Don Carlo - Teatro La Fenice


Don Carlo

Giuseppe Verdi
La Fenice Opera House
La Fenice Opera House

Don Carlo

Don Carlo is one of the most enigmatic, yet compelling operas Verdi ever composed. The (largely ctional) story takes place in mid-1500s Spain and is loosely based on historical characters after Schiller’s play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien. The complex plot weaves together a number of personal, political, religious and moral conflicts, wrapping them up in a climactic ending which conveys a thrill of the supernatural. There are four versions of Don Carlo, all personally revised by Verdi. The first is a five-act grand opéra in French (Paris 1867); the second, a five-act Italian version (Naples 1872), was shortened to four acts for Milan in 1884. The present production at La Fenice, where the opera premiered in 1869, follows the 1884 version.


Conductor Myung-Whun Chung
Director Robert Carsen
Director’s Assistant and Choreography Marco Berriel
Sests Radu Boruzescu
Sets Assistant Serena Rocco
Costumes Petra Reinhardt
Lighting Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet


Filippo II Alex Esposito
Don Carlo Piero Pretti
Rodrigue (Rodrigo), Marquis of Posa Julian Kim

The Grand Inquisitor  Marco Spotti

A monk Leonard Bernad
Elisabeth of Valois Maria Agresta

Princess Eboli Veronica Simeoni

Thibault (Tebaldo), page to Elisabeth Barbara Massaro

The Count of Lerma Luca Casalin

Royal Herald Matteo Roma

A Voice from Heaven Gilda Fiume


Flemish deputies

Szymon Chojnaki, William Corrò, Matteo Ferrara, Armando Gabba, Claudio Levantino, Andrea Patucelli

La Fenice Orchestra & Choir

Chorus Master Claudio Marino Moretti



Opéra National du Rhin and Aalto-Musiktheater Essen production

The performance lasts about 3 hours 25 minutes, including one interval

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