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Verdi: Don Carlo / Pappano, Royal Opera, Villazon, Keenlyside [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner's new staging of Verdi's grandest - and arguably greatest - opera, 'Don Carlo', was the highlight of the 2007/2008 Royal Opera House season. This new production marked Rolando Villazon's much anticipated and triumphant return to the Royal Opera House. First staged at The Royal Opera House in 1886, this new production is the first new version of the 5-Act complete opera to be staged at Covent Garden in 50 years. With sets and costumes by Bob Crowley, direction by Nicholas Hytner, and an enviable cast, this production of 'Don Carlo' is worthy of the greatness of Verdi's original, masterful work.

"As fine an example of singing by a tenor in Verdi as we have heard in many a year: elegant in detail, movingly expressive and endowed with that special beauty of tone which was Villazon's distinctive gift...he sustained the demanding role without any sign of tiring, forcing or losing quality towards the end" -Gramophone

"The love-torn relationship of the titular prince and the fiancée stolen from him by his father the king is sensitively staged and played: Rolando Villazon (in less uncertain voice than reportedly on opening night) and Marina Poplavskaya, a regal beauty much-loved by the camera, make it all movingly fresh...Pappano's urgently impassioned conducting...lends everyone unfailing support." -BBC Music Magazine

"Villazon's Carlo remains fully committed dramatically...Poplavskaya skilfully develops Elisabetta from coltish girl to anguished queen...[Keenlyside] blazes with conviction...[Furlanetto] shapes his Philip in tone consistently rounded, colourful and expertly controlled...This orchestra knows the piece intimately, and it shows. Pappano is a master of dramatic atmosphere throughout." -International Record Review


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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
  • Performers: Rolando Villazón (Tenor); Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano); Robert Lloyd (Baritone); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Eric Halfvarson (Bass); Sonia Ganassi (Mezzo Soprano); Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass)
  • Conductor: Anthony Pappano
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta