Don Carlos – Verdi

Antonio Pappano, Nicholas Hytner – Rolando Villazón (Don Carlos), Robert Lloyd (Carlos V), Simon Keenlyside (Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa) – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Internationally celebrated Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón in his break-out role as Don Carlos at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

In the second half of the 16th century, a peace treaty between France and Spain is to be sealed by the marriage of the Princess Elizabeth of Valois, daughter of Henry II, and Don Carlos, son of Philipp II and heir of the Spanish throne. When Don Carlos (Rolando Villazón) and his future wife meet for the first time, they immediately fall in love, despite fears over being married to a stranger. Unfortunately, their happiness is short-lived—the treaty is renegotiated, and Henry II now intends to marry his daughter to King Philip II himself. To ensure peace between France and Spain, Elizabeth consents, leaving Carlos devastated.

As ever in Verdi's masterpieces, Don Carlo's story has its roots in the political and religious history of Europe. Like in a Racinian tragedy, the lovers' paths are determined by a political reality far more powerful than themselves.

© Picture: Catherine Ashmore

Antonio Pappano music director
Nicholas Hytner stage director
Bob Crowley set designer
Mark Henderson lighting


Rolando Villazón (Don Carlos)
Marina Poplavskaya (Elizabeth of Valois)
Simon Keenlyside (Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa)
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Philip II)
Sonia Ganassi (Princess Eboli)
Pumeza Matshikiza (Tebaldo)
Nikola Matišić (Count of Lerma)
Jacques Imbrailo (Flemish deputy)
Krzysztof Szumanski (Flemish deputy)
Kostas Smoriginas (Flemish deputy)
Daniel Grice (Flemish deputy)
Darren Jeffery (Flemish deputy)
Vuyani Mlinde (Flemish deputy)
Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor)
Robert Lloyd (Carlos V)
Anita Watson (Voice from Heaven)
Alexander D'Andrea (Priest inquisitor)


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Royal Opera Chorus
Renato Balsadonna chorus master

Duration : 03 h 29 min
Location : Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, Great Britain)
Production date : 2008
Production : © Opus Arte
Available version(s) : IT ST EN, IT ST FR



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