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Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's Don Carlo?

Audience and press reviews of The Royal Opera's staging of Verdi’s opera on love, ambition and intrigue in 16th-century Spain.

By Asher Korner (Interim Assistant Content Producer)

15 May 2017 at 4.09pm | 6 Comments

Press reviews:
Evening Standard ★★★★
Financial Times ★★★
Times (£) ★★★
Bachtrack ★★★
The Stage ★★★
Guardian ★★★
Telegraph ★★★
Independent ★★★
What'sOnStage ★★★

What did you think of Don Carlo?
Share your thoughts via the comments below.

Don Carlo runs until 29 May 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Aud Jebsen, The Taylor Family Foundation, Simon and Virginia Robertson, the Patrons of Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Asher Korner (Interim Assistant Content Producer)

15 May 2017 at 4.09pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Giuseppe Verdi, by Nicholas Hytner, Don Carlo, Production, review, your reaction

This article has 6 comments

  1. Sebastian Petit responded on 16 May 2017 at 4:43pm Reply

    Terribly feeble Grand Inquisitor...

  2. Ann O'Shaughnessy responded on 21 May 2017 at 11:05am Reply

    I saw this on Monday May 15. I have seen this production several times before with better casts (Kaufmann, Villazon, Keenlyside and Poplavskaya) but the voices I missed most were those of Ferruccio Furnaletto and Eric Hallvarson. Kristin Lewis improved as the night went on and her singing in Act V was delightful. However, the outstanding lady was, for me, Ekaterina Semenchuk - a Princess Eboli to remember. Christoph Pohl's Posa was the best male performance of the night. Changes made to some scenery were an improvement, were any needed, on previous performances I have seen. But, as is always the case with Don Carlo, the music was the overall winner. Please keep this production - it is stunning.

  3. In my view one of the greatest operas ever written, and I always end up engaged - but I DID miss the Furlanetto/Halvorson combo, and I DO like flames with my Auto da Fe!!
    Christoph Pohl a noble Posa.

  4. PS. Wonderful cello playing!!

  5. David O'Brien responded on 22 May 2017 at 2:34pm Reply

    Kristen Lewis was a real find. A bit erratic, but a great presence on stage,exciting and she acts with conviction. Hymel gets better and better, and his scenes with Ms Lewis took fire both musically and theatrically. The staging looks good, and makes sense of the piece, so has a lot of mileage left in it. But why, with an long opera requiring an earlier than usual start, did the schedulers plan five performances only on Mondays and Fridays? Some of us work. This should have had at least one Saturday performance.

  6. Anita Cadogan responded on 23 May 2017 at 2:06pm Reply

    I saw this opera for the first time and was unsure of what to expect I have no other performances of Don Carlo to judge it by so for me it was a winner and would definitely see again. Absolutely loved it.

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