Verdi: Don Carlo (DVD) – Luis Lima, Ileana Cotrubas

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Verdi: Don Carlo (DVD) – Luis Lima, Ileana Cotrubas

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Luis Lima, Ileana Cotrubas, Giorgio Zancanaro, Robert Lloyd, Patricia Parker, Matthew Best, Bruna Baglioni, Joseph Rouleau, John Dobson, Alan Jones, Lola Biagioni, Romayne Grigorova, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Director: Luchino Visconti
Video Format: 4:3
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
Release Date: 
Run Time: 204 minutes

Verdi was commissioned by the Paris Opéra to write Don Carlo to a French libretto. The source material was a dramatic play by Schiller, and the work premiered as a 5-act grand opera in March 1867 under the title Don Carlos. Set in the 16th century, its subject is Carlo, the son of Spain’s King Philip II, and his love for Elisabetta, whom Philip later marries. The nature of the crises and conflicts Carlo faces, personal and political, drive the drama with unremitting intensity.

In 1858 the celebrated director Luchino Visconti was invited by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to stage his first opera outside Italy. His staging of the 5-act Italian-language version of Don Carlo was pivotal in establishing the work as a repertoire piece. In 1985 the Royal Opera revived Visconti’s staging, with Bernard Haitink memorably conducting a superb cast that includes Ileana Cotrubas at the height of her powers and Luis Lima, unequaled in his tortured introspection, in the title role.

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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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