Royal Opera (UK): La forza del destino

A Part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series

Above: Sondra Radvonovsky in Verdi’s La forza del destino Credit: Camilla Greenwell

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We are pleased to present a stunning production of Verdi’s La forza del destino from Royal Opera House, UK.

Leonora and Don Alvaro’s secret elopement goes horribly wrong when Leonora’s father is accidentally killed by Alvaro. Separated in the confusion, the lovers instead seek refuge in spirituality and solitude, but Leonora’s brother hasn’t forgotten and is determined to get revenge. Will fate bring them all together again? Verdi’s epic opera combines love, war, religion and fate, and is sung by a stellar cast including Sondra Radvanovsky, Brian Jagde and Etienne Dupuis, conducted by Mark Elder.

Summary provided courtesy of Royal Opera, UK.


About the Host:
Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida.


This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in June and lasts until the end of November.




Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 11/18/2023 - 11/18/2023

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  • Series Host: WFMT Host Lisa Flynn
  • Series Producer: WFMT Producer Daniel Goldberg
  • Broadcast Presentation: BBC Radio 3 presenters
  • Broadcast Producers: BBC Opera on 3 Production Team