Herbert von Karajan conducts Verdi's Don Carlos

Günther Schneider-Siemssen (set designer), Herbert von Karajan (conductor) – With Ferruccio Furlanetto, Fiamma Izzo d'Amico, José Carreras...

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Günther Schneider-Siemssen — Set designer

Georges Wakhévitch — Costumes

Ferruccio Furlanetto — Philipp II, King of Spain

Fiamma Izzo d'Amico — Elizabeth of Valois

José Carreras — Don Carlos, Infante of Spain

Agnes Baltsa — The Princess Eboli

Piero Cappuccilli — Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa

Matti Salminen — The Grand Inquisitor

Franco de Grandis — A Monk (Emperor Charles V)

Antonella Bandelli — Tybalt and Voice from on High

Horst Nitsche — The Count of Lerma

Katharina Schuchter — Countess Aremberg

Volker Horn — A Royal Herald

Chor der Nationaloper Sofia

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor

Salzburger Konzertchor

Program notes

Considered one of Verdi’s most challenging works, Don Carlos gets the royal treatment in this production at the Salzburg Festival directed by Herbert von Karajan. Verdi's opera demands soloists of incredible technical ability who are also capable of communicating their character’s struggles with exceptional expressiveness. Inspired by Schiller’s eponymous historical tragedy, Don Carlos explores the conflicts between 16th-century European society and the heavy-handed political influence of the Catholic Church, as well as the roles of liberty and religion in the life of modern man.

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