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Don Carlos

Donald Macleod continues to explore Verdi's operas with the epic masterpiece Don Carlos, for which there are eight possible 'authentic' versions.

Donald Macleod continues his exploration of Verdi's operas with Don Carlos, an epic tale of thwarted love that poses epic problems for directors. The historical Don Carlos was a tortured, tragic and misshapen young man in 16th-century Spain. Verdi's grand operatic version of his life, based, not for the first time, on a play by Schiller, turned out to have one of the most tortuous and protracted histories in all opera. As a result there are no fewer than eight possible 'authentic' versions of the score, so for anyone putting on a production of Don Carlos, it's rather a case of Let's Make an Opera!

Producer: Chris Barstow.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos

    Performer: Performers: Chorus: Chorus of La Scala, Milan, Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Claudio Abbado (Conductor)

    • Deutsche Gramophon DG 415 316-2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos, extract from Act 1, scene and duo: 'Que faites-vous donc?'

    Performer: Performers: Katia Ricciarelli (Elisabeth), Placido Domingo (Carlos), Orchestra of La Scala, Milan Claudio Abbado (Conductor)

    • Deutsche Gramophon DG 415 316-2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos, Act 2, scene 1 – scene and duo: 'C'est l'Infant … '

    Performer: Leo Nucci (Rodrigo), Placido Domingo (Carlos), Orchestra of La Scala, Milan Claudio Abbado (Conductor)

    • Deutsche Gramophon DG 415 316-2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos, extract from Act 3, scene 2 (conclusion): 'En plaçant sur mon front … '

    Performer: Ruggero Raimondi (Philip), Katia Ricciarelli (Elisabeth), Leo Nucci (Rodrigo), Placido Domingo (Carlos), Ann Murray (Thibault), Arleen Augér (A voice from on high), Aldo Bramante, Serge Fontaine, Bruno Grella, Paolo Mazzotta, Giuseppe Morresi, Silvestro Sammaritano (The Flemish Deputies), Chorus of La Scala, Milan, Orchestra of La Scala, Milan Claudio Abbado (Conductor)

    • Deutsche Gramophon DG 415 316-2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos, extract from Act 4, scene 1 – scene: 'Le Grand Inquisiteur!'

    Performer: Tibere Raffalli (Le Comte de Lerme), Nicolai Ghiaurov (The Inquisitor), Ruggero Raimondi (Philip), Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Claudio Abbado (Conductor)

    • Label: Deutsche Gramophon DG 415 316-2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos, extract from Act 5 – scene and duo of farewell; final scene: 'C'est elle!'

    Performer: Placido Domingo (Carlos), Katia Ricciarelli (Elisabeth), Ruggero Raimondi (Philip) Nicolai Ghiaurov (The Inquisitor), Nikita Storojev (A Monk), Chorus of La Scala, Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Claudio Abbado (Conductor)

    • Deutsche Gramophon DG 415 316-2.

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