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Don Carlo

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Thu 10.06.2021 - 19:00 h
D-Prices: € 136,– / € 100,– / € 72,– / € 44,– / € 26,–

Informationen zum Werk

Opera in four acts
Libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the tragedy by Friedrich Schiller
First performance of the Italian version by Achille de Lauzières on 10. January, 1884 at Milan
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 23. October, 2011

As you can see from the print version of the season brochure, Plácido Domingo's engagement as the Marquis of Posa in the DON CARLO performances was planned for June 2021. We will announce the new casting as soon as possible. In addition to the press conference that was held on March 10, 2020, Deutsche Oper Berlin would like to clarify that the cancellation of Plácido Domingo's performances planned for June 2021 was by mutual agreement.

In Italian language with German and English surtitles

3 hrs 30 mins / 1 interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance



Donald Runnicles

Stage Director, Stage Design, Lighting

Marco Arturo Marelli

Costume Design

Dagmar Niefind

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

King Philip of Spain

Ildar Abdrazakov

Don Carlo

Yosep Kang

Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa

N. N.

Count of Lerma / Herold

Andrei Danilov


Patrick Guetti

Elisabeth of Valois

Dinara Alieva

Princess of Eboli

Anita Rachvelishvili

The page Thibaut

Meechot Marrero

About the performance

It is common knowledge that Giuseppe Verdi, by nature a critical man, not only found much to disapprove of in the trends of his day but also subjected his own work to a continuous process of editing and revision.

None of his operas did he alter, abridge, rearrange or rewrite more intensely than his grimmest work of all – DON CARLO -, whose web of political, religious and social constraints is most reminiscent of the inescapability of destiny associated with Greek drama.

Verdi began writing the opera in 1865, and twenty years were to pass before the premiere in Milan of the four-act version that we are most familiar with today. The composer not only wrestled with the two languages of the piece, each with its distinctive form of expression. He was also at pains to achieve the best possible result by repeatedly cutting, reducing and rearranging. The opera, extensive sections of which are faithful to Schiller’s play, went through no less than seven versions.

In none of the opera’s characters does the light of reason sparkle. Prisoners of their situations, prisoners of their own reins of control and of their own making, above all prisoners of a deadly, ever-looming spiritual power greater even than secular hegemony… Verdi captures the essential helplessness of human beings entangled in this network of terror: at best, death brings release.

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