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Don Carlos

Don Carlos. 5-act opera by Verdi, to French lib. by Méry and du Locle after Schiller's play, comp. 1866–7, prod. Paris 1867, London CG 1867, NY 1877. This orig. version was heavily cut in Paris; the f.p. of the uncut score was in a BBC studio production in 1973, cond. by John Matheson. There was a stage perf., omitting only the ballet La Pérégrina, in Boston, Mass., 1975. In 1882–3 Verdi reduced it to 4 acts by omitting Act 1 (the ‘Fontainebleau scene’), prod. Milan 1884, and in 1886 he restored orig. Act I to the 4-act rev. It. version is properly known as Don Carlo. In recent years both 5- and 4-act versions have been perf.

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