The Fates smile on BOC's `Forza'

Opera Review

October 08, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic

In our oh-so-enlightened times, the concept that life means being caught up in a hideous, inexorable whirl of events beyond all reason and control might not get a lot of takers. But this notion struck the imagination of many people in centuries past, and struck hard.

This helps account for quite a few operas with plots propelled almost entirely by cruel bursts of fate. There is no finer example of this type than Verdi's La forza del destino.

If you go La forza del destino will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Lyric Opera House, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave. $46 to $132, 410-727-6000, baltimoreopera.com.

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