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Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos (1986)

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Ferruccio Furlanetto ...
Fiamma Izzo d'Amico ...
Elizabeth of Valois
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Agnes Baltsa ...
The Princess Eboli
Piero Cappuccilli ...
Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa
Matti Salminen ...
The Grand Inquisitor
Franco de Grandis ...
Monk
Antonella Bandelli ...
Tybalt, Page to Elizabeth / Voice from on high
Horst Nitsche ...
The Counf of Lerma
Katharina Schchter ...
Countess Aremberg
Volker Horn ...
A royal herald
Natale De Carolis ...
Flemish Deputy
Noel Ramirez ...
Flemish Deputy
Petteri Salomaa ...
Flemish Deputy
Roberto Servile ...
Flemish Deputy
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One of my favourite Don Carlos
17 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Don Carlo is in the top 5 of my favourite Verdi operas, especially for its amazing music that is one of the more complex Verdi scores perhaps. This 1986 production is one of my favourites of this amazing opera. I like and respect Herbert Von Karajan, and he conducts with real finesse and power while conducting without a score, especially coming to life in the powerful climaxes such as Act 2's and A Mezzanotte. The orchestra as always are superb.

Musically if there was one thing I wasn't entirely fond of, it was that Eboli's Veil Song is cut in half, which to me didn't make sense. Visually it is solid, with excellent clarity and good video directing(though I could have done with less of the sideway shots). The sets and lighting suit the tone of the opera well, if a tad drab in the Auto-Da-Fe scene, while the costumes look great.

It's the singing that really makes this production. Jose Carreras sings wonderfully, and I don't think I have seen a performance this charismatic from him before. 22-year old Fiamma Izzo D'Amico is a beautifully-sung, pure and dutiful Elisabetta(not to mention absolutely beautiful!), while Piero Cappucilli is great and vocally expressive as Posa, his Dio Che Nell'Alma Infondere with Carreras is a treat and epitomises loyalty and nobility. Matti Salminen is an appropriately imposing Grand Inquisitor. My favourites though are Agnes Baltsa's fiery, melodramatic and very exciting Eboli(particularly in O Don Fatale) and Ferruccio Furlanetto's dark, conflicted and very moving King Phillip.

Overall, a great production and one of my favourites of this opera. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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