DON ALVARO [the play of Duque de Rivas] and THE FORCE OF DESTINY [the opera of Verdi]
Adapted in English by Paul A.M. Pinto and Judith A. Pinto
With the Romantic era being a high point for Spanish drama, Rivas’s Don Alvaro was perhaps the most outstanding example. The play intermingles tragedy and
comedy, where high-minded noblemen and country bumpkins pursue their destinies
side by side. As often as not, tears and laughter are just a glance apart.
Based on the drama, Verdi’s opera The Force of Destiny, though it diverges in major and minor ways from the play, follows the pattern
set by the playwright. For this reason some have deemed it diffuse and
episodic, whilst others have hailed it as Verdi’s most Shakespearean opera.
In this book Paul and Judy Pinto offer a stageworthy English adaptation of the
play, as well as a singable, yet readable, English version of the opera. Two
swashbuckling stories in one. Alike, yet startlingly different, and both easily
enjoyed from your own armchair.
Paul A.M. Pinto
Paul Pinto’s military service in the USA Army was during the Vietnam era. He became a
Material Aid Advisor for Church World Service in Algeria, Congo-Kinshasa, and
Madagascar. Gaining an MA from New Mexico State University, USA in 1973, he
later achieved a PhD from the University of North Carolina, USA in 1979. He
worked as a Portuguese Instructor at the Defence Language Institute, Presidio
of Monterey, California, and has been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi (an
honorary society). He has had a number of articles published associated with
his knowledge and interest in operatic work.
Judith A. Pinto
Judith was the British Yorkshire-born wife of Paul Pinto. She graduated with
Highest Honours in Surgery from Hull Royal Infirmary Nurses’ Training School in 1960, and worked as a nurse in open heart surgery at Castle
Hill Hospital in Hull, Yorkshire. She directed a Mobile Mother and Child Clinic
(as a volunteer with Quaker Services) in Eastern Algeria. In 1979 she sadly
succumbed to Huntington’s Disease, a debilitating fatal illness.