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Verdi: Don Carlo / Kaufmann, Hampson, Harteros, Pappano

Release Date: 06/03/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 300577  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ekaterina SemenchukAnja HarterosMatti SalminenJonas Kaufmann,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Number of Discs: 1 
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The highlight of the 2013 Salzburg Festival in Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial year, Don Carlo is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.

“With Antonio Pappano in the pit, Jonas Kaufmann brought to his interpretation of the leading role rapturous arcs of phrasing and tone that we have not heard in a generation.” – The Telegraph

As you can see from the title, this is one of the five Italian versions Verdi made of this, his longest and most tortured of all his operas revision-wise.

Peter Stein’s traditionally-clothed production is sparse but very effective. Antonio Pappano demonstrates a firm and committed mastery of the opera. Aside from the natural and expected losses of dexterity in the voice, I find Thomas Hampson to be quite solid here. In fact, this extraordinary singer’s acting abilities are brought to the fore in his role as Carlo’s foil Rodrigo.

Matti Salminen is undergoing a similar stage of life issue, but vocally he is fine — it’s his portrayal that seems a little ho-hum during parts of this opera, but he does rise to the occasion when needed. Anja Harteros as Elisabetta looks terrific and shows that she indeed has the ability to match Verdi’s sometimes strenuous requirements.

The tenor of the decade is without question Jonas Kaufman, and though he has critics, this playing of the role of the tormented Infante should silence most. Kaufmann is wondrously adept at the part, bringing lyrical propensities and highly-developed acting to the performance. Need I say that the Vienna Philharmonic plays splendidly? An outstanding release!

— Audiophile Audition (Steven Ritter)


Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Widescreen
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 235 minutes

Works on This Recording

Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ekaterina Semenchuk (Mezzo Soprano), Anja Harteros (Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 

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