New Amsterdam Opera mounts La Forza del Destino.
|Face-off: Tenor Errin Brooks (in profile) confronts baritone Stephen Gaertner|
in La Forza del Destino at New Amsterdam Opera. Photo by Bidrum Vabish.
I have a confession to make. Up until yesterday, I had never heard of the New Amsterdam Opera. And then, on Friday afternoon on Facebook, a colleague and fellow critic mentioned that he was going to see their concert performance of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino ("The Force of Destiny") in the theater at Riverside church that very night. So it was my great pleasure to finds out that conductor Keith Chambers and his company were tackling Verdi’s most challenging opera in a concert performance.
What’s more, they did it with style.