Don Carlo

Sunday, September 7
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3hr 54mins // directed by:Peter Stein // featuring:Jonas Kaufmann, sung in Italian

From the Salzburg Festival. With its epic scale, Don Carlo lacks the dramatic concision of Verdi’s later works, while maintaining a unique structure that builds over its five acts, with the monumental auto-da-fé at the center.

A stellar cast ­ including Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, and Thomas Hampston and the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Antonio Pappano make this drama of love and freedom into a triumph acclaimed by ecstatic applause. Working with the original version of the opera - albeit in Italian and minus the ballet, this Don Carlo interweaves the political and the personal in a complex and riveting drama. Based upon Schiller’s “dramatic poem”, Verdi’s opera explores the psychologically tense relationship between Don Carlo and his father, King FiIippo II.

Against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, the corrupted power of church and state is exposed after Don Carlo fatefully falls in love with his father's bride. Through their impossible love, Verdi explores the subtlest psychological ramifications, portraying a path whose ultimate end is a flight into the metaphysical. In no other opera did Verdi explore such a rich variety of human relationships. 

“Great stage and great drama, great gowns and grand gestures, great sound and great voices” – this was the apt summing­up by the Wiener Zeitung of Peter Stein’s Don Carlo at the Salzburg Festival.


Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Peter Stein
Sets Ferdinand: Wögerbauer
Costumes: Annamaria Heinreich
Lighting: Joachim Barth
Choreography: Lia Tsolaki 
Chorus Master: Jörn Hinnerk Andresen


Filippo II: Matti Salminen
Don Carlo: Jonas Kaufmann
Elisabetta di Valois: Anja Harteros
Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa: Thomas Hampson
La Principessa Eboli: Ekaterina Semenchuk
Il Grande Inquisitore: Eric Halfvarson

Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus 
Vienna Philharmonic