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Alfredo Catalani’s rarely performed opera “La Wally” (1892) ends with an avalanche killing the hero and the distraught heroine flinging herself into a snowy abyss. It’s the sort of thing that drives directors mad.
The plot of Verdi’s “La forza del destino” (The Force of Destiny) is wonderfully crazy even by operatic standards. There are coincidences, there are accidents, and the soprano spends most of the story as a monk. No wonder it’s known as a director’s graveyard.
It’s a sad fact that classical recording contracts are as rare as shy sopranos or well-read tenors. Baritone and former accountant Mark Stone , passionate about English songs, isn’t fazed. He founded his own label.