"Don Carlo" is one of my favorite operas and, just for the heck of it, I reviewed my collection of "Don Carlo(s)": 10 on CD and 7 on DVD. So, if I say that, with the possible exception of a Bergonzi, Tebaldi, Bumbry, Fischer-Dieskau and Ghiaurov CD under Solti, if I would have to give most of them away and keep only one other, this DVD would be it.
What is there not to like? Jonas Kaufmann is a prince indeed, and the only tenor at present who knows exactly what to do with his gorgeous voice. And his looks. stage presence and acting don't hurt either.
His partnering with Anja Harteros is and has been outstanding in other operas as well. The rest of the cast is also excellent with the possible exception of Thomas Hampson. Although his trills are still respectable, his voice in general has seen better days
I'm also happy with the unfussy, straight forward production and especially so when the Fontainebleau scene is included. But, beyond that, this is the only production I can remember - with the exception of the French version with Alagna and Hampson - (and this includes every performance I have ever seen on stage) - that shows the exchange of costumes between the Queen and Eboli so that the scene of the rendez-vous between Don Carlo and Eboli and his confusion make sense. (Just as I can never understand how one can understand the last act of "Lucia di
Lammermoor" if the Wolfscrag scene is omitted.)
Finally, the orchestra under Pappano holds together what makes this particular DVD worthy of being among the most outstanding renditions of one of Verdi's masterpieces.
- Format: Blu-ray, Classical, Multiple Formats, Widescreen
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Sony Music Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2014
- Run Time: 235 minutes
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- ASIN: B00H28A5N0
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