Buddy Stories

Platonic male friendship rarely takes center stage in the passionate plots of opera, but two Verdi masterpieces, Don Carlo and Un Ballo in Maschera, share that surprisingly powerful theme. CONRAD L. OSBORNE explores the similarities.

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Simon Keenlyside and Jonas Kaufmann, Posa and Carlo at Covent Garden, 2009
© Catherine Ashmore 2012
The four masterpieces of Verdi's late-middle period, Un Ballo in Maschera and Don Carlo in particular, show us a kind of relationship that is otherwise almost totally absent from nineteenth- and early...

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