Don Carlo-Roberto Alagna
Elizabeth of Valois-Marina Poplavskaya
Princess Eboli-Anna Smirnova
King Philip II-Ferruccio Furlanetto
Grand Inquisitor-Eric Halfvarson
The Metropolitan Opera is treating us in our hibernation to some streams of marvelous past performances. It is interesting to see these films again. I am having very different reactions, Don Carlo being no exception. I feel no inclination to compare Marina Poplavskaya to anyone. She had a brief but glorious career. She crossed my path only between 2009 and 2011. I enjoy her today very much. I think she became a real estate agent in Manhattan.
The peak of Ferruccio Furlanetto's career is the great scene here where he laments that his wife does not love him. It is a great opera with a great cast. They are mostly giving us traditional productions.
Smirnova isn't that interesting in the role of Eboli, but she gives a barn-burning "O don fatale." Each character has a wonderful scene.
This is the era of the Inquisition, and Spain was at its center. They ruled over a protestant land and killed many people. As political operas go, this one is at the top of the heap, with glorious music, great characters, and here a beautiful performance.