Church and State
The Grand Inquisitor scene from Don Carlo remains one of the most chilling set-pieces in all of Verdi. PATRICK DILLON reports.
Eric Halfvarson (The Grand Inquisitor) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Filippo) in Nicholas Hytner's staging of Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
© Catherine Ashmore 2010
"I would like a little scene between Filippo and the Inquisitor," wrote Giuseppe Verdi to Émile Perrin, head of the Paris Opera, in July 1865. Perrin had been wooing Verdi to commit to writing a new o...
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