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Don Carlo: Salzburg Festival (Pappano) [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region A & B]

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  • Directors: Peter Stein
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese
  • Region: Region A/1, Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H28A5N0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,587 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



  • Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo)
  • Anja Harteros (Elisabetta dei Valois)
  • Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo)
  • Matti Salminen (Filippo II)
  • Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Antonio Pappano – conductor

    Giuseppe Verdi’s late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while Ferdinand Wögerbauer’s ultra-simple décor provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action.

    “With Antonio Pappano in the pit, Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros brought to their interpretations of the leading roles rapturous arcs of phrasing and refulgence of tone that we have not heard for a generation. Verdi’s music can weather mediocrity and still provide audiences with enjoyment …. but here he was truly honoured as he would have wished.”
    - The Telegraph

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr on 25 July 2014
    Format: Blu-ray
    There's a lot of music here. Every time I here this opera, I hear a bit I've never heard before. Suffice it to say that with playing and singing like this, none of it outstays its welcome. There's nothing to object to in the staging - and nothing particularly exciting either. I've given this five stars mostly because I find Kaufmann and Harteros utterly superb. Of course they can sing the music, with wonderful phrasing and enormous subtlety of dynamics - but it's their acting that moved me. Very few opera singers survive the close up scrutiny of a film camera - and why should they have to indeed? Their final duet is heartbreaking. If you love this piece, then treat yourself. You won't regret it. Oh. The rest of the cast? All excellent - but not of the standard of Kaufmann and Harteros. They are simply in a class of their own.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Juan Antonio Muñoz on 3 July 2014
    Format: Blu-ray
    “Don Carlo” (Verdi) is the opera that no one can imagine, as each performance seems unique; it is very difficult to find a staging of the complete work. There are almost as many “Don Carlo” as there are stagings of it. There are even changes between the version of the première in Paris, in 1867, and those performed two days later. There are also the “editions” of 1872, signed in Naples, and those of 1884 (made for Vienna) and 1886 (Modena). This last one excludes the ballet. Nowadays, there is generally a distinction between the French version of 1867 and the Italian one of 1884, with libretto by Zanardini and De Lauzieres.

    This major title of the Verdian production lives within a tapestry of contradictions: the plot gathers historical characters, but they are all at the service of an idea that is not interested in the real story; at the time of the première the composer was accused of being influenced by Meyerbeer and Wagner, but the score is an example of the most profound and complex Verdi, and although it demands a great show, its soul is to be found in the more intimate scenes. To all of the aforesaid, we have to add that, despite the love conflict, it is a political opera that shows a hard-hearted king (Filippo II di Spagna) who is finally willing to speak of freedom and to open up his heart to a rebel (Rodrigo de Posa), and challenging the interference of the Catholic Church in State decisions.
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Garrett on 13 May 2014
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    The Salzburg Festival assembled a starry team for this performance of Don Carlo, and they do not disappoint. Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros are currently matchless in this repertoire and both sing and act superbly. Ekaterina Semanchuk is a brilliant Eboli – combining with Sir Antonio Pappano to deliver a blistering account of “O Don Fatale”. Matti Salminen might not be quite as awesome as Ferrucio Furlanetto on the Covent Garden DVD, but is still very good indeed. Thomas Hampson is excellent as Rodrigo, although maybe not quite a match for himself 17 years ago at the Chatelet. Eric Halfvarson seems to have made the part of the Grand Inquisitor his own for quite a few years now, and here once again proves how. The smaller parts are all very well taken. All in all, I would say that this is easily the strongest cast on DVD/blu-ray.

    The production is basically traditional. The costumes are magnificent and certainly evocative of the period (although I’ve read elsewhere that they’re not strictly authentic). I don’t care for the sets, which are minimal and sparse and feel like they come from a different production to the costumes. They’re also very cheap and shoddy-looking. There are obvious joins, pillars that don’t sit properly on the floor, that sort of thing. Set-builders need to understand that HD close-ups are very unforgiving of such poor workmanship.

    The whole is very well directed. My only quibble is that three of the ladies-in-waiting, including the Contessa D’Aremberg, don’t leave the stage during Elisabetta’s meeting with Carlo in Act II, scene 2, which makes a bit of a nonsense of the following section, where she gets dismissed for leaving the Queen alone. This is however a small niggle when so much else goes so well.
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    23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
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    Verdi wrote this five act opera with a French Libretto for the Paris opera. Premiere 1867. Then there are three versions of this opera, the French 1867 version, the revised Italian four Act Don Carlo 1884, plus the Modena version 1886. This version is the 1884 version with Act One reinstated, as well as the original beginning of Act 2. To complicate matters the French opera was simply translated into Italian, and then the changes were made. There is an even newer edition completed in 1980 by Ricordi, and others floating around as well.

    However, although this Salzburg festival Don Carlos is in Italian, it is exactly the same as the French five act version. I own the DVD of the French version made in 1996 at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, with Alagna, Hampson, Mattila and Meier, Orchestre du Paris cond Pappano. There is no difference. I mentioned this, because some of the readers of this review, might wonder if this new Don Carlos is the four Act version. However,the Don Carlo filmed in 2008, follows the five act Modena version. This opera is sung in Italian, with Villazon, Poplavskaya, Keenlyside, Halfvarson and Lloyd. Royal opera house orchestra conducted by Pappano again. I know. I own it as well. It would have helped,if The French and new Salzburg Don Carlos mentioned which edition they used.

    This version was filmed at the 2013 Salzburg festival with its large stage. This Bluray Don Carlos like the other two, have traditional staging and costumes. The scenery is minimalist. The stage is not cluttered. Act one has a light blue background, indicating snow, also orange windows to give the impression that the singers are outside. There are a pile of logs, and it snows during the act.
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