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Don Carlo from Parma doesn’t add much to the catalogue in Cesare Lievi’s traditional production. It features middle-aged singers wandering around the stage in need of some help. Marianne Cornetti has dramatic impetus but the voice is ragged and relies on some curious verismo effects. Michele Pertusi is a stylish Filippo. José Bros shows his bel canto training as Don Carlo, but the role’s a bit of a push for him at times. Serena Farnocchia’s natural vibrato is well controlled and she has style, though her Elisabetta is rather generic, and Vladimir Stoyanov is a solid Rodrigo. Daniel Oren’s conducting coaxes his cast through. The auto-da-fé offers some intriguing variants, not normally seen outside dubious nightclubs, on what to do with a St Andrew’s cross – and that’s about as interesting as it gets.

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