Don Carlo (Blu-ray)
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Don Carlo (Blu-ray)
Artists: Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini; Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma; Michele Pertusi; Jose Bros; Vladimir Stoyanov; Ievgen Orlov; Serena Farnocchia; Marianne Cornetti; Daniel Oren
Format: Classical, NTSC
Language: French, Italian, German, English
Number of discs: 1
Release Date: June 23, 2017
First performed in French at the Paris Opera in 1867, Don Carlo is in many ways an amazingly innovative work. The opera seems to underline Verdi`s shift from the Manichean division between good and evil, which had been a clear, structural element of his dramaturgy up to that point in his career.
In this opera, Verdi assembles all his mainstay music theatre themes: power, with its honors and burdens; the contrasts of impossible love; the conflict between father and son; and an oppressed people demanding freedom. Verdi radically revised the score in 1883, using an Italian libretto and reducing the opera from five acts to four.
The popularity of Don Carlo has grown unremittingly ever since, with today`s critics almost unanimously recognizing it as one of Verdi`s greatest masterpieces, an opera that continues to reveal new gems. Daniel Oren is fully in control on the podium, ensuring unanimity between orchestra and singers. The Maestro softens teh dark tones of the score, which are well reflected in the visuals, choosing instead to emphasize the various changes of mood.
Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo
Verdi’s longest and most ambitious opera is a powerful epic of love and politics set in France and Spain at the height of the Inquisition. The score combines intimate solos and ensembles with grand choral scenes, most notably the monumental auto-da-fé that ends Act III. Following its 1867 premiere in Paris (sung in French as Don Carlos), the composer revised the opera several times over a period of almost 20 years. Nicholas Hytner’s Met production, first seen in 2010, presents Don Carlo in its original five acts, sung in Italian.
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