Don Carlo
Giuseppe Verdi
from Sun 24.11.2019 to Sat 07.12.2019

Don Carlo

Don Carlos is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien (Don Carlos, Infante of Spain) by Friedrich Schiller. In addition, it has been noted by David Kimball that the Fontainebleau scene and auto da fé “were the most substantial of several incidents borrowed from a contemporary play on Philip II by Eugène Cormon”.The opera is most often performed in Italian translation, usually under the title Don Carlo.

Four-act version (January, 1884)

pictures © Klara Beck


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

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