Notes and Editorial Reviews
Press and Marketing: Based on Schiller's play, Verdi's magnificent and arguably greatest opera, Don Carlos, has everything - intense personal passion and pain, enmeshed in the web of political and religious agendas - utterly relevant to today and superbly expressed in a score of gripping intensity. This recording was made in Leeds Town Hall between Opera North's May/June 2009 production and here receives its first recording in English. The performances conducted by their Music Director, Richard Farnes, knocked everyone who witnessed them, sideways. The Observer thought 'The work came alive as never before, its passionate exchanges between king, son, stepmother and loyal friend all the more incandescent, an endorsement for the Peter Moores Foundation "Opera in English" series on Chandos, who record this Don Carlos for future release.' York Press wrote 'This is a drama torrid enough to satisfy the senses on many levels,' whilst The Spectator declared Richard Farnes, 'the best Verdian of our time.' Tenor Julian Gavin takes the lead of Don Carlos and is ably assisted by William Dazeley as Rodrigo, Janice Watson as Elizabeth, and Alistair Miles as Philip II and Sir John Tomlinson as the Grand Inquisitor.