Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Tickets: $15.00, $20.00, $40.00, $60.00, $80.00, $100.00
Jennifer Check, soprano; Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; James Valenti, tenor; Stephen Powell, baritone; Christophoros Stamboglis, bass-baritone
Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Bel Canto Young Artists; Will Crutchfield, conductor and Director of Opera
Bel Canto at Caramoor and Maestro Will Crutchfield present Verdi’s Don Carlos in an uncut performance of the four-act version, sung in French. Renowned mezzo Jennifer Larmore sings her first-ever Eboli. This semi-staged concert performance will be preceded by lectures and recitals in the Spanish Courtyard.
Pre-Opera Events. Free for ticket holders.
2:30pm En decouvrant Don Carlos (Discovering Don Carlos)
One of the most dramatic events in the history of operatic scholarship was Andrew Porter's discovery, in 1967, that dozens of pages of unknown music by the mature Verdi could be recovered from orchestral parts preserved at the Paris Opera. Mr. Porter returns to Caramoor to tell the story of this adventure in a panel discussion on the rediscovery of Don Carlos with Philip Gossett and Will Crutchfield.
3:30pm Pages inconnues (Unknown Pages)
Andrew Porter introduces the Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artists as they sing excerpts from the Don Carlos music Verdi later cut or revised – including some passages never before performed in public, such as a version of the last act that begins with Don Carlos (not Élisabeth) waiting alone at the Monastery of Yuste.
4:30pm Schiller dans le musique (Schiller in Music)
Friedrich Schiller was the dramatist to whom Verdi turned to more often than any other for operatic subjects, and his visionary idealism inspired dozens of other composers as well. Caramoor delved into this body of works in 2011 (when another Schiller opera, Guillaume Tell, was on the bill). This performance returns to that theme with a fresh program, this time emphasizing the Verdian connection.
5:30pm Dinner Break
6:30pm Pre-opera lecture: Andrew Porter introduces Don Carlos