Hugo De Hana’s gorgeous production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” [ 2013 Turin Royal Theatre’s revival]
Don Carlo is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller. The opera unfaithfully retells real events from the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545–1568). Though he was betrothed to Elisabeth of Valois, a clause in the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551–1559 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois demanded that she be married instead to his father Philip II of Spain.
Carlos Castenada, thru his mentor, Yaqui Indian, don Juan Matus (a pseudonym to protect his privacy), introduced us to the non-ordinary realities personified in Mescalito, the spirit of peyote. Castaneda stated that don Juan Matus was a Indian nagual, a leader of a party of sorcerers.and the last in a line going back to the times of the Toltecs.
Nunez adds sex appeal to her insouciant control, sending the dithery Don into a trance of desire. She is different again in Act III, at ease once more in Acosta’s arms when she’s not flicking her fan and showing off the precision of her feet in solo variations during the wedding celebrations.
08.10.2017 // Thesis corrections ! Almost done with section 2/7 (but the first two sections are the biggest…I hope!) And too lazy/busy to actually put my records back in their sleeves so they are hanging out with me in bed. Of course, I’m listening to Don Carlo at the moment!