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Work: Don Carlo(s)

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ComposerVerdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
PeriodRomantic
Year1867
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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LiègeDon CarlosNew production

Don Carlos
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Paolo Arrivabeni; Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Gary McCann; Fernand Ruiz; Gregory Kunde; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

MunichDon Carlo(s)

Don Carlo(s)
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Andrea Battistoni; Jürgen Rose; Bavarian State Opera; Ildar Abdrazakov; Charles Castronovo

BudapestDon CarloNew production

Don Carlo
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Frank Hilbrich; Hungarian State Opera; Volker Thiele; Gabriele Rupprecht

ParisDon Carlo

Étienne Dupuis (Rodrigo) et Roberto Alagna (Don Carlo) © Vincent Pontet / Opéra national de Paris
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Fabio Luisi; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Opéra national de Paris; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; René Pape; Roberto Alagna

NurembergDon CarlosNew production

Tadeusz Szlenkier (Don Carlos) © Ludwig Olah
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Joana Mallwitz; Jens-Daniel Herzog; Staatstheater Nürnberg; Mathis Neidhardt; Sibylle Gädeke; Nicolai Karnolsky; Tadeusz Szlenkier
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Don Carlo doesn't find his place in Madrid

Marcelo Puente (Don Carlo); Maria Agresta (Elisabetta) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Sir David McVicar's unassuming production fails to engage with the political side of Verdi's masterpiece, despite good conducting by Nicola Luisotti and some good singing by a solid cast. 
***11
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Don Carlo at Grange Park Opera: gripping and powerfully sung

Brett Polegato (Rodrigo), Leonardo Capalbo (Carlo) © Robert Workman
Verdi's most political of operas brilliantly highlights the juxtaposition of personal desires and political imperatives
****1
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An immersive auto-da-fé: Konwitschny's Don Carlos sizzles

Don Carlos at Staatsoper Hamburg © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg (2008)
From stylised 16th-century dress to a 1970s sitcom ballet, Konwitschny's Staatsoper staging is full of brilliantly inventive touches, splendidly realised in this excellently sung revival. 
*****
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Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne

What do you do when 80 tonnes of water flood your theatre, your sets and costumes? Rescue, reshape and present what you can. That’s what Deutsche Oper am Rhein have had to do in Duisburg.

***11
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Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Don Carlo © Barbara Aumüller
Anja Harteros takes a while to hit her stride in a Don Carlo that doesn't quite gel.
***11
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