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Giuseppe Verdi's 'Don Carlos' is a grand, sprawling drama of romantic and political intrigue set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Opera D'Oro offers the four-act version of the work (in the Italian translation) in a 1968 La Scala performance featuring Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bruno Prevedi, Piero Cappucilli, and Fiorenza Cossotto. Any successful production of 'Don Carlos' requires a superior cast and this one undoubtedly meets the challenge. Cossotto brings her powerful voice and usual fine musicianship to the role of Princess Eboli, while Ghiaurov and Martti Talvela contrast well as King Philip II and the Grand Inquisitor, respectively. Prevedi does a fine job overall, offering an engaging account of the title role, and
Cappuccilli, as Rodrigo, shows considerable skill in their third act duet. Claudio Abbado conducts with style and flair and keeps the proceedings moving along nicely. Read less
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Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Gianfranco Maganotti (Tenor),
Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Margherita Guglielmi (Soprano),
Antonio Zerbini (Bass),
Rita Orlandi-Malaspina (Soprano),
Martti Talvela (Bass),
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano),
Bruno Prevedi (Tenor),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Maria Casula (Soprano)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Date of Recording: 12/07/1968
Venue: Live La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy
Length: 171 Minutes 47 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884).
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