Don Carlo


Verdi Don Carlo opera to a libretto by Camille du Locle and Joseph Méry. Directed 2013 by Hugo de Ana at the Teatro Regio, Torino. Stars Ramón Vargas (Don Carlo), Svetlana Kasyan (Elizabeth of Valois), Ildar Abdrazakov (Philip II), Ludovic Tézier (Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa), Daniela Barcellona (Princess Eboli), Marco Spotti (Grand Inquisitor), Roberto Tagliavini (Monk), Sonia Ciani (Tebaldo), Erika Grimaldi (Voice from Heaven),  Dario Prola (Count of Lerma), and Luca Casalin (Herald). Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Region, Torino (Chorus Master Claudio Fenoglio). Set design and costume design by Hugo de Ana; choreography by Leda Lojodice; lighting by Sergio Rossi; assitant direction by Filippo Tonon; directed for video and television by Ariella Beddini; executive producer Edoardo Fioravanti. Released 2014, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Mike Ashman, writing in the April 2015 Gramophone (page 112) is happy enough with the singers and the orchestra, but he warns of a "relentlessly old-fashioned production" by director Hugo De Ana. For a more modern production, Ashman would prefer the Salzburg Festival production with director Stein and Pappano as conductor. But see also the (slightly edited) comment from John Aikten below defending Hugo De Ana's designs for this Don Carlo. Finally, if you happen to have The Opera Gala from Baden-Baden, you can see Vargas (Don Carlo) and Tézier (Rodrigo) sing a famous duet from Don Carlo back in 2007. 

Here's a clip showing an elaborate set and impressive costumes: