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Verdi: Don Carlo - DVD Live from the Royal Opera House [2010] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Marina Poplavskaya, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Simon Keenlyside, Sonia Ganassi, Eric Halfvarson
  • Directors: Nicholas Hytner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y58CL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,376 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Royal Opera House production of Verdi's 'Don Carlo'. The highlight of the 2007/8 season, this lavish production is staged by National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner, conducted by Antonio Pappano, and sees Rolando Villazon and Marina Poplavskaya performing the starring roles.

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Don Carlo is a problematic opera. For many opera lovers, like me, it is their favourite Verdi opera, if not their favourite opera. However, there is the nagging problem of all the different versions available. Verdi's initial version for Paris was severely cut, then he revised it several times, and ever since then conductors and producers have had a choice of which version they wanted to stage. I, for one, like the 1886 version in five acts, preferably in French, but, I'll settle for Italian (like this DVD), however, once you got to know the version in French, you quickly realise that the music was written for French, and the Italian translation had to adapt to the music, and is therefore less satisfying. The definitive version on CD of this version is Claudio Abbado's recording.Verdi: Don Carlos. The music is far superior to the original version. It is stunning, overpowering and beautiful.

This DVD is the Italian version of the version Claudio Abbado recorded, and after buying several Don Carlo's on DVD, I finally found this DVD from the Royal Opera House which, I think, is the definitive version on DVD.

It must have been superb seeing it at Covent Garden, and I hope one day to see it live there. In my opinion productions from the Royal Opera can be presumed to be excellent.

The star is, rightly, Rollando Villazon in the title role. The production focuses on him. He is frequently left alone on stage in between scene changes. He seems forlorn and lost, a troubled soul, having to deal with losing the love of his life to his obsessive and power hungry father, Philip II (sung by Feruccio Furlanetto).
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This is a stunning DVD of Don Carlos. The Cast is wonderfull and I loved Poplavskaya Villazon Keenlyside Furlanetto and Ganassi. All of them are billiant. The stage production is beautifull and very well done. The movements of the decor panels are also very well timed and it were done very nicely and that is something that is very important to me.The orchestra under the direction of Pappano is the cherry on the cake - absolutely brilliant.

The most important thing for me on a DVd is the sound and I loved the nice warm and rich surround sound of this DVD.

The director obviously loves opera because for example the scene where the priest was doing a ritual over the music while the orchestra is playing and even talking is one of a very few places in any opera where it can really work well. The director definitely got the excact right spot and it actually gave a very nice flavour at that spesific part of the opera. I wouldnt use that idea too often though if I was an opera director but as I say in this case it was actually very well placed and not overdone.

This is one of my best opera dvd's and I just love it. The powefull sound of Poplavskaya on that last note at the end of the opera was hair-raizing.
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I loved this Nicholas Hytner production of the 5 Act version of Don Carlo. I was going to say full version but that would have involved adding at least another hour to the opera's 3 ½ hour playing time so some form of performing compromise has to be reached.

This is an opera about the Spanish Infante, Carlo, who is betrothed to the French princess Elizabetta as part of a peace treaty between the two countries. The two meet and fall in love but their joy is brief as it is shortly announced that the peace negotiations have gone so well that Elizabetta is to marry, not Carlo, but his elderly father Philip II. So Carlo has to get used to calling his beloved, Mum.

Seeing the first act, set in the forest of Fontainebleau it is difficult to see how Verdi could countenance cutting it to make room for a ballet at the opera's Paris premiere. From the first duet between Rolando Villazón and Marina Poplavskaya we are aware that we are in for something special. Rolando Villazón has the voice and also the eye-rolling Rowan Atkinson look to play the slightly deranged Don. The exciting young Russian Soprano, Poplavskaya is a revelation as Elizabetta with a purity of tone and complete control throughout her vocal range.

Simon Keenlyside is an added bonus as the idealistic Marquis of Posa, Don Carlo's friend who persuades Carlo that his future is in Flanders, fighting for the cause of the oppressed Flanders people. There is a thrilling moment in Act II when they pledge eternal friendship. The theme from this aria recurs throughout the opera as a friendship leitmotif.

Act III has the spectacular Auto-da-fé with opponents of the Spanish Inquisition being burned at the stake.
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This is a landmark production of what is arguably Verdi's finest opera.
Although I usually refuse to buy opera and ballet DVDs "filmed in High Definition" that are NOT available in high definition (Blu-Ray) this was the exception because I wanted to see Rolando Villazon singing Don Carlos after having seen Roberto Alagna in the "HD Live" from the Met retransmission with the same cast and production. (Perverse, isn't it that those HD Live recordings are not available in HD either?).
The cast is superb, the production grandiose, the music and singing as good as it gets...
But having to see it in nasty, fuzzy NTSC (not even PAL !!!) with lossy sound just breaks my heart. If ever anything deserved the HD treatment it's opera. And this production in particular! I'm glad I've seen RV in the role, but I regret buying this and encouraging EMI to continue short-selling us all!
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