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Opéra national de Paris: Don Carlos
August 9 & 11 & 14
Opéra national de Paris: Don Carlos(2018)
Opéra national de Paris
Recorded October 2017
Opera in 5 acts. Sung in French with English subtitles. Running Time: 4 hours 50 minutes, two intermission.

If there exists an opera that defies boundaries at every level, be they dramatic or dramaturgical, it is certainly Verdi’s Don Carlos, a work by an Italian composer created in French, and in which the climate of war with Spain and the melancholy of human beings draw our attention to the fate to Flanders.

Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists. Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867. Echoing this historic version, the Paris Opera will be scheduling the five-act version of Don Carlos in Italian in 2019.


Conductor Philippe Jordan
Director Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set Design Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting Design Felice Ross
Video Denis Guéguin
Choreography Claude Bardouil
Dramaturgy Christian Longchamp
Chorus Master José Luis Basso
Orchestra & Chorus
Orchestra & Chorus of Opéra national de Paris


Philippe II Ildar Abdrazakov
Don Carlos Jonas Kaufmann
Rodrigue Ludovic Tézier
The Grand Inquisitor Dmitry Belosselskiy
Élisabeth de Valois Sonya Yoncheva
Princess Eboli Elīna Garanča
Thibault Eve-Maud Hubeaux
Flemish envoys Tiago Matos, Michal Partyka, Mikhail Timoshenko, Tomasz Kumiega, Andrei Filonczyk, Daniel Giulianini
A voice from heaven Silga Tīruma
The count of Lerma Julien Dran
A royal herald Hyun-Jong Roh
A monk Krzysztof Baczyk

Teatro Real: Aida
October 18 & 20 & 23
Teatro Real: Aida(2018)
In Aida, the grandiose and the intimate converge as in few other operas: the bloody confrontation between Ethiopians and Egyptians is juxtaposed by the love of Radamès, Captain of the Egyptian Guard, for Aida, a slave of the Ethiopians. Their love is more powerful than the hatred between the two peoples, their social differences and incompatible perspectives. This love was as solid as the wall which blocked its consummation.
Verdi chose this story after rejecting several alternatives with comical or thematic plots to which he could have composed a grand opera. He became hugely involved with the writing of the libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, he had collaborated in the revision of La forza del destino. The success of the premiere in the opera house of Cairo, having opened two years previously, was sensational. As part of the Bicentennial celebrations, the Teatro Real pays tribute to its past by recouping part of the scenery of the 1998 production from its repository. Acclaimed at that time, the technical and material complexities have made it impossible to revive until now. Aida returns to the Teatro Real.


Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Director Hugo de Ana
Sets and costumes Hugo de Ana
Lightning Vinicio Cheli
Choreography Leda Lojodice
Chorus Master Andrés Máspero


The King Soloman Howard
Amneris Violeta Urmana
Aida LiudmylaMonastyrska
Radamès Gregory Kunde
Ramfis Roberto Tagliavini
Amonasro George Gagnidze
High Priestess Sandra Pastrana
A messenger Fabián Lara

Produced by Teatro Real, in co-production with the Opera Lyric of Chicago and the Municipal Theater of Santiago de Chile.
Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real.

Recorded March 2018
From Teatro Real, Madrid

Approximately 2h35 with two intermissions.

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on the play Camille du Locle by Auguste Mariette.

Opera in 4 acts
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.