Something I like
Don Carlo is a beautiful opera and very dear to me and I love this aria in particular. Heard it in tens of versions, both live and recorded. I listened to Keenlyside in Vienna last year and it hit me like a hammer. Dreamed of it for a week. Will listen to Mariusz Kwiecien at Royal Opera this Spring. For this post I chose an older interpretation, an amazing voice I was introduced to recently. Giuseppe Taddei was one of the greatest. After listening to his Posa, I also tried his Scarpia (and there's a terrific recording of Tosca on YouTube with him as Scarpia, di Stefano as Mario and Price as Tosca, with Karajan ruling over Wiener Philharmoniker)
Speaking of Don Carlo at ROH, for those interested the tickets for Spring season go on sale this Tuesday at 10am (GMT). There's a not-to-be-missed combination of Donna del Lago (JDD/JDF) and Don Carlo (Kaufmann, Harteros, Kwiecien, Rice, Furlanetto) in May. Happy shopping!
Have a snowy weekend!