Don Carlo

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Verdi’s grand opera interpretation of Schiller’s play takes in the sweep of 16th-century history, political ambition and personal emotions. Read More >

Verdi’s grand opera interpretation of Schiller’s play takes in the sweep of 16th-century history, political ambition and personal emotions. King Philip II of Spain realizes that his new wife Elisabetta does not love him but instead has fallen for his libertarian son, Don Carlo. With the threatened vengeance of the spurned Princess Eboli and the conflict between the ideals of Rodrigo and the Grand Inquisitor in the battle for the King’s influence, this is a drama of power and psychology on an epic scale. This major new production uses Verdi’s Italian version of 1886, with a stunning international cast under conductor Antonio Pappano. Nicholas Hytner – known for his theatre direction with the National Theatre and for such films as The Madness of King George as well as for opera – directs, while acclaimed international stage designer Bob Crowley contributes spacious and stylized sets alongside period costumes.

Sung in Italian with English Surtitles

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 06/06/2008

Closing Night: 03/07/2008

Running time: 4h45

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Rolando Villazón, Marina Poplavskaya,Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sonia Ganassi Pumeza Matshikiza, Nikola Matišic Jacques Imbrailo, Krzysztof Szumanski, Kostas Smoriginas, Daniel Grice, Darren Jeffery, Vuyani Mlinde, Eric Halfvarson, Robert Lloyd, Anita Watson

Creative

Director - Nicholas Hytner

Designer - Bob Crowley

Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Lyrics By - Joseph Mery & Camille du Locle

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