Don Carlos discography

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This is a list of recordings of Don Carlos , an opera by Giuseppe Verdi known as Don Carlo in its Italian-language versions. Don Carlos premiered as a five-act French grand opera at the Théâtre Impérial de l'Opéra in Paris on 11 March 1867.

<i>Don Carlos</i> five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller

Don Carlos is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller. In addition, it has been noted by David Kimball that the Fontainebleau scene and auto da fé "were the most substantial of several incidents borrowed from a contemporary play on Philip II by Eugène Cormon". The opera is most often performed in Italian translation, usually under the title Don Carlo.

Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

Grand opera opera genre

Grand opera is a genre of 19th-century opera generally in four or five acts, characterized by large-scale casts and orchestras, and lavish and spectacular design and stage effects, normally with plots based on or around dramatic historic events. The term is particularly applied to certain productions of the Paris Opéra from the late 1820s to around 1850; 'grand opéra' has sometimes been used to denote the Paris Opéra itself.

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Audio recordings

1867 Original 5-act French version

YearCast [1]
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label [2]
1973 André Turp
Edith Tremblay
Michelle Vilma
Robert Savoie
Joseph Rouleau
Richard Van Allan
John Matheson
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC Singers
(original BBC broadcast)
Opera Rara
Cat: ORCV 305
1984 Placido Domingo
Katia Ricciarelli
Lucia Valentini Terrani
Leo Nucci
Ruggero Raimondi
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Claudio Abbado
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
(original 1886 version)
Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 415 981-2
1996 Roberto Alagna
Karita Mattila
Waltraud Meier
Thomas Hampson
José van Dam
Eric Halfvarson
Antonio Pappano
Orchestre de Paris
Théâtre du Châtelet Chorus
(recorded at Théâtre du Châtelet)
EMI Classics
Cat: 56152

1884-plus translated and revised Italian version

YearCast [1]
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label [2]
1948Boris Greverus
Irma Demuth
Joanna Blatter
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Josef Greindl
Josef Herrmann
Ferenc Fricsay
Berlin State Opera orchestra & chorus
(sung in German; recorded on 18 November)
Myto
Cat: 001.H038
1950 Jussi Björling
Delia Rigal
Fedora Barbieri
Robert Merrill
Cesare Siepi
Jerome Hines
Fritz Stiedry
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(4 acts; recorded 11 November)
West Hill Radio Archives
Cat: WHRA 6021
1951 Mirto Picchi
Maria Caniglia
Ebe Stignani
Paolo Silveri
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni
Giulio Neri
Fernando Previtali
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI
(4 acts)
Warner Fonit
Cat: 8573 82649-2
1954 Mario Filippeschi
Antonietta Stella
Elena Nicolai
Tito Gobbi
Boris Christoff
Giulio Neri
Gabriele Santini
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma orchestra
Rome Opera Chorus
(4 acts)
EMI Classics
Cat: 64642
1955 Richard Tucker
Eleanor Steber
Blanche Thebom
Ettore Bastianini
Jerome Hines
Nicola Moscona
Kurt Adler
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(recorded on 4 March)
Myto
Cat: 946.116
1956Angelo LoForese
Anita Cerquetti
Fedora Barbieri
Ettore Bastianini
Cesare Siepi
Giulio Neri
Antonino Votto
Coro e Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
(recorded on 16 June)
Melodram
Cat: CDM 370104.
1958 Eugenio Fernandi
Sena Jurinac
Giulietta Simionato
Ettore Bastianini
Cesare Siepi
Marco Stefanoni
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna State Opera orchestra & chorus
(4 acts; recorded at Salzburg Festival on 26 July)
Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 447655
1958 Jon Vickers
Gré Brouwenstijn
Fedora Barbieri
Tito Gobbi
Boris Christoff
Michael Langdon
Carlo Maria Giulini
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
(1886 5-act "Modena version";
recorded on 12 May) [3]
Royal Opera House Heritage
Cat: ROHS 003
1965 Carlo Bergonzi
Renata Tebaldi
Grace Bumbry
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Martti Talvela
Georg Solti
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
(5 acts; 1886 unabridged version)
Decca
Cat: 421114
1970 Plácido Domingo
Montserrat Caballé
Shirley Verrett
Sherrill Milnes
Ruggero Raimondi
Giovanni Foiani
Carlo Maria Giulini
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
(5 acts; 1886 unabridged version) [4]
EMI Classics
Cat: 67397
1978 José Carreras
Mirella Freni
Agnes Baltsa
Piero Cappuccilli
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Ruggero Raimondi
Herbert von Karajan
Berliner Philharmoniker
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
(4 acts)
EMI Classics
Cat: 6930
1992 Luciano Pavarotti
Daniela Dessì
Luciana d'Intino
Paolo Coni
Samuel Ramey
Alexander Anisimov
Riccardo Muti
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
(4 acts)
EMI Classics
Cat: 58631
1997 Richard Margison
Galina Gorchakova
Olga Borodina
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Roberto Scandiuzzi
Robert Lloyd
Bernard Haitink
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
(5 acts; 1886 unabridged version)
Philips
Cat:

