DON CARLO

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - Start: 8:00 PM

Opera in five acts by Giuseppe Verdi (Salzburg Festival 2013, Großes Festspielhaus – in Italian). A co-production of UNITEL, NHK, ORF and ZDF/ARTE

"It is a long opera; that is true. But it must be so", Verdi justified the dimensions of his Don Carlo in 1871. Still, the constraints of theatrical practice later forced him to streamline the opera. For the 2013 Salzburg Festival, Peter Stein and Antonio Pappano reconstructed the original version of the opera – albeit in Italian and without the ballet. However, those passages cut shortly before the world premiere in 1867 were performed here, for example, the prelude featuring the chorus of woodcutters and their families. Keeping the Fontainebleau act makes the further action and the psychological development of Elisabetta di Valois and Don Carlo far more comprehensible. In the forest of Fontainebleau, where the French king´s daughter waits for the Spanish prince promised to her in marriage, the two of them experience their only moment of happiness. Following the peace treaty between Spain and France, it is over: now, Elisabetta is to marry not Carlo, but the Spanish King Filippo. She agrees, for reasons of state – and Carlo´s bride thus becomes his mother: a traumatic experience. From this point on, we are dealing with spiritually wounded characters.

Cast

Conductor: Antonio Pappano | Director: Peter Stein | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 240 Minutes | Featuring: Matti Salminen (Filippo II.), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore)