Don Carlo

Don Carlo - opera archive



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.

This is a revival of our acclaimed 2016 production; the combination of spectacular sets and costumes and Verdi’s swirling and dark music makes for a powerful evening.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto: French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle

First performed: 11 March 1867 at Salle Le Peletier (Paris Opéra)

Sung in Italian with surtitles

With the orchestra of English National Opera


Conductor: Gianluca Marciano
Director: Jo Davies
Set Designer: Leslie Travers
Costume Designer: Gabrielle Dalton
Lighting Design: Anna Watson
Movement Director: Lynne Hockney



Elisabeth: Marina Costa-Jackson
Princess Eboli: Ruxandra Donose
Don Carlos: Leonardo Capalbo
Rodrigo: Brett Polegato
King Philip II: Clive Bayley
The Grand Inquisitor: Branislav Jatic
A Monk / Charles V: David Shipley
Voice of Heaven: Rosanna Harris

We headed behind the scenes with the cast of Don Carlo


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