First VO production in 40 years!
A magnificent drama of a king’s brutal power and a son’s brash rebellion

In Italian with English SURTITLES™

May 3, 8, 10, 11 (matinée), 2014
Evening performances 7:30pm.
Matinée performances 2:00pm.

OPENS May 3, 2014!

►In the war-torn 16th century, peace between France and Spain is secured when a French princess, Elisabeth de Valois, is given in marriage to Spain’s King Philip. The King’s son, Carlo, is shattered, for he is in love with her. When Carlo dares to defend the Flemish people from Philip’s persecution, he incites both his father’s fury and the awesome authority of the Grand Inquisitor. Believing that he has been doubly betrayed, Philip arrests Carlo and Elisabeth. In the dramatic final scene at the tomb of Charles V, a ghostly friar rescues Carlo from the wrath of Church and State.

Spectacular on a grand scale and also extraordinarily intimate, Don Carlo is one of Verdi’s most impressive works. His orchestral colours are brilliant, his choruses are powerful, and his music for the monstrous yet very human king, the terrifying Inquisitor, and the heroic lovers is magnificent.

This production will be the Milan version: 4 acts without the Fontainebleau scene

► All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
► Approximate running time: 3 hours 5 minutes (including one intermission)