Met. From 1998 to 2005 Shmuel served as Mayor of Kfar Shmaryahu, where he pioneered unique concert and theatre series. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the Hebrew University.

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