This is a list of recordings of Don Carlos, an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, known as Don Carlo in its Italian-language versions. Don Carlos premiered as a five-act French grand opera at the Théâtre Impérial de l'Opéra in Paris on 11 March 1867. In 1883, Verdi created a revised 4-act (Milan) version, which has generally been performed and recorded in Italian. In 1886, Ricordi published a 5-act (Modena) version without the ballet with the first act added to the 4-act 1883 revision. The 1886 Modena version has been recorded in French and in Italian. Since 1973, some performances in Italian and in French have restored music cut before the Paris premiere, especially the introduction to Act 1 (with a chorus of woodcutters).

Audio recordings in French

Year Cast[1]
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor
Un voix d'en haut)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[2]
1973 André Turp
Edith Tremblay
Michelle Vilma
Robert Savoie
Joseph Rouleau
Richard Van Allan
Prudence Lloyd
John Matheson
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC Singers
(original BBC broadcast)
(5-act Paris version with the ballet and all the music cut before the premiere)
Opera Rara
Cat: ORCV 305
1984 Plácido Domingo
Katia Ricciarelli
Lucia Valentini Terrani
Leo Nucci
Ruggero Raimondi
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Arleen Auger
Claudio Abbado
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
(1886 5-act version with five pieces of cut or replaced music and the ballet in an appendix)
Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 415 981-2
1996 Roberto Alagna
Karita Mattila
Waltraud Meier
Thomas Hampson
José van Dam
Eric Halfvarson
Donna Brown
Antonio Pappano
Orchestre de Paris
Théâtre du Châtelet Chorus
(recorded at Théâtre du Châtelet)
(5-act version without ballet with some of the music cut before the premiere and some from the 1886 revised version)
EMI Classics
Cat: 56152

Video recordings in French

Year Cast
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor
Une voix d'en haut)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[2]
1996 Roberto Alagna
Karita Mattila
Waltraud Meier
Thomas Hampson
José van Dam
Eric Halfvarson
Donna Brown
Antonio Pappano
Orchestre de Paris
Théâtre du Châtelet Chorus
Stage producer: Luc Bondy
(5-act version without ballet with some of the music cut before the premiere and some from the 1886 revised version)
DVD, Blu-ray:[3] Kultur Video
Cat: D 2031
2004 Ramon Vargas
Iano Tamar
Nadja Michael
Bo Skovhus
Alastair Miles
Simon Yang
Inna Los
Bertrand de Billy
Wiener Staatsoper
Directed for stage by Peter Konwitschny
(5-act Paris version with the ballet and all the music cut before the premiere)
DVD: TDK[4]

