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Verdi: Don Carlo / Svetlana Kasyan, Daniela Barcelona, Ramon Vargas, Ludovic Tezier. Teatro Regio Torino, Noseda [Blu-ray]

Notes & Reviews:

Teatro Regio's 2013 revival of their highly successful 2006 production of Verdi's Don Carlo celebrates the 40th anniversary of the theatre's 1973 reopening. With traditional staging and lavish costume design, the production garnered high acclaim in the national and international press. Shown here in the four-act version, Don Carlo is the fascinating tale of father-son power struggles, adultery and love that borders on incest. The cast - under the powerful baton of Gianandrea Noseda - is headed by renowned Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas, and also features Ludovic Tézier, who has been hailed as 'one of the best Verdian singers of our time' (ResMusica). "Without doubt, the Argentinian director's [Hugo de Ana] production is one of the best around, for the quality of sets and costumes, for the traditional yet modern / high-tech look, for the theatrical sense and the wisdom in all details and gestures for every cast member, and for the highest philological attention to every word of the libretto."(Liricamente)

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 217 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean


Fantastic production of this Verdi opera
This Blu-Ray DVD of Teatro Regioís 2013 production of Verdiís Don Carlo features Ramon Vargas as the Don Carlo, Svetlana Kasyan as Elisabeth, the powerful and rich sounding Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II, and the very confincing Ludovic Tezier as Rodrigo. Daniela Barcellona also takes a fine turn as Princess Eboli, providing just the right mix of hurt and jealousy while keeping the character from going over the top, which I have seen in many productions of this piece.

While both Mr.Vargas and Ms. Kasyan have wonderful material for their fine voices, it was Mr. Abdrazakov that I simply could not take my eyes off of when he was singing. He had all of the power and subtlety and softness needed to make Philipís struggles seem approachable and humanly believable. His Philip is definitely not two-dimensional, and the overall success of this production is a credit to his efforts.

The sets are visually appealing, while again not going over the top, assisting the telling of the underlying story and assisting with the suspension of disbelief required for the piece to be successful. The liner notes give some historical background about the overly long original opera and this revised revision (which is what is most commonly performed), as well as describing each Act in detail. Originally, the opera did not find great favor with audiences, and it is understandable why this is so Ė the production is solid, the talent is wonderful, but it doesnít engage the emotions (at least for this listener) in a way that makes me want to revisit it again and again.
That being said, Conductor Gianandrea Noseda does a fine job bring the music to life, and the choral work is top-notch. This is indeed Grand Opera brought convincingly to life, and is a fine example of performers bringing their best to the roles given to them to inhabit. I am pleased to have this in my collection, and strongly recommend it as a valuable addition to any opera loverís library.

Submitted on 10/07/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
  • Performers: Ildar Abdrazakov; Daniela Barcellona; Sonia Ciani; Svetlana Kasyan; Marco Spotti; Roberto Tagliavini; Ludovic Tezier; Ramon Vargas
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: Teatro Regio Torino Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884
  • Studio/Live: Live