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Verdi's Don Carlo

Luc Bondy (stage director), Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor) – With Roberto Alagna (Don Carlos), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo)...

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Cast

Luc Bondy — Stage director

Gilles Aillaud — Set designer

Moidele Bickel — Costume designer

Vinicio Cheli — Lighting designer

Lucinda Childs — Choreographer

Roberto Alagna — Don Carlos, Infante of Spain

Thomas Hampson — Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa

Karita Mattila — Elisabeth de Valois

José van Dam — Philip II, King of Spain

Waltraud Meier — Princess Eboli

Eric Halfvarson — Grand Inquisitor

Csaba Airizer — A Monk / Carlos V

Anat Efraty — Thibault, page to Elisabeth

Donna Brown — Voice from Heaven

Scot Weir — The Count of Lerma/A Royal Herald

Chœur du Théâtre du Châtelet

Program notes

Intricate and beautiful musical storytelling are at the core of Don Carlos, Verdi’s operatic interpretation of the doomed love story of Elisabeth de Valois and Don Carlos, Infante of Spain. Luc Bondy’s 1996 French-language production featured a cast of true all-stars, with Roberto Alagna (Don Carlos), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigue), Karita Mattila (Elisabeth de Valois), and Sir Antonio Pappano at the head of the Orchestre de Paris.

Based on Friedrich Schiller’s eponymous play, Verdi’s opera Don Carlos was inspired by real historical events of the mid-16th century: as part of a peace treaty between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois, Elisabeth of Valois was required to marry King Philip II of Spain, abruptly cancelling her previous betrothal to Philip’s son, Carlos. Originally composed on a French libretto and premiered in Paris' Salle Le Peletier in 1867, the opera would see success only in a shortened version translated into Italian and premiered in London later that same year. This 1996 production at the Théâtre du Châtelet represented one of the recent revivals of the opera in the original French, and was celebrated for its exemplary cast and elegant staging.

 

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