Audio recordings in Italian

Year Cast[1]
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor
Voce dal Cielo)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[2]
1950 Jussi Björling
Delia Rigal
Fedora Barbieri
Robert Merrill
Cesare Siepi
Jerome Hines
Lucine Amara
Fritz Stiedry
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
(4 acts; radio broadcast recorded 11 November)
West Hill Radio Archives
Cat: WHRA 6021
and Met Opera on Demand[5]
1951 Mirto Picchi
Maria Caniglia
Ebe Stignani
Paolo Silveri
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni
Giulio Neri
Graziella Sciutti
Fernando Previtali
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI
(4 acts)
Warner Fonit
Cat: 8573 82649-2
1954 Mario Filippeschi
Antonietta Stella
Elena Nicolai
Tito Gobbi
Boris Christoff
Giulio Neri
Orietta Moscucci
Gabriele Santini
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma orchestra
Rome Opera Chorus
(4 acts)
EMI Classics
Cat: 64642
1955 Richard Tucker
Eleanor Steber
Blanche Thebom
Ettore Bastianini
Jerome Hines
Nicola Moscona
Shakeh Vartenissian
Kurt Adler
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
(4 acts; recorded on 5 March) [6]
Myto
Cat: 946.116
1956 Angelo LoForese
Anita Cerquetti
Fedora Barbieri
Ettore Bastianini
Cesare Siepi
Giulio Neri
Shakeh Vartenissian
Antonino Votto
Coro e Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
(recorded on 16 June)
Melodram
Cat: CDM 370104.
1958 Eugenio Fernandi
Sena Jurinac
Giulietta Simionato
Ettore Bastianini
Cesare Siepi
Marco Stefanoni
Anneliese Rothenberger
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna State Opera orchestra and chorus
(4 acts; recorded at Salzburg Festival on 26 July)
Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 447655
1958 Jon Vickers
Gré Brouwenstijn
Fedora Barbieri
Tito Gobbi
Boris Christoff
Michael Langdon
Ava June
Carlo Maria Giulini
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
(1886 5-act "Modena version";
recorded on 12 May)[7]
Royal Opera House Heritage
Cat: ROHS 003
1961 Flaviano Labò
Antonietta Stella
Fiorenza Cossotto
Ettore Bastianini
Boris Christoff
Ivo Vinco
Giuliana Matteini
Gabriele Santini
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
(5 acts; 1886 unabridged version)
Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 437739
1964 Franco Corelli
Leonie Rysanek
Irene Dalis
Nicolae Herlea
Giorgio Tozzi
Hermann Uhde
Junetta Jones
Kurt Adler
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
(4 acts; recorded on 7 March)[8][9]
Living Stage
Cat: LS 4035171[10]
and Met Opera on Demand[11]
1965 Carlo Bergonzi
Renata Tebaldi
Grace Bumbry
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Martti Talvela
Joan Carlyle
Georg Solti
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
(5 acts; 1886 unabridged version)
Decca
Cat: 421114
1970 Plácido Domingo
Montserrat Caballé
Shirley Verrett
Sherrill Milnes
Ruggero Raimondi
Giovanni Foiani
María-Rosa del Campo
Carlo Maria Giulini
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
(5 acts; 1886 unabridged version)[12]
EMI Classics
Cat: 67397
1978 José Carreras
Mirella Freni
Agnes Baltsa
Piero Cappuccilli
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Ruggero Raimondi
Barbara Hendricks
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic
Deutsche Oper Berlin chorus
(4 acts)
EMI Classics
Cat: 6930
1992 Luciano Pavarotti
Daniela Dessì
Luciana d'Intino
Paolo Coni
Samuel Ramey
Alexander Anisimov
Nuccia Focile
Riccardo Muti
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
(4 acts)
EMI Classics
Cat: 58631
1997 Richard Margison
Galina Gorchakova
Olga Borodina
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Roberto Scandiuzzi
Robert Lloyd
Sylvia McNair
Bernard Haitink
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
(5 acts; 1886 unabridged version)
Philips
Cat:

Video recordings in Italian

Year Cast
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor
Una voce dal cielo)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[2]
1980 Vasile Moldoveanu
Renata Scotto
Tatiana Troyanos
Sherrill Milnes
Paul Plishka
Jerome Hines
Therese Brandson
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
Production by John Dexter
(Unabridged 5-act version;
telecast on 21 February)[13]
DVD: The Metropolitan Opera
Cat: 811357013311;[14]
and Met Opera on Demand[15]
1983 Plácido Domingo,
Mirella Freni
Grace Bumbry
Louis Quilico
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Marvis Martin
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
Production by John Dexter
(Unabridged 5-act version;
telecast on 26 March)[16][17]
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 00440 073 4085
1985 Luis Lima,
Ileana Cotrubas
Bruna Baglioni
Giorgio Zancanaro
Robert Lloyd
Joseph Rouleau
Lola Biagioni
Bernard Haitink
The Royal Opera, Covent Garden
Original production by Luchino Visconti
Staged by Christopher Renshaw
(5-act 1886 version)
DVD: Warner Vision
Cat: 505 1011 02422-1 (2005)
1986 José Carreras
Fiamma Izzo D'Amico
Agnes Baltsa
Piero Cappuccilli
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Matti Salminen
Antonella Bandelli
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic
Salzburg Festival chorus
Set design: Günther Schneider-Siemssen[18]
(4 acts)
DVD: Sony Classical
Cat: 88697296019
1992 Luciano Pavarotti
Daniela Dessì
Luciana D'Intino
Paolo Coni
Samuel Ramey
Alexander Anisimov
Antonella Bandelli
Riccardo Muti
Teatro alla Scala orchestra and chorus
Stage production and video direction:
Franco Zeffirelli[19]
(4 acts)
DVD: EMI Classics
Cat: 358631-2
2008 Rolando Villazón
Marina Poplavskaya
Sonia Ganassi
Simon Keenlyside
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Eric Halfvarson
Anita Watson
Antonio Pappano
Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus
Directed by Nicolas Hytner
(1886 version in 5 acts;
recorded on 14, 17 June and 3 July)
DVD: EMI Classics
Cat: 50999 6 31609 9 4
2010 Roberto Alagna
Marina Poplavskaya
Anna Smirnova
Simon Keenlyside
Ferruccio Furlanetto
Eric Halfvarson
Jennifer Check
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Metropolitan Opera
Production by Nicolas Hytner
(1886 version in 5 acts;
recorded on 11 December)[20]
HD streaming video:
Met Opera on Demand[21]
2013 Jonas Kaufmann
Anja Harteros
Ekaterina Semenchuk
Thomas Hampson
Matti Salminen
Eric Halfvarson
Kiandra Howarth
Antonio Pappano
Vienna Philharmonic
Salzburg Festival chorus
Staged by Peter Stein
(5-act hybrid of the 1886 Modena and 1866 uncut Paris versions)
DVD: Sony Classical
Cat: 88843005769
Blu-ray:
Cat: 88843005779

