Verdi's Don Carlo
This episode begins earlier than usual, at 12:30 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Metropolitan Opera returns to the radio this season with a new production of Don Carlo, Verdi's epic love story set during the Spanish Inquisition. The top-drawer cast includes soprano Marina Poplavskaya as Elisabeth, the Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the tormented King Philip and the South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee in the title role (replacing Roberto Alagna). The young Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.
Achille de Lauzières and Angelo Zanardini wrote the original text for the production, but the libretto was later revised by Antonio Ghislanzoni and Verdi himself.
World Premiere: Paris Opera (Salle Le Peletier), March 11, 1867 (French Version)
U.S. Premiere: New York, Academy of Music, April 12, 1877 (five-act version, in Italian)
Metropolitan Opera Premiere: December 23, 1920 (four-act version, in Italian)
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Elisabeth de Valois: Marina Poplavskaya
Princess Eboli: Anna Smirnova
Don Carlo: Yonghoon Lee
Rodrigo: Simon Keenlyside
Philip II: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Grand Inquisitor: Eric Halfvarson
Margaret Juntwait returns as the broadcast series's host for her seventh season, joined by commentator Ira Siff.