Verdi: Don Carlo
The highlight of the 2013 Salzburg Festival in Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial year, Don Carlo is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, and Thomas Hampson.
As ever in Verdi’s masterpieces, Don Carlo’s story takes its roots in the political and religious situation of Europe. Just like in a Racinian tragedy, the lovers’ path is determined by a political situation which overwhelms them. This dream cast gathers the best Verdian singers on the operatic scene.
“Thomas Hampson’s Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa, was outstanding for much the same reason. Hampson’s Rodrigo is fully-fleshed in personality, the edges that are creeping into his voice used intelligently to enhance portrayal. Hampson’s Rodrigo is a strong father figure, a counterbalance to Philip II, even perhaps a ghost of Charles V. This is a characterization to be reckoned with, immensely enhancing the meaning of the opera.”
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