Verdi’s La forza del destino
Royal Opera House
Anna Netrebko Leonora
Jonas Kaufman Don Alvaro
Ludovic Tézier Don Carlo
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano conductor
… the truth is that you are unlikely to hear Verdi better sung or played this year. In an opera with so many heartstopping arias and barnstorming choral and orchestral moments, that’s almost all that matters.
There are stunning solos from the pit too –
[Timothy Orpen’s] solo clarinet primus inter pares in an orchestra brilliantly fired up by Antonio Pappano.
This world-class cast is transfixing…