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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Peter Sliker ...
A forester
Betsy Norden ...
Mirella Freni ...
Elisabeth de Valois
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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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James Levine ...
Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ...
Chorus
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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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Ghiaurov, Freni, Furlanetto, Bumbry...Wow
12 March 2005 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The best singing of Verdi's most introspective and complex score. This video should be a requisite for any and all collections. Act III (perhaps Verdi's best) would merit a graduate seminar review on its own virtues. Freni gives a riveting rendition of "Tu che ne vanita...", and the duet between Filipo and The Inquisitor is appropriately earth shaking. For being a filmed stage performance, the videography and performances are acutely intimate, with a number of interesting angles and close-ups. Despite the inconclusive ending, this is one of the high points of western musical theater, and is under appreciated outside of hard-core opera circles. An absolute 10.


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