La forza del destino (The Force of Destino) is an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on a Spanish drama, Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino (1835), by Ángel de Saavedra, 3rd Duke of Rivas, with a scene adapted from Friedrich Schiller's Wallensteins Lager. It was first performed in the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 22, 1862.
La forza del destino is frequently performed, and there have been a number of complete recordings. In addition, the overture is part of the standard repertoire for orchestras, often played as the opening piece at concerts.
This 1977 recording stars Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes. James Levine Conducts.