The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Season 7, Episode 7

Don Carlo (26 Mar. 1983)
"Live from the Metropolitan Opera" Don Carlo (original title)

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Don Carlo, crown prince of Spain, falls in love with Elisabeth of Valois, originally promised to him but later married to his father King Philip, as part of the terms of a peace treaty ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Peter Sliker ...
A forester
Betsy Norden ...
Mirella Freni ...
Elisabeth de Valois
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Don Carlo
John Gilmore ...
The Count of Lerma
Barbara Greene ...
The Countessof Aremberg
Julien Robbins ...
A friar
Louis Quilico ...
Rodrigo
Nicolai Ghiaurov ...
Philip II
Grace Bumbry ...
The Princess Eboli
Charles Anthony ...
A herald
Marvis Martin ...
A celestial voice
Ferruccio Furlanetto ...
The Grand Inquisitor
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Don Carlo, crown prince of Spain, falls in love with Elisabeth of Valois, originally promised to him but later married to his father King Philip, as part of the terms of a peace treaty between France and Spain. Incited to treason against his father on behalf of the Flemish, and accused of adultery with the queen, Don Carlo is cast into prison. Escaping, he flees to the monastery of St. Just, where Elisabeth comes to bid him farewell. The lovers are surprised by the King and the Grand Inquisitor, but Don Carlo is protected from them when the ghostly Charles V emerges from the tomb and draws him into the cloister. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Interesting and beautifully sung
2 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As some may know I am a big fan of classical music and opera, but this performance of Don Carlo(s) was quite a treat for me, seeing as I am very fond of several of the singers involved here. I agree the ending is somewhat inconclusive, but part of me thinks that that is more to do with the opera than with the production itself. The story is complicated, maybe not quite Il Trovatore complicated, but it is quite a complex opera with a lot going on.

Production-wise, this is excellent. The costumes and sets are wonderfully done, and the videography is interesting to say the least, loved some of the shots. I love Verdi's score to death. Like the story, it is one of his more complex ones, and is full of amazing moments, especially Carlo and Rodreigo's duet, the duet between Phillip and Rodreigo which is really quite scary, Rodreigo's death aria and Phillip's lament. And the singing and acting are top drawer.

Placido Domingo is wonderful here, it is not the best I've seen him, but he does demonstrate an amazing voice and great stage presence. Louis Quilico is a good Rodreigo, though he takes some time to warm up and is rather stolid, he blended well with Domingo and his death scene was very moving. Mirella Freni is both stunning and riveting, I have always loved for her alluring personality and big beautiful voice, and this is no exception as she is heart rending sometimes here, while Grace Bumbry with her seductive diction is for me one of the best Ebolis there is. Nicolai Ghiaurov is just amazing here, there are several roles that were made for him(ie. Gremin, Colline) and this is one of them. So noble, so firm with a presence that literally leaves you on the edge of your seat. And Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the most imposing and chilling Grand Inquisitors I've seen.

Overall, very interesting and effortlessly performed from all involved. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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