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Composer of the Week - Giuseppe Verdi - Don Carlos


Donald Macleod continues his exploration of Verdi's operas with Don Carlos, an epic tale of thwarted love that poses epic problems for directors. The historical Don Carlos was a tortured, tragic and misshapen young man in 16th-century Spain. Verdi's grand operatic version of his life, based, not for the first time, on a play by Schiller, turned out to have one of the most tortuous and protracted histories in all opera. As a result there are no fewer than eight possible 'authentic' versions of the score, so for anyone putting on a production of Don Carlos, it's rather a case of Let's Make an Opera! Producer: Chris Barstow.

Music

  • Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Don Carlos, extract from Act 1, scene and duo: ‘Que faites-vous donc?’ by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Don Carlos, Act 2, scene 1 – scene and duo: ‘C’est l’Infant … ’ by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Don Carlos, extract from Act 3, scene 2 (conclusion): ‘En plaçant sur mon front … ’ by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Don Carlos, extract from Act 4, scene 1 – scene: ‘Le Grand Inquisiteur!’ by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Don Carlos, extract from Act 5 – scene and duo of farewell; final scene: ‘C’est elle!’ by Giuseppe Verdi