Verdi: Don Carlo ***
Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 12th May 2017
“What a day, what a day for an auto-da-fé” sings the chorus in Bernstein’s Candide, “It’s a lovely day for drinking and for watching people fry!” The Royal Opera Chorus even tweeted this lyric yesterday ahead of its participation in opera’s other auto-da-fé, Verdi’s Don Carlo. Yet this third revival of Nicholas Hytner’s 2008 production was a flameless affair without a single barbecued heretic. Has Health and Safety finally caught up with the Spanish Inquisition?
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