A father's power. A son's passion. A royal family destined for war.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi / Libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle
In Italian with Projected English Titles
New Co-Production with Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera
Family ties fray and unravel in Verdi's spectacle of forbidden passion, political intrigue, and shattering betrayal set at the height of the Spanish Empire. Don Carlo, the King of Spain's son, laments that Elisabeth of Valois, the woman he loves, has been forced to marry his father to forge peace with France. With everyone under the watchful eye of the Grand Inquisitor, tension and paranoia run rampant, leading the king to suspect his wife of infidelity with Carlo. What follows is a fierce struggle between father and son, allegiance and devotion, honor and the heart, with no easy answers--or easy way out.
More than 20 years have passed since WNO last staged this grand masterpiece in four acts, and now a solid-gold cast heralds its return in this stunning new production. Among the highlights: an auto-da-fé that propels the public execution of Spain's "heretics" to chilling new heights, and a shocking finale guaranteed to challenge the imagination. At once an emotional portrait of a family faced with mounting moral crises, and an epic exploration of the burden and pitfalls of power, the penetrating drama of Don Carlo will be impossible to forget.
"I'm really excited to be essaying one of the most amazing pieces of music theater there is. It's a dream come true."--Eric Owens
"My favorite part to sing is the big ensemble auto-da-fé scene. It's so beautiful--so rich and so many layers. You have the full chorus, solo moments, and you really get to see King Philip's rage come through. It's very moving."--Leah Crocetto
Elisabeth of Valois:
Melody Moore (3/16 only)
Daryl Freedman (3/16 only)
Rafael Davila (3/16 only)
Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa:
Troy Cook (3/16 only)
Philip II, King of Spain:
Peter Volpe (3/16 only)
The Grand Inquisitor:
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These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Don Carlo.
Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 8, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes:
POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.
Don Carlo Talkback Dates:
Monday, Mar. 5
Sunday, Mar. 11