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Lyon's World-class Don Carlos: The King Is Eclipsed by the Next Gen
Verdi’s grandest opera can seldom have been staged more completely than in this new Lyon Opera production, seen at its opening performance on March 17. Musically it was a world-class evening, and further evidence that the company’s Principal Conductor Daniele Rustioni is on a rapid rise to prominence. As well as assured musical judgment, he has energy to spare. Still in his early 30s, the night before  Don Carlos  in his mini-Verdi festival the tireless maestro had conducted  Macbeth; the following day he tackled  Attila.
Rustioni’s orchestra matched him all the way in a powerfully sustained account of the opera’s Paris version that ran for five hours with only one interval. The reading had sweep, authority, and swagger, its momentum only checked between scenes by the inordinate number of breaks for resetting that Christophe Honoré’s intermittently powerful staging demands.