Grand Inquisitor

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(Verdi: Don Carlos). Bass. An old man (aged about 90), blind and sometimes needing to be supported, he nevertheless has a strong personality. The King consults him on how to treat his son, who sympathizes with the heretics in Flanders. The Inquisitor points out that God gave his son in order to save the world, so it would not be wrong for Philip to sacrifice his son for the sake of his country. The Inquisitor tries to denounce the Marquis of Posa, but the King will not listen to this. At his grandfather's tomb, Carlos bids farewell to Elisabeth before leaving for Flanders. Philip demands that the Grand Inquisitor seize his son and punish him. As the Inquisitor reaches out, Carlos is pulled into the safety of the cloisters by his dead grandfather reaching from the tomb. Aria: Dans ce beau pays (‘In this beautiful country’). Created (1867) by Mons. David; (1884) by Francesco Navarini.

Subjects: Opera.

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