In 1964 Deutsche Oper Berlin still had no General Music Director. But Artistic Director Gustav Rudolf Sellner made a virtue out a necessity and – in addition to the permanent conductor Heinrich Hollreiser and the regular guest conductor Karl Böhm – brought in further conductors from home and abroad for individual productions. For Don Carlos he invited Wolfgang Sawallisch, who since 1957 had been making a name for himself at the Bayreuth Festival, above all with Tannhäuser and the Flying Dutchman and since 1960 had been acting General Music Director in Hamburg. He had at his disposal an ensemble of outstanding soloists. In addition to Josef Greindl and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, they included James King in the title role, Pilar Lorengar, Martti Talvela, Patricia Johnson and Lisa Otto as the Voice from Heaven.
Sound Format: PCM Mono
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, JP, Korean
Running Time: 155 mins
“This black-and-white version in German is a document of a great style, with Fischer-Dieskau in his best operatic role. Fiery conducting from Wolfgang Sawallisch.”
13th December 2012
“[Fischer-Dieskau is] in marginally better voice than on his famous studio recording of the work for Decca, though it's the subtle physicality of his acting that is the real revelation here. He's by no means the only reason for watching: Pilar Lorengar is immensely touching as Elisabeth...and there's grand, intense conducting from Wolfgang Sawallisch.”
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