7 October 2011 at 3.44pm | 2 Comments
Marina Poplavskaya as Elisabetta di Valois and Rolando Villazon as Don Carlo in Don Carlo © Catherine Ashmore/ROH 2008
Acclaimed by Gramophone Magazine as showcasing "A great night at the house", the DVD of Verdi's Don Carlo won in the DVD Performance category at this year's Gramophone awards.
Nicholas Hyntner's production was acclaimed by the press on stage and this home release reveals the same high standards in the transition.
Gramophone praised the DVD release for avoiding the potential difficulties of the piece: "Don Carlo is notoriously hard to get right...even the end is tricky – where Carlo gets dragged off by a mysterious monk (but is it his grandfather? A ghost? Or just a monk?)".
Reviewer the late John Steane felt that the DVD even improved upon his impressions of the production on stage.
Other winners included Dame Janet Baker who won the Lifetime Achievement Award and Don Carlo conductor Antonio Pappano who triumphed on three occasions, also winning in the Editor's Choice category for his recording of Rossini's Stabat Mater for EMI Classics and for his part in Jonas Kaufmann's effort in the Recital category.