MIDDLEBURY - For the first time in more than 30 years, the Metropolitan has unveiled a new production of Verdi's Don Carlo, starring Roberto Alagna in the title role. It will be seen across the world and at Middlebury's Town Hall Town Hall Theater as part of the Met's "Live in HD" series.
Rarely seen for decades due to its epic proportions, Don Carlo is now considered one of Verdi's finest achievements. Set during the Spanish Inquisition, it tells the personal story of two love triangles set against a public backdrop of war, persecution and destruction.
Verdi tinkered with this sprawling work during his lifetime, resulting in two distinctly different versions - a four-act version and a five-act version, the later sung in French or Italian. The Met is staging the grand five-act version, a gamble that has paid handsome dividends. The production has received rave reviews
Don Carlo will be broadcast at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater on Sunday, December 19 at 1 pm. Tickets are $22, and may be purchased at www.townhalltheater.org, 802 382-9222, at the THT Box Office (Mon-Sat, noon-5 pm) and at the door, if available.