Verdi’s Don Carlo
GRANGE PARK OPERA
Politics and religion are dangerously entwined in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. It is based on the 1787 dramatic poem by Friedrich Schiller and was first performed at the Paris Opéra in 1867. Verdi made extensive revisions to the opera over the following 20 years.
Don Carlo contains a host of vividly drawn characters, depicted through some of Verdi’s most complex music. The chilling Grand Inquisitor imposes his will in thunderous, dark-toned music, while the revolutionary Marquis of Posa sings a stirring duet with Don Carlos in praise of friendship and freedom. And in Eboli and Elizabeth, Verdi created two of his most sympathetic heroines.
A bitter father-son rivalry ignites in the Spanish court in the grip of the malign Inquisition when Don Carlo finds that his intended bride, Elisabetta, has been promised to his father, King Philip II. What follows is a meltdown of molten intensity.
King Philip II
The Grand Inquisitor
A Monk / Charles V
English National Opera Orchestra