Ramón Vargas (Don Carlos), Alastair Miles (Philippe II), Bo Skovhus (Rodrigue), Nadja Michael (La Princesse Eboli), Iano Tamar (Elisabeth de Valois), Simon Yang (Le Grand Inquisiteur), Cornelia Salje (Thibault), Dan Paul Dumitrescu (Un Moine), Benedikt Kobel (Le Compte de Lerme), Inna Los (Un Voix d'en Haut), Cosmin Ifrim (Un Hérault Royal)
Arthaus presents the world première of the unabridged version of Don Carlos at the Vienna State Opera, in a staging by the world renowned German director Peter Konwitschny. This staging in its unabridged version remains true to Giuseppe Verdi’s original vision of his grand opera, when it was premiered in Paris in 1867.
However, during the rehearsals it soon became clear that Don Carlos would not fit within the convention of duration, and Verdi was forced, against his will, to make cuts. Over the next 20 years, he would repeatedly turn out new versions of the opera, none of which ultimately left him satisfied. Therefore it was not until October 2004 that his original work – without cuts and sung in the original French - received its world première, now available for home viewing on DVD. Led by French conductor Bertrand de Billy the singers were hailed by audience and critics. The international cast were all renowned soloists on the world’s opera stages and also long-term stalwarts of the Vienna Opera.
Sound Format: LPCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: 2 x DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT
Running Time: 247 mins
“a soberly impressive non-Francophone cast - its outstanding members the lyrically graceful, open-hearted Ramón Vargas and leanly expressive Alastair Miles as warring son-prince and father-king, and Najda Michael's attractive, exciting Eboli - and wonderfully delivered by the orchestra and chorus”
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