Verdi: Don Carlo (In French) - Vanzo, Bonnet, Macaux, Despraz, Bianco; Bruck. France, 1961


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  • Although the names in this cast might not jump out to you immediately, there are a lot of reasons to add this performance to your collection if you are a Don Carlo fan. For one thing, it is a rare performance of the work in French, but using the 1884 version premiered in Milan, not the original Paris version.
  • Alain Vanzo is superb in the title role as is René Bianco as Posa and Xavier Depraz as Filippo II (the latter treating us to a thrilling Filippo/Inquisitor scene with the help of Jacques Mars.)
  • Conductor Charles Buck favors slower tempos than I am used to, but I found the approach worked well, helping to bring clarity of text without bogging down the dramatic flow. It would not be my "desert island" interpretation but I still took something new from it.


  • Vocally, Germaine Bonnet is not really up to the task as Elisabeth.
  • Although cuts in this opera during the 1960s were fairly common, the ones used in this performance are downright draconian.

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OD 11948-2

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