I watched the Chatelet Don Carlos again the other night, one of best dvds in my collection and certainly my favourite Verdi performance.
But as in every other performance I've seen, the ending is a total misfire, particularly disappointing here after such a gripping performance.
Charles Osborne's view (The Complete Operas of Verdi) is that the ending is a miscalculation on Verdi's (and Mery's and Du Locle's) part and producers should try force-fitting the Schiller original. I'm almost convinced, but watching it this time I could just about imagine how a clever producer with some imaginative staging could bring it off as Verdi wrote it. Difficult, because there's no doubt he does bring the opera to an abrupt close, dangerously short-changing what should have been a satisfying solution to the impasse between Philip and Carlo(s).
My question is this. Has anyone on this forum seen a satisfactorily-staged conclusion to this opera? Has there been a successful realization of the Schiller alternative?