Sofia National Opera
16 November 1960 

Don Carlo    Liubomir Bodurov
Elisabeth    Radka Konforti
Eboli    Jordanka Dimcheva
Philip    Nikolai Ghiaurov
Rodrigo    Asen Selimski
Count di Lerma    Milen Paunov
Grand Inquisitor    Pavel Manolov
Tebaldo    Vasia Radeva
Monk    Nikola Christov

Atanas Margaritov, cond. 

Act I

Act II

11:05  Dio che nell'alma infondere
15:25  Veil Song
38:40  Scene 6 - Restate!

Act III

13:50  Part 2 - Auto da fé

Act IV

09:45  Scene 2 - The Grand Inquisitor
30:50  O don fatale
38:45  Per me giunto

Act V

 


Following the first performance by the Sofia National Opera in Bulgaria in 1936 there wasn't a production again until 1958 with the Varna Opera. Since then, it has become a staple in all the opera houses of Bulgaria, thanks to the number and excellence of the native basses. The stereo recording features the young Nikolai Ghiaurov singing his first Philip in Italian while the rest of the cast is heard in Bulgarian. The confrontation between Ghiaurov's Philip and Manolov's Inquisitor is famous in Bulgaria.