Verdi - Don Carlo
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Label: Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or
Cat No: C876133
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 10th February 2014
Chorus & Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
ConductorHerbert von Karajan
In this live recording from May 1979 we can now hear Karajanís 'Don Carlo' with an absolute dream team, in the four-act version that he preferred.
He had his ideal ensemble of singers at his disposal in Vienna: Mirella Freni as Elisabetta had already played a major part in this productionís success in Salzburg. She repeated her triumph in Vienna, offering Verdi singing with a faultless line and just the right flexibility between lyrical and dramatic expression.
Josť Carreras sang the title role of Elisabettaís unlucky lover. His brilliant timbre and introvert expression were perfectly suited to his character, so full of hope and yet so hopelessly dependent on himself alone. His only friend Posa was sung by the leading Italian baritone of the day, Piero Cappuccilli. Like Freni, he too was regarded as without peer in his role, and with good reason.
Agnes Baltsa gave her debut as Eboli, and her mezzo-soprano voice possessed both the lightness of touch necessary for her 'Veil Song' but also the power needed for 'O Don fatale'. Matti Salminen as the Grand Inquisitor was at an early high point in his career, and would remain at the peak of his profession for many years to come.
- Filippo II: Ruggero Raimondi
- Don Carlo: Josť Carreras
- Rodrigo: Piero Cappuccilli
- Il Grande Inquisitore: Matti Salminen
- Elisabetta di Valois: Mirella Freni
- Eboli: Agnes Baltsa
- Tebaldo: Marjon Lambriks
- Il conte di Lerma: Ewald Aichberger
- Un araldo reale: Thomas Moser
- La voce dal cielo: Edita Gruberova
Live Recording: Vienna State Opera, 6th May 1979
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