The Force of Destiny, ENO

Photo: Robert Workman for The Arts Desk

This week begins a run of performances of Verdi’s The Force of Destiny at English National Opera. I am singing in the extra chorus. There are a lot of us: Calixto Bieito’s production casts the belligerent masses as nationalists at the inception of the Spanish civil war. This powerful, sprawling opera will run until the beginning of December before it goes across to the Metropolitan Opera House, as it is a co-production.