Don Carlos (1996)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
José van Dam ...
Roberto Alagna ...
Don Carlos
Thomas Hampson ...
Rodrigue, Marquis de Posa
Karita Mattila ...
Elizabeth de Valois
Waltraud Meier ...
La Princesse Eboli
Eric Halfvarson ...
Csaba Airizer ...
Un moine / Charles V
Anat Efrati ...
Donna Brown ...
Une voix d'en haut
Scott Weir ...
Le comte de Lerme / Un hérault royal
Laurent Austry ...
Député flamand
Paul Gay ...
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Paul Medioni ...
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Joel Mitchell ...
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An outstanding production well preserved on video
28 January 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A sensation at Covent Garden in 1994. This production of the original five act Don Carlos (in French) achieved the perfect combination of a homogeneous ensemble of international celebrities and eased the passage of Antonia Pappano into his current position as musical director of the Royal Opera House.

The video is a faithful transcription (i.e. not too much close-up) of Gilles Aillaud's brilliantly designed production for Luc Bondy originally at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris. The simple sets are uncluttered and carefully lit and there are surprising sequences of magic-realism including a final sequence played as an unashamed and infallible tear-jerker.

But such an opera lives or dies by its cast of singers. All are immersed in their character to the exclusion of self-aggrandisement (Thomas Hampson even agrees to wear a wig which might count as the one flaw in the show). I succumb most readily to Jose van Dam's terribly burdened King Philip and Karita Mattila's impossibly good Elisabetta. Unbeatable in any respect. 8/10

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