The original opera is darker with a grittier integration of text and music and is truer to the original source: Angel Perez de Saavedra’s play Don Alvaro o La Fuerza del sino. Instead of the elaborate overture that Verdi added for the Milan premiere, a brief prelude catapults us into the opening scene.
Act 3 ends with the final confrontation between Carlo and Alvaro, instead of the rousing “Rataplan” chorus of the revision, the act concludes with Alvaro’s solo, thereby focussing dramatic tension with far greater intensity on the central issue of the opera; the role of fate in our lives.
At the end of the opera, where the later version offers a resolution based on spiritual consolation, Verdi confronts headlong the logical implications of his plot and its brutal consequences. The magnificent cast assembled here includes superb Verdians, Martino Arroyo and Peter Glossop. They interpret Verdi’s original score with a commitment and enthusiasm that will certainly not disappoint.
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