Recordings in German

Year Cast[1]
(Don Carlos, Elisabeth,
Eboli, Rodrigue,
King Philip II,
Grand Inquisitor
Voce dal Cielo)
Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Label[2]
1948 Boris Greverus
Irma Demuth
Joanna Blatter
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Josef Greindl
Josef Herrmann
Elfriede Hingst
Ferenc Fricsay
Berlin State Opera orchestra and chorus
(sung in German; recorded on 18 November)
Audio recording:
Myto
Cat: 001.H038
1960 Ludmila Dvorakova
Martin Ritzman
Hedwig Müller-Bütow
Rudolf Jedlicka
Theo Adam
Franz Konwitschny
Berlin Opera House
Walhall Eternity Series
1965 James King
Pilar Lorengar
Patricia Johnson
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Josef Greindl
Martti Talvela
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra and chorus
(4 acts; sung in German)
DVD: Arthaus Musik
Cat: 101 621

References

Notes
  1. ^ a b c Role names as appearing on the Kultur DVD
  2. ^ a b c d e Recordings on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk
  3. ^ Don Carlos, OCLC 880331555.
  4. ^ OCLC 244369432.
  5. ^ Don Carlo, 11 November 1950, Met Opera on Demand.
  6. ^ Met performance of 5 March 1955 at the Met Opera Archive.
  7. ^ Royal Opera House, London, Covent Garden Books: Opera 12, pub. 1960, plus appearing in program books of all subsequent revivals of the 1958 production
  8. ^ Met performance of 7 March 1964 at the Met Opera Archive.
  9. ^ Ralph Moore (June 2018). "Verdi’s Don Carlo: a partial survey of the discography", Music Web International. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  10. ^ #30 at operadis-opera-discography.org.uk
  11. ^ "Verdi, Don Carlo, 7 March, 1964", Met Opera on Demand.
  12. ^ Andrew Porter, Don Carlo, in the 1971 booklet with the recording
  13. ^ Met telecast of 21 February 1980 at the Met Opera Archive.
  14. ^ Recording details taken from the 2010 Met DVD of the February 1980 telecast, from the DVD collection "James Levine Celebrating 40 Years at the Met"
  15. ^ Don Carlo, 21 February 1980, Met Opera on Demand website.
  16. ^ Met telecast of 26 March 1983 at the Met Opera Archive.
  17. ^ Details of 1984 The Met 3 act and synopsis
  18. ^ Don Carlo, OCLC 52824860.
  19. ^ Don Carlo, OCLC 1048057459.
  20. ^ Met performance of 11 December 2010 at the Met Opera Archive.
  21. ^ Don Carlo, 11 December 2010, Met Opera on Demand website.
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