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Don Carlo

Opera in five acts
Libretto by Joseph Méry & Camille du Locle after Friedrich Schiller & Eugène Cormon
1st performance,  5 act edition, 26 December 1886, Teatro Municipale, Modena
1st prformance of this production September 30 2007

Sung in Italian with German & English surtitles
Introductory talks, in German, in the Holzfoyer half an hour before performances begin

Don Carlo, the Spanish King Philipp II's heir, falls in love with Princess Elisabeth von Valois, to whom he is betrothed, in 16th century France. Their happiness is short lived because his father, for strategical reasons, decides to marry Elisabeth himself. During the Spanish Inquisition it was the Grand Inquisitor who spread fear and terror, the silent ruler of the King, whose complete subjugation he demanded. Enlightened ideas come to nothing, if sheep-like figures are moved about on a huge chess board. Verdi set Schiller's play to music for the Paris Opera so had to keep to the format of grand opéra. Dark sounds and glowing melodies combine to portray the beauty and splendour of the Spanish King's palace, Carlo's passionate love for Elisabeth and heartfelt friendship with Rodrigo. David McVicar's production, with Brigitte Reiffenstuhl's magnificent costumes and Robert Jones' impressive set, was an enormous success.

Sunday5th January 2020Start3:30 pmVenueOpera House

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Conductor Stefan Soltesz
Director David McVicar
Revival rehearsed by Benjamin Cortez
Set Designer Robert Jones
Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Choreographical Assistance Andrew George
Lighting Designer Joachim Klein
Chorus Master Tilman Michael
Dramaturge Malte Krasting

Don Carlo Alfred Kim
Elisabeth de Valois Olesya Golovneva
Philipp II Simon Lim
Princess Eboli Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa Bogdan Baciu
Count of Lerma Matthew SwensenMichael Petruccelli *
Tebaldo Bianca Andrew *, Nina Tarandek
Grand Inquisitor Magnús BaldvinssonAnthony Robin Schneider
A Monk Anthony Robin SchneiderBrandon Cedel
Voice from on High Florina Ilie *

Opera Frankfurt’s Chorus
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

* Member of the Opera Studio

Earlier Event: November 3
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Later Event: January 21
Lieder in the Holzfoyer