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Verdi's 'Don Carlo' at the MET - a Heartrending Performance
Rarely have I seen such a unitary performance from the vocal point of view, with such comprehensive acting, grasping the very essence of Verdi's score. It was actually one of the most dramatic and passionate performances, with wonderful cantilenas, strength and energy - a score that maestro Lorin Maazel conducted beautifully, who was in great shape, considering he has just turned 83.
Verdi's Don Carlo came to the Metropolitan Opera's stage on its 206th performance - the series started in 1920, when this particular title was unknown in America. The current version, with great art direction, a dark, somber setting and a semi-obscurity that permeates all five acts, intensifying the emotional charge of the music, is directed by an Englishman, Nicholas Hytner, who debuted in 2010 in the States with this production.
Translated by Irina Borțoi and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, Bucharest University