Don Carlo at the Met

Sondra Radvanovsky (Photo: Deluxe Photography, Nigel Dickson)
Can’t Make Up His Mind, Just Like That Other Prince
“Don Carlo” is Verdi’s “Hamlet.” It’s always an event when the Metropolitan Opera brings back John Dexter’s striking 1979 production of this long, complex, musically profound and psychologically perceptive work, based on Schiller’s play about the indecisive young crown prince Don Carlo and his brutish father, Philip II of Spain, during the madness that was the Inquisition.
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Soprano wields power in Met’s ‘Don Carlo’
BY JUSTIN DAVIDSON [Newsday, 7 Mar 05]
The operatic equivalent of the out-of-town tryout is the first act of opening night; Act II serves in lieu of Broadway’s six weeks of previews, and a good opera production hits its stride after intermission. Fortunately, Verdi’s “Don Carlo” is a very long piece, and after some initial flapping and gasping at the Met Thursday night, the performance finally plunged into marvelousness and remained immersed to the end.
A few minutes in, the title character, the crown prince of Spain, wanders away from his father’s diplomatic mission to France and into the wintry forest of Fontainebleau.
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