Opera’s exhilarating conducting puts a human face on world at war

Andrea_Gruber_small.jpgJoshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 4 November 2005]
Two things happen in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” which opened at the San Francisco Opera on Wednesday night in a new and distracted production. An aristocratic Spanish family is torn apart by love, racism and sheer bad luck, and the European countryside is ravaged by war.