Now, where would we be with a Verdi opera without conspirators in the cast? Up a gum tree, I suppose, but it all depends on the calibre of the villains. Well, no problems here with Robert Lloyd and Gwynne Howell taking the parts of Samuel and Tom, respectively - a corking pair of desperadoes! Montserrat Caballé is perhaps a wee bit strident as the bashful Amelia who can't decide whether she should or she shouldn't, although that's not really a criticism but José Carreras gives a terrific rendition as Riccardo. Ingvar Wixell isn't too far behind him as Renato who draws lots with Samuel and Tom for the honour of bumping-off Riccardo.
Colin Davis does his usual masterly job of conducting the orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the chorus is tremendous; `O figlio d'Inghilterra' is a corker.