Don Carlo: Live From the Royal Opera House
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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 Villazón's much anticipated and triumphant return to the Royal Opera House.
Don Carlo is Verdi's musical retelling of Schiller's poem Don Carlo. Set amidst the political, religious and sexual intrigue of the 16th century Spanish court, this epic work tells the tragic story of Don Carlo, a virtuous young prince who is pitted against the powers of a dominant, corrupt society.
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.
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The production is very effective, except the scene in act II around Carlos V tomb. It is too dark for an image on the TV.
Overall, recommended as long as you do some reading before watching it.
Dramatically potent and musically exhilarating.
Just wish it would be available in Blu-ray. Maybe some day.
But don't wait - wonderful version of Don Carlo.
Villazón, as usual, is excellent and there’s no doubt that the quality of his voice has already exceeded that of Pavarotti and that comes from a long-term Pavarotti fan.