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Donald Macleod explores Verdi's two grand operas written expressly for Paris, which took full advantage of the extravagant resources available.

Donald Macleod looks at the pros and cons of writing grand opera for Paris with its tradition of lengthy ballet interludes, spectacular sets and lavish costumes, and plays highlights from Verdi's two grand operas written expressly for Paris, which took full advantage of the extravagant resources at his disposal.

Don Carlos ballet music (extract)
Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House
Conductor, James Levine

Macbeth ballet music
Berlin Phiharmonic Orchestra
Conductor, Claudio Abbado

Les Vêpres siciliennes (Act II extract)
Robert ..... Michael Rippon (baritone)
Jean Procida ..... Ayhan Baran (bass)
Thibault ..... Gerald English (tenor)
Daniéli ..... Bernard Dickerson (tenor)
Hélène ..... Jacqueline Brumaire (soprano)
BBC Chorus and Concert Orchestra
Conductor, Mario Rossi

Don Carlos (extracts)
Don Carlos ..... Richard Margison (tenor)
Rodrigo ..... Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Elisabeth ..... Galina Gorchakova (soprano)
Philip ..... Roberto Scandiuzzi (bass)
Count Lerma ..... Robin Leggate (tenor)
Eboli ..... Olga Borodina (mezzo)
Grand Inquisitor ..... Robert Lloyd
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor, Bernard Haitink.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Act 3 sc.2; Ballet of the Queen - Don Carlos - opera

    Performer: James LEVINE - Piano Performer: New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    • SONY.
    • SK 52-489.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Macbeth ballet music

    Conductor: Claudio ABBADO Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • DG 4576272.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Les Vepres siciliennes - Act II Sc6 Tarantelle to end of act

    Conductor: Mario ROSSI Performer: Ayhan BARAN - Bass (Jean Procida) Performer: Bernard DICKERSON - Tenor (Dani�li) Performer: Gerald ENGLISH - Tenor (Thibault) Performer: Jacqueline BRUMAIRE - Soprano (H�l�ne) Performer: Michael RIPPON - Baritone (Robert) Performer: BBC Chorus Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra

    • OPERA RARA.
    • ORCV-303.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos - Act II No.8: Sc. & Duet: 'Io vengo a domandar'

    Conductor: Bernard HAITINK Performer: Galina GORCHAKOVA - Soprano (Elisabeth) Performer: Richard MARGISON - Tenor (Don Carlos) Performer: Royal Opera House Orchestra

    • PHILIPS.
    • 454-463.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos Act IV No.18 Morte di Rodrigo (Son io mio Carlo)

    Conductor: Valery GERGIEV Performer: Dmitri HVOROSTOVSKY - Baritone (Rodrigo) Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Performer: Richard MARGISON - Tenor (Carlos) Performer: Roberto SCANDIUZZI - Bass (Philip)

    • PHILIPS.
    • 454-463.

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