Verdi's Don Carlo

Peter Stein (stage director), Antonio Pappano (conductor) – With Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli)...

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Peter Stein — Stage director

Ferdinand Wögerbauer — Set designer

Annamaria Heinreich — Costumes

Joachim Barth — Lighting

Lia Tsolaki — Choreographer

Matti Salminen — Filippo II

Jonas Kaufmann — Don Carlo

Thomas Hampson — Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa

Anja Harteros — Elisabetta di Valois

Ekaterina Semenchuk — Princess Eboli

Eric Halfvarson — The Grand Inquisitor

Robert Lloyd — A monk (Carlo V)

Maria Celeng — Tebaldo

Kiandra Howarth — A Voice from Heaven

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor

Jörn Hinnerk Andresen — Chorus Master

Program notes

In 2013, the Salzburg Festival hosted a star-studded production of Verdi's Don Carlo, directed by Peter Stein, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano and headlined by Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Thomas Hampson, and Ekaterina Semenchuk!

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 Carlo, son of Philip II and heir to the Spanish throne. When Don Carlo (Jonas Kaufmann) and his future spouse Elizabeth (Anja Harteros) meet for the first time, it is love at first sight. However, their happiness is short lived, as the terms of the peace treaty are soon altered: Henry II now intends to marry his daughter to King Philip himself. To ensure peace between France and Spain, Elizabeth consents, leaving Carlo devastated.

Premiered in 1867 at the Paris Opera, Verdi's Don Carlo met with lukewarm critiques that cast it as an example of the "Wagnerization" of Verdi's style. In the bicententennial Verdi-Wagner year, the 2013 Salzburg Festival offered a benchmark production of this rich and rewarding work—whose reputation as a masterpiece is long since assured—with a cast to make any Verdi fan's dreams come true, including superstar tenor Kaufmann and other unrivaled Verdian interpreters of the day.

Picture: © Monika Rittershaus

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