Verdi's Don Carlo from Covent Garden

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Verdi's 'Don Carlo' from Covent Garden. Verdi's Don Carlo from Covent Garden. (Catherine Ashmore)

Fresh from its latest appearance on the Covent Garden stage in London, this production of Verdi's Don Carlo features an all-star, international cast — including tenor Jonas Kaufmann in one of his signature roles — in one of Verdi's most beautiful, and also perplexing, operas.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents a performance of Don Carlo in a production led by conductor Antonio Pappano.

Cast:

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Don Carlo: Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Elisabeth de Valois: Anja Harteros (soprano)

Rodrigo: Mariusz Kwiecen (baritone)

King Phillip II: Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Princess Eboli: Beatrice Uria-Monzon (mezzo-soprano)

Grand Inquisitor: Eric Halfvarson (bass)

Voice from Heaven: Susana Gaspar (soprano)

Tebaldo: Dusica Bijelic (soprano)

Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

What a joy to hear \this Italian version. It's gutsier and even better conceived than the original French version.
Wagner composed his "Rienzi" in 1840 as a six hour opera, later trimmed it one full hoiur in consideration of the title role tenor and his wife Minna's complaint that after the Dresden premiere, the opera being so long, all the restaurants had already closed. The cast was one of the best although I remember my colleagues Jerome Hines, Jussi Bjprling and Robert Merrill distilling the essence of the opera in sublime singing. FERRUCCCIO FURLANETTO [Philip II], JONAS KAUFMANN [Don Carlo], MAURIUSZ KWIECIEN [Rodrigo], ANJA HARTEROS [Elizabeth], BEATRICE URIA-MONZON [Eboli] and ERIC HALVARSON [Grand Iquisitior] and maesttro ANTONIO PAPPANO were all passionate in their marvelous singing and convincing dramaturgically. KUDOS TO ALL !!! I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer ["SHAKESPEARE" and "THE POLITICAL SHAKESPEARE"] and director of The Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where all the Wagner and all the Shakespeare roles arte taught as well as vocal technque for singing and declamation. www.WagnerOpera.com

Sep. 21 2013 07:35 PM

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