Verdi: Don Carlo DVD (The Royal Opera) 1985


Verdi was commissioned by the Paris Opera to write Don Carlo to a French libretto. The source material was a dramatic play by Schiller and the work premiered as a five-act grand opera in March 1867 under the title Don Carlos. Set in the 16th century, its subject is Carlo, the son of Spain’s King Phillip II, and his love for Elizabetta, whom Philip later marries. The nature of the crises and conflicts Carlo faces, personal and political, drive the drama with unremitting intensity.

Elisabetta di Valois - Ileana Cotrubas
Tebaldo - Patricia Parker
The Countess of Aremburg - Romayne Grigorova
Don Carlo - Luis Lima
Count Lerma - John Dobson
A Monk - Matthew Best
Rodrigo - Giorgio Zancanaro
Philip II - Robert Lloyd
Princess Eboli - Bruna Baglioni
A Royal Herald - Alan Jones
A Voice from Heaven - Lola Biagioni
Grand Inquisitor - Joseph Rouleau
Flemish Deputies - Ian Comboy, Stephen Rhys-Williams, Henry Herford, Martin McEvoy, Julian Moyle, Brian Donlan

Royal Opera House Chorus
Chorus master: Peter Burian
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink

Stage Director: Christopher Renshaw (after Luchino Visconti)
Set & Dostume Designer: Luchino Visconti
Lighting: Bill McGee (after Luchino Visconti)

Recorded at the Royal Opera House, April 1985

Picture: NTSC 4:3
Sound : Dolby Digital 2.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, IT, ES, PO, JP
Running time: 204 mins