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Force of Destiny, 2015, John Ross

ENO’s first new production of The Force of Destiny in over 20 years was directed by Calixto Bieito and nominated for an Olivier Award in the Best New Opera category. A drama of passion, war, honour and vengeance, it follows the entwined destinies of the youthful lovers Leonora and Alvar. Drawing on his Spanish-Catalan heritage, Bieito updated the setting to the mid-1930s, during the Spanish Civil War. Verdi's powerful score was conducted by ENO Music Director Mark Wigglesworth.