Video recordings

1867 original 5-act French version

YearCast
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label [2]
1996 Roberto Alagna
Karita Mattila
Waltraud Meier
Thomas Hampson
José van Dam
Eric Halfvarson
Antonio Pappano
Théâtre du Châtelet orchestra & chorus
DVD: Kultur Video
Cat: D 2031

1884-plus translated and revised Italian version

YearCast
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label [2]
1965 James King
Pilar Lorengar
Patricia Johnson
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Josef Greindl
Martti Talvela
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Deutsche Oper orchestra & chorus
(4 acts; sung in German)
DVD: Arthaus Musik
Cat: 101 621
1980 Vasile Moldoveanu
Renata Scotto
Tatiana Troyanos
Sherrill Milnes
Paul Plishka
Jerome Hines
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(Unabridged 5-act version;
telecast on 21 February) [5]
DVD: The Metropolitan Opera
Cat: 811357013311 [6]
1983 Plácido Domingo,
Mirella Freni
Grace Bumbry
Louis Quilico
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Ferruccio Furlanetto
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(Unabridged 5-act version;
telecast on 26 March) [7] [8]
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 00440 073 4085
1986 José Carreras
Fiamma Izzo D'Amico
Agnes Baltsa
Piero Cappuccilli
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Matti Salminen
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic orchestra
Salzburg Festival chorus
(4 acts)
DVD: Sony Classical
Cat: 88697296019
1992 Luciano Pavarotti
Daniela Dessì
Luciana D'Intino
Paolo Coni
Samuel Ramey
Alexander Anisimov
Riccardo Muti
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
(4 acts)
DVD: EMI Classics
Cat: 358631-2
2008 Rolando Villazón
Marina Poplavskaya
Sonia Ganassi
Simon Keenlyside
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Eric Halfvarson
Antonio Pappano
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
(1886 version in 5 acts;
recorded on 14, 17 June and 3 July)
DVD: EMI Classics
Cat: 50999 6 31609 9 4
2013 Jonas Kaufmann
Anja Harteros
Ekaterina Semenchuk
Thomas Hampson
Matti Salminen
Eric Halfvarson
Antonio Pappano
Wiener Philharmoniker
Salzburg Festival chorus
(1886 version in 5 acts)
DVD: Sony Classical
Cat: 88843005769

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References

Notes
  1. 1 2 Role names as appearing on the Kultur DVD
  2. 1 2 3 4 Recordings on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk
  3. Royal Opera House, London, Covent Garden Books: Opera 12, pub. 1960, plus appearing in program books of all subsequent revivals of the 1958 production
  4. Andrew Porter, Don Carlo, in the 1971 booklet with the recording
  5. Met telecast of 21 February 1980 at the Met Opera Archive.
  6. Recording details taken from the 2010 Met DVD of the February 1980 telecast, from the DVD collection "James Levine Celebrating 40 Years at the Met"
  7. Met telecast of 26 March 1983 at the Met Opera Archive.
  8. Details of 1984 The Met 3 act and synopsis
Sources