The original French version of 5 acts is called Don Carlos.
Over 20 years various 'abridged' versions were tried, finally culminating in that Italian language version as seen at The OH! Thursday (with Emerald Cast). There was no ballet scene as in the French version.
So here is a sample of what maybe missed by some ballet/opera lovers :-)
ONLY 3 1/2 hours including 2 short intermissions.
All are based on the Schiller Play.
BTW the Auto De Fe scene was cut as well. The only hint of the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition were two cowed, cowled extras who stood with bowed heads and were shortly thereafter escorted off stage.
Having cut the Woods of Fountainebleu scene, makes it perhaps a bit confusing at first.
That act explains that Elisabetta, originally affianced to Don Carlo, was given in marriage by her father to Don Carlo's Father, King Phillip, which makes what follows more understandable.
Under Maestro Enrico Carreon Robledo the OH Orchestra produced lavish sounds, especially the string section, despite the diminished size as is the case in the intimate house of The OH!
Whereas in a bigger house many more instruments are to be heard, here several of the players had solos and managed them quite well.
Staging, again due to the size of the house, was simple and mostly well lit.
Costumes were period style - quite suitable for a Spanish Court.
|Rodrigo/Lickteig and Don Carlo/Darling|
Jennifer Kosharski's strong Mezzo with touches of contralto, acted and sang with steely prowess the role of Princess Eboli. Her 'O don fatale', was greeted with applause.
King Phillip, Bass Alexander Scopino, was touching in his solo of the anguished husband and ruler, who bows to the dictat of the Grand Inquisitor, who was sung with a powerful, rich bass by Erik Kroncke.
| Grand Inquisitor/Kroncke|
|King Phillip/Scopino and Elisabetta/ Newton |
The Heavenly Voice, heard from on high, was sung by Soprano Traci Davis with soft beauty.
|Eboli/Kosharsi and Tebaldo/Ross |
The house was packed, the audience enthusiastic and applauded vigorously.