Opera Don Carlos
Thursday 19 October 2017, 17H:15

Don Carlos


If there exists an opera that defies boundaries at every level, be they dramatic or dramaturgical, it is certainly Verdi’s Don Carlos, a work by an Italian composer created in French, and in which the climate of war with Spain and the melancholy of human beings draw our attention to the fate to Flanders. Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists. Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867.

Opera in five acts (1867)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Joseph Méry, Camille du Locle
After Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien

Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Stage director: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Sets and costumes: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting design: Felice Ross
Video: Denis Guéguin
Choreography: Claude Bardouil
Dramaturgy: Christian Longchamp
Chorus master: José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Philippe II, Ildar Abdrazakov

Don Carlos, Jonas Kaufmann
Rodrigue, Ludovic Tézier
Le grand inquisiteur, Dmitry Belosselskiy
Élisabeth de Valois, Sonya Yoncheva
La princesse Eboli, Elīna Garanča
Thibault, Eve-Maud Hubeaux
Députés flamands, Tiago Matos
Michal Partyka
Mikhail Timoshenko
Tomasz Kumiega
Andrei Filonczyk
Daniel Giulianini
Une voix d’en haut, Silga Tīruma
Le comte de Lerme, Julien Dran
Un héraut royal, Hyun-Jong Roh
Le moine, Krzysztof Baczyk

Presented by Alain Duault
4:40 including one 20-min interval and one 25-min interval