VERDI Don Carlo Levine DVD-VIDEO 0734085

[Freni]: This is a monumental performance, and my personal highlight . . . she brings such nobility to the character, such poignancy and dignity to the scene where she bids farewell to her lady-in-waiting, for instance, and such stamina in the big Act V aria, that the DVD is worth purchasing for Freni alone. Many of the same comments could be made about the Don Carlo, Plácido Domingo. Ravishing tone and an heroic performance . . . The final duet is magical, however, and compared to most of his rivals on DVD, Domingo's assumption of the role is remarkable . . . Nicolai Ghiaurov brings ideal tone and a commanding presence to the role . . . The Met chorus is in great form . . . Probably the best version now available . . . It's a must for the Verdi collector . . .

. . . this production by John Dexter is worth looking at . . . This is class all the way, scenically and musically . . . Under Levine¿s taut direction, this performance surges with magnificent singing and dramatic interaction.

. . . sumptuous cast, in a typically plush New York Metropolitan production, and equally plushly conducted by its music director James Levine . . . the results are beautiful . . . Domingo is in fine voice . . . The lower voices, male and female, are impressive, with mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry an especially strong Princess Eboli . . .

Für Sammler von Aufführungen in Star-Besetzung ein Muss.

Sincérité et même défonce chez les protagonistes sont exemplaires . . . Un spectacle royal.

Domingo demeure le plus séduisant des Carlo, et forme avec Freni . . . un couple quasi idéal . . . Ghiaurov: une voix imposante, la stature et l¿humanité d¿un souverain blessé . . . La direction de Levine est la vitalité incarnée.