Lise Davidsen leads The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Verdi’s ‘La Forza del Destino’

The Metropolitan Opera opens the second half of its 2023–24 season with a new production of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino on 26 February 2024, starring soprano Lise Davidsen in her role debut as the opera’s heroine, Leonora.

One of the most celebrated sopranos of her generation, Davidsen returns this season after a series of Met triumphs, including an acclaimed recital in September, as well as a Met Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall earlier this month.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, leads Davidsen, tenor Brian Jagde as Don Alvaro, baritone Igor Golovatenko as Don Carlo, mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi as Preziosilla, bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone, and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano for the first six performances.

For the final three performances, soprano Elena Stikhina and mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova take over as Leonora and Preziosilla, with the rest of the cast remaining.

Award-winning director Mariusz Treliński directs the Met’s first new production of Forza in nearly 30 years, also his third production for the Met. Treliński’s creative team includes set designer Boris Kudlička, costume designer Moritz Junge, lighting designer Marc Heinz, projection designer Bartek Macias, and choreographer Maćko Prusak—in his Met company debut. 2

The performance of La Forza del Destino on Saturday, March 9, will be transmitted live to movie theaters around the globe as part of the Met’s Live in HD cinema series.

The February 26, and March 9 and 29 performances of La Forza del Destino will be broadcast live on the SiriusXM app. The March 9 performance will also be broadcast over The Robert K. Johnson Foundation—Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, and audio from the February 26 performance will also be streamed live on the Met’s website.

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