Leonora GALINA GORCHAKOVA Don Carlo NIKOLAI PUTILIN Don Alvaro GEGAM GRIGORIAN Preziosilla MARIANNA TARASOVA Marchese di Calatrava GRIGORY KARASEV Padre Guardiano SERGEI ALEXASHKIN
THE KIROV CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA Conducted by VALÉRY GERGIEV Stage Directed by ELIJAH MOSHINSKY Set Design by ANDREI VOITENKO Costume Design by PETER J. HALL
Production in the original St. Petersburg version of 1862
Giuseppe Verdi’s drama of love and destiny in times of war remains one of the best–known operas by this Italian master. In the „Milan version“ of 1867 it has become an essential part of the repertoire of great opera houses, both in Europe and further afield. This DVD video recording, however, is quite distinct from the numerous other recordings available: the conductor Valery Gergiev has used the rarely–heard original 1862 version, composed for St. Petersburg, and containing wonderfully dramatic scenes and arias later deleted from the „Milan version“. And furthermore, the stage–set for this 1998 live recording in the Mariinsky Theatre recreates the original designs produced by Andreas Roller for the St. Petersburg premiere over 130 years ago.