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On a beautiful red and black background there were renaissance style figures that looked as though they came from paintings. These images were especially powerful under Duane Schuler's dramatic lighting. Tim Goodchild's costumes were mostly plain and black except for the rich looking, trailing capes worn by Philip and Elizabeth at the Auto da Fe.

A scene from the LA Opera production of Verdi's 'Don Carlo'. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard
A scene from the LA Opera production of Verdi's 'Don Carlo'. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard

As Don Carlo, Salvatore Licitra lived up to the high expectations that many opera goers have had for him over the last few years. His acting was passionate and his legato smooth as he poured out an expanse of surging sound.

Salvatore Licitra as Don Carlo and Annalisa Raspagliosi as Elisabetta in the LA Opera production of Verdi's 'Don Carlo'. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard
Salvatore Licitra as Don Carlo and Annalisa Raspagliosi as Elisabetta in the LA Opera production of Verdi's 'Don Carlo'. Photo © 2006 Robert Millard

 

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Copyright © 25 September 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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