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Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos (1986)

Don Carlo loves Elizabeth, but his father Philip marries her. Lady-in-waiting Eboli loves Don Carlo, unrequited, so she seeks revenge. Political intrigue plus the Spanish Inquisition also shape the events.


Friedrich Schiller (after) (as Friderich von Schiller), François Joseph Méry (libretto) (as Joseph Méry) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferruccio Furlanetto Ferruccio Furlanetto ... Philip II, King of Spain
Fiamma Izzo d'Amico Fiamma Izzo d'Amico ... Elizabeth of Valois
Josep Carreras ... Don Carlos, Infante of Spain (as José Carreras)
Agnes Baltsa Agnes Baltsa ... The Princess Eboli
Piero Cappuccilli Piero Cappuccilli ... Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa
Matti Salminen Matti Salminen ... The Grand Inquisitor
Franco de Grandis Franco de Grandis ... Monk
Antonella Bandelli Antonella Bandelli ... Tybalt, Page to Elizabeth / Voice from on high
Horst Nitsche Horst Nitsche ... The Counf of Lerma
Katharina Schchter Katharina Schchter ... Countess Aremberg
Volker Horn Volker Horn ... A royal herald
Natale De Carolis Natale De Carolis ... Flemish Deputy
Noel Ramirez Noel Ramirez ... Flemish Deputy
Petteri Salomaa Petteri Salomaa ... Flemish Deputy
Roberto Servile Roberto Servile ... Flemish Deputy


Don Carlo loves Elizabeth, but his father Philip marries her. Lady-in-waiting Eboli loves Don Carlo, unrequited, so she seeks revenge. Political intrigue plus the Spanish Inquisition also shape the events.

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West Germany



Release Date:

8 January 1986 (Netherlands) See more »

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Don Carlo See more »

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Telemondial See more »
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Philip II, King of Spain: Se il figlio a morte invio, m'assolve la tua mano?
[If I have my son murdered, will you absolve me of the sin?]
The Grand Inquisitor: La pace dell'impero i di val d'un ribelle.
[the safety of the Empire is worth more than the life of one rebel]
Philip II, King of Spain: Posso il figlio immolar al mondo, io cristian?
[Can I, a Christian, kill my own son?]
The Grand Inquisitor: Per riscattarci Iddio il suo sacrificò.
[In order to redeem us, God sacrificed his own son!]
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One of my favourite Don Carlos
17 July 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Don Carlo is in the top 5 of my favourite Verdi operas, especially for its amazing music that is one of the more complex Verdi scores perhaps. This 1986 production is one of my favourites of this amazing opera. I like and respect Herbert Von Karajan, and he conducts with real finesse and power while conducting without a score, especially coming to life in the powerful climaxes such as Act 2's and A Mezzanotte. The orchestra as always are superb.

Musically if there was one thing I wasn't entirely fond of, it was that Eboli's Veil Song is cut in half, which to me didn't make sense. Visually it is solid, with excellent clarity and good video directing(though I could have done with less of the sideway shots). The sets and lighting suit the tone of the opera well, if a tad drab in the Auto-Da-Fe scene, while the costumes look great.

It's the singing that really makes this production. Jose Carreras sings wonderfully, and I don't think I have seen a performance this charismatic from him before. 22-year old Fiamma Izzo D'Amico is a beautifully-sung, pure and dutiful Elisabetta(not to mention absolutely beautiful!), while Piero Cappucilli is great and vocally expressive as Posa, his Dio Che Nell'Alma Infondere with Carreras is a treat and epitomises loyalty and nobility. Matti Salminen is an appropriately imposing Grand Inquisitor. My favourites though are Agnes Baltsa's fiery, melodramatic and very exciting Eboli(particularly in O Don Fatale) and Ferruccio Furlanetto's dark, conflicted and very moving King Phillip.

Overall, a great production and one of my favourites of this opera. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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