Magazine article Opera Canada

Don Carlo: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Rodrigo) and Richard Margison in the Title Role of the Metropolitan Opera Production. (New York)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Don Carlo: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Rodrigo) and Richard Margison in the Title Role of the Metropolitan Opera Production. (New York)

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December 29 marked the season premiere at the Metropolitan Opera of Verdi's Don Carlo. Unfortunately, this opening-night performance took some time to take flight. It was not until well into the second scene of Act II that things really began to kick into gear, although other longueurs were to follow. Given that this was also an uncut, five-act version, it made for a long evening.

Although international in flavor, the cast had a large Russian component, including conductor Valery Gergiev and four of the six principals. Generally the men fared better than the distaff side. Paata Burchuladze was a formidable Grand Inquisitor, while baritone Dimitri Hvorostovky made a compelling Rodrigo. Canadian tenor Richard Margison, in the title role, sang with his accustomed solidity and security, his distinctive Italianate tenor ringing effortlessly throughout the house, but it was American bass Samuel Ramey who garnered the greatest applause of the evening for his portrayal of King Philip. …

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