Celia Thompson, The Vintage Magazine’s Opera Correspondent reviews Don Carlos at The Royal opera House.
Don Carlo Jonas Kaufmann
Elizabeth de Valois Anja Harteros
Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa Mariusz Kwiecien
Philip 2nd of Spain Ferrucio Furlanetto
Princess Eboli Beatrice Uria-Monzon
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano
Don Carlo had a rather chequered career to start with. It was written for the Paris Opera in five acts with a ballet scene, which was the popular tradition, with a French libretto. It is based on the play by Schiller, which was of course written in German, and when first performed in Modena after its Parisian debut, it was sung in Italian. The Italians and many more recent audiences have felt that it is too long, and so Verdi shortened it, by removing most of the first act and the ballet. This makes it difficult to make sense of the plot, so others have cut out later parts.
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