Giuseppe Verdi's 'Don Carlo' from the San Francisco Opera

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo) and Ana María Martínez (Elisabetta) (Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Tune in at 1pm for this week's Saturday at the Opera featuring Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo from the San Francisco Opera. At the time of Spain’s brutal Inquisition, the king of Spain marries the woman his son loves and sets into motion a tension-filled chain of events. Don’t miss this magnificent tale of romantic triangles, political idealism and life-and-death devotion.

Conductor – Nicola Luisotti


Don Carlo – Michael Fabiano

Elisabetta – Ana María Martínez

Princess Eboli – Nadia Krasteva

Rodrigo – Mariusz Kwiecien

Philip II – René Pape

Philip II – Ferruccio Furlanetto

The Grand Inquisitor – Andrea Silvestrelli

Comments [1]

CastaDiva from New York, NY

Outstanding Ana Maria Martinez. She was a superb Elisabetta, and her pianissimos were exquisite. Fine Eboli, too, with her smoky mezzo. Kwiezen sounded mellow and smooth as Rodrigo. The tenor started unpromisingly, as his opening aria was somewhat disappointing; but he warmed up later in the opera, and his duets with Elisabetta and with Rodrigo were good; but Fabbiano is not vocally ready to tackle this role yet. The piece de resistance in this magnificent opera is, of course, the scene between Phillip and the Grand Inquisitor, but this fell flat, as neither of the singers had the gravitas to carry off their roles in this scene with its undertones of fear and retribution. But the star was definitely Martinez, and the enthusiastic, prolonged applause she received were well deserved. Brava, diva.

Oct. 15 2016 05:20 PM

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