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Verdi - Don Carlos [1983] (NTSC) [DVD] [2005]

Peter Sliker , Betsy Norden , Brian Large    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Sliker, Betsy Norden, Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, John Gilmore
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Camille du Locle, François Joseph Méry, Friedrich Schiller
  • Producers: Clemente D'Alessio
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, German, Chinese, Spanish, French, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Music Operations
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 213 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0XS0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


cast: cantantimirella freni placido domingo compositoregiuseppe verdi direttorejames levine orchestrametropolitan opera

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This is an outstanding performance on DVD of one of the grandest of Operas ever composed by Verdi. I would rate it 5 stars but with some strong reservations.

This is the most complete performance of the opera available and that in a way must be a tribute to the conductor James Levine.

Placido Domingo as Don Carlos gives one of his best performances ever, recorded on any medium. He sings beautifully, with great passion and fulfils the vocal demands of the role with great ease and authority. His acting and visual impression of the role are excellent. He plays the part of the unfortunate rebel-prince very convincingly. I can hardly think of anyone who could have been better as Don Carlos in any production ever.

Mirella Freni provides us with an excellent vocal and visual interpretation of the young Queen of Spain. She is alas, a touch past her prime, at least visually (unfortunately none of us remains young for ever) but none the less, she provides us with a very moving performance, beautifully sung. If one listens to her outstanding performance of the same role on CD under Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra recorded in 1978, five years earlier, then my point will become clearer

Grace Bumbry is a veteran in the role of Eboli. Vocally she is very good. Visually, she portrays the princes with great conviction, but especially in her case she is someone far too old for the role she is portraying. I feel that Baltsa on the Sony DVD with Karajan s better.

Louis Quilico makes a good realisation of the role of Rodrigo. He is visually and vocally adequate, without being in any sense outstanding. Cappuccilli on Sony is far better and Gobbi's performance for E.M.I. on the 1954 CD is at a totally different level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great production of a great opera 23 Dec 2011
This production has an extraordinary cast. Placido Domingo sings beautifully in the title role and he captures all facets of this complex character. However, his splendid acting jars spectacularly with Louis Quilico who is rather wooden throughout and is not an amazing singer either. His performance in the confrontation scene with Philip fails to excite one in the same way as Milnes(Verdi: Don Carlo (Home of Opera)) or Cappucilli(Verdi: Don Carlo) were able to do on their recordings for Giulini and Karajan respectively. It is a shame that the Met were not able to use Sherill Milnes for this telecast. Nicolai Ghiaurov is outstanding as Philip, wonderfully commanding in vocal and physical presence. Grace Bumbry as Eboli is greeted with confetti from the audience at her final curtain call and it is easy to see why. Her voice is ravishing as always even though she was some years past her prime. Her performance of "O Don Fatale" brings the house down. Mirella Freni, though similarly past her prime, gives a magnificent performance especially in the final act. Her "Tu che le Vanita" is surely one of the best ever recorded. Ferrucio Furlanetto is wonderfully terrifying as the Grand Inquisitor. James Levine and the Met orchestra are astounding as they always are and John Dexter's production is fabulous bringing out both the grandeur and the intimacy of this opera. The first act is disappointing with the chorus in that act being particularly below par. Nevertheless, this is a performance of the Italian Don Carlo with which you can't go wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantstic 10 April 2013
By grumps
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had read a bad review about Lois Quilico's performance and nearly didn't buy it for that reason. Now I'm glad I did, its an absolute must-buy for any collection. Quilico is okay, the trouble is he is being judged by some exremely high benchmarks.
Domingo IS Don Carlos. With Mirella Freni, Bumbry and Ghiaurov, he gives an unforgettable performance of this work of rare and poignant beauty.
Last but not least, congratulations to the costume designers who have done a marvellous job.

I would add that the chorus at the beginning of the opera has, quite correctly, been included. I can't understand why it is omitted in another (otherwise marvellous) recording that I have (a CD with Domingo,Caballe, Milnes, Raimondi and Verrett.)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This production of "Don Carlo" (1867) by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)is superb. I think that James Levine is a great conductor.
Plácido Domingo as Don Carlo is great. He represents the lack of hopeness by a charming way in his aria "O ben perduto" in the first act. His duet with Elisabetta di Valois (Mirella Freni) in the third act and when they say "Addio, per sempre addio" is the most dramatic part of this great opera.
Mirella Freni as the Princess Elisabetta di Valois has a wonderful voice, but perhaps Katia Ricciarelli had done a better role in this case. However the dramatisme of Freni is difficult to overcome.
Nikolai Ghiaurov as the King Filippo II di Spagna is superb. His arias "Restati" and "Ella giammai mi amó" are superb, worthy of a King`s character.
Ferruccio Furlanetto as the Gran Inquisitore develops a great character like a blind monk. Giuseppe Verdi wanted that this character were blind: perhaps to represent the blind position of the Catholic Church against the freedom in that time? It`s possible.
I recommend to acquire this production, but to buy the french version, too with Domingo, Ricciarelli, Nucci, Ghiaurov and others, being the conductor Claudio Abbado, wich has the anothers parts composed in 1886.
A great production, powerful to your eyes and ears!
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