Verdi - Don Carlo / Villazon, Roocroft, Urmana, Croft, Lloyd, Ryhanen, Giuseppini, Chailly, Amsterdam Opera
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
In this majestic production of Verdi's Don Carlo, Riccardo Chailly's qualities as a Verdi conductor are brilliantly displayed in the dramatic precision and transparent instrumental detail he draws from both orchestra and cast. Willy Decker directs a wonderful piece of stagecraft, letting the tragedy unwind with minimal, yet telling, interventions. The drama takes place in the mausoleum of Filippo II's Escorial, where the tombs of countless generations of Spanish royalty line the walls. Filippo's confrontation with Il grande inquisitore - which takes place over his own coffin, its resting place in the wall ready and waiting - is chillingly symbolic, as are the feet of the giant crucifix that hangs over Don Carlo as he sees his life sacrificed by his father.Press Reviews
"...a fabulous summation of Chailly's qualities as a Verdi conductor...a wonderful piece of stagecraft..." (The Guardian)
"...Croft is marvellously skilled, in the tradition of American baritones decades ago. Ryhänen is magnificent..Villazón...displayed a superb voice, rich phrasing and energetic acting..." (Opera)
"Rolando Villazón confirms that he's all set to become one of the best tenors of his generation...Villazón strikes me as the best young romantic tenor to have emerged since Carreras's youthful glory days...I have never heard Carlo's music sung with such a combination of vocal glamour, musical refinement and brooding machismo in the theatre..." (The Sunday Times)Cast
Robert Lloyd (King Philip)
Rollando Villazón (Don Carlo)
Amanda Roocroft (Elisabeth)
Dwayne Croft (Posa)
Jaakko Ryhänen (Grand Inquisitor)
Giorgio Giuseppi (Monk)
Metropolitan Opera Chorus; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly
Company: De Nederlandse Opera
Stage Director: Willy Decker
Catalogue Number: OA0933D
Date of Performance: 2004
Running Time: 199 minutes
Sound: DTS Surround; LPCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, NL
Label: Opus Arte
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.