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Force of Destiny 1910Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Forza was an unknown quantity for British audiences, long neglected even in London, and never played before in Scotland. This tour, with a specially commissioned translation allowing performances in English for the first time, was launched in Manchester in November 1909, and would not reach London until the following November. It was titled quite simply as Destiny, an idea that does not seem to have caught on. While The Force of Destiny is hardly idiomatic English, we seem to be stuck with it - ENO did once try calling it The Power of Fate - so much more appropriate - but it played to rows of empty seats.

At this performance, Leonora was taken by a cover, the scheduled soprano, Ina Hill, being indisposed. It says much for the Carl Rosa management that they were able to field a good replacement for such an unusual role.

Performance Cast

Marchese di Calatrava a Marquis, father of Leonora and Carlo

Alexander Richard

Donna Leonora di Vargas

Gertrude Vane

Don Alvaro a Peruvian nobleman

Walter Wheatley

Preziosilla a gypsy

Marion Broom

Don Carlo di Vargas

Hebden Foster

Melitone a Franciscan friar

Frederick Clendon

Padre Guardiano Franciscan Father Superior

Arthur Winckworth

Performance DatesForce of Destiny 1910

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Grand Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

14 Mar, 00.00

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