Iberian Steps

Operatic revisions. On Verdi’s Don Carlos.
Boston Globe, July 22, 2007.

I realized it in time to fix it online, but I made a goof in the print version, where I inadvertently imply that the scene of Carlos’s trial appears in all the revisions; of course, it was eliminated in the 1884 and 1886 versions. (This may have been a Freudian slip on my part—the inclusion of the trial is, perhaps, the only aspect in which I prefer the original, as it frames the ending so it’s less did-you-get-the-number-of-that-truck abrupt.)

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