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Subject: Today at 12 noon EDT - DON CARLOS from Royal Opera
From: E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:49:54 -0400

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Verdi's Don Carlo

Verdi's dramatic opera 'Don Carlo', starring tenor Bryan Hymel as the
Spanish prince. This performance, recorded at the Royal Opera House, is
introduced by James Naughtie, who is joined by Verdi specialist Flora

Don Carlos ..... Bryan Hymel (tenor)
Tebaldo ..... Angela Simkin (mezzo-soprano)
Elizabeth of Valois ..... Kristin Lewis (soprano)
Count of Lerma ..... David Junghoon Kim (tenor)
Countess of Aremberg ..... Rosalind Waters (soprano)
Carlos V ..... Andrea Mastroni (bass)
Rodrigo ..... Christoph Pohl (baritone)
Philip II ..... Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)
Princess Eboli ..... Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano)
Voice from Heaven ..... Francesca Chiejina (soprano)
Grand Inquisitor ..... Paata Burchuladze (bass)
Royal Opera House Chorus
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Bertrand de Billy (Conductor)

This historical drama is based on Schiller's play 'Don Carlos, Prince Royal
of Spain' and is performed here in Verdi's five-act Italian version. Don
Carlos - sung by tenor Bryan Hymel - is the Spanish heir to the throne, but
in order to secure a peace treaty he has to see his betrothed lady,
Elisabeth de Valois (soprano Kristin Lewis) marry his own father, King
Philip II. The opera is full of drama in addition to this love triangle,
including the sacrifice of Don Carlo's deep friendship with Rodrigo,
mistaken identities, and a huge struggle between church and state. The
power of Verdi's music is spell-binding and is perhaps at its most intense
during the famous confrontation in Act IV between the King - sung here by
bass Ildar Abdrazakov - and the Grand Inquisitor (the bass Paata
Burchuladze). Bertrand de Billy conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the
Royal Opera House. (4 hrs., 30 min.)

Best regards,

E J Michel
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