An introduction to Don Carlo
A bitter father-son rivalry ignites in a 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 Phillip II.
Composed by: Giuseppe Verdi. The french libretto was written by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle and is based on the 1787
dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller.
First performed: in French, March 1867 at Salle Le Peletier, Paris as Don Carlos. It was later written for Italy as Don Carlo. It was first performed in Italian in June 1867 at the Royal Italian Opera House, Covent Garden, now the Royal Opera House. Verdi revised it further as a mixture of the French and Italian versions, sung in Italian. Our performance is the four act Milan version which premiered in 1884.
Elisabeth: Marina Costa-Jackson. This is Marina’s debut with Grange Park Opera. She has recently starred in Maria di Rohan (Washington Concert Opera) and as Fiordiligi with the Seattle Opera.
Princess Eboli: Ruxandra Donose. Ruxandra is returning to Grange Park Opera to sing Eboli for a second time, after her original performance in 2016.
Don Carlos: Leonardo Capalbo. Leonardo is singing his debut role as Don Carlos with Grange Park Opera.
Rodrigo: Brett Polegato. Brett has sung Onegin in Eugene Onegin and Marcello in la Bohème at Grange Park Opera.
King Philip II: Clive Bayley. Clive has sung Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Don Quichotte, King Marke in Tristan and Swallow in Grimes at Grange Park Opera.
The Grand Inquisitor: George Andguladze. This is George’s debut at Grange Park Opera. He recently sang Filippo II in Don Carlo at Tbilisi.
Voice of Heaven: Rosanna Harris. This is Rosanna’s Grange Park Opera debut. She recently sang Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Did you know? Verdi included a ballet in Don Carlo although the ballet is rarely performed. It tells the story of a famous gemstone, a pearl called La Peregrina, which belonged to the queen of Spain. More recently, La Peregrina was owned by Elizabeth Taylor, who almost lost it when her dog started chewing on it.
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