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Verdi: Don Carlo / Ferruccio Mazzoli, Boris Christoff, Luigi Ottolini, Margherita Roberti, Ettore Bastianini. Mario Rossi (Torino, 1961) [24 bit / 96 kHz]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Though it's at first blush less than star-studded in the international sense when taking in account the long, historical view of opera recordings, there is Ettore Bastianini and Boris Christoff to contend with, and Italian casting of Italian opera was in fairly fine mettle in the 1960s. Giuseppe Verdi certainly had his struggles with Don Carlo, but the opera, his longest when performed at full length, tells a powerful story of personal and political conflict, and there's much glorious music to enjoy in this superb performance, preserved in excellent sound, conducted by Mario Rossi in 1961.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
They are accompanied by a generally fine cast. The biggest surprise for me is the Eboli of Anna Maria Rota. Here she shows herself to be fully in command of a big dramatic mezzo voice totally able to cope with one of Verdi's most demanding roles. She displays good coloratura technique in the opening 'Veil Song'.

In the roles of Carlo and Elisabetta, Luigi Ottolini and Margherita Roberti are almost as good. Ottolini reveals a strong tenor; for the most part he is up to Verdi's demands. A good performance. As his love, Margherita Roberti sings best in soft passages. The chorus and orchestra perform well under Mario Rossi. It is worth it to hear Rota, Bastianini, and Christoff.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium della RAI, Torino (04/24/1961).


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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
  • Performer: Leonardo Monreale (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mario Rossi
  • Ensemble: Orchestra sinfonica di Torino della RAI
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 99 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884