Verdi 200: Don Carlo
As part of Radio 3's Verdi 200 celebrations, Andrew McGregor presents Verdi's opera Don Carlo performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, with conductor Antonio Pappano.
Part of Radio 3's Verdi 200 celebrations, Andrew McGregor presents a performance of Verdi's opera Don Carlo recorded at the Royal Opera House conducted by Antonio Pappano, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros
Don Carlos ..... Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Elisabeth ..... Anja Harteros (soprano)
Princess Eboli ..... Béatrice Uria-Monzon (mezzo-soprano)
Rodrigo ..... Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)
Philippe II ..... Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)
Grand Inquisitor ..... Eric Halfvarson (bass)
Charles V ..... Robert Lloyd (bass)
Count of Lerma ..... Pablo Bemsch (tenor)
Tebaldo ..... Dusica Bijelic (soprano)
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conducted by Antonio Pappano
This historical drama is based on Friedrich von Schiller's play 'Don Carlos, Infant of Spain' and is performed here in the five-act Italian version. Don Carlo, Prince of Asturias - sung by tenor Jonas Kaufmann, is the Spanish heir to the throne but in order to secure a peace treaty he has to see his betrothed lady, Elisabeth de Valois, soprano Anja Harteros, marry his own father, King Philip II. The opera is full of dramatic elements in addition to this love triangle, including the sacrifice of a deep friendship, mistaken identities, and a huge struggle between church and state. The power of Verdi's music is spell-binding and is perhaps at its most intense during the famous confrontation in Act IV between the King - sung here by bass Ferruccio Furlanetto - and the Grand Inquisitor, the bass Eric Halfvarson. Antonio Pappano conducts a marvellous cast, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, in a performance one critic called 'an evening of pure vocal pleasure.'.