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In the second half of the 16th century, a peace treaty between France and Spain is to be sealed by the marriage of the Princess Elizabeth of Valois, daughter of Henry II, and Don Carlo, son of Philipp II and heir of the Spanish throne.

When Don Carlos (Jonas Kaufmann) and her future spouse meet for the first time, they fall in love on sight, although they both were apprehensive over their marriage to a stranger. But their happiness does not last long, because the peace treaty arrangements have been altered: Henry II now intends to marry his daughter to King Philip himself. To ensure peace between France and Spain, Elizabeth consents, and lets Carlos devastated.

As ever in Verdi's masterpieces, Don Carlo's story takes its roots in the political and religious situation of Europe. Just like in a Racinian tragedy, the lovers' path is determined by a political situation which overwhelms them.

This dream cast gathers one of the most sought after tenors of the moment, Jonas Kaufmann, and the best Verdian singers on the operatic scene.


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


Matti Salminen, Flilppo II.
Jonas Kaufmann, Don Carlo
Anja Harteros, Elisabetta di Valois
Thomas Hampson, Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa
Ekaterina Semenchuk, La Principessa Eboli
Eric Halfvarson, Il Grande Inquisitore
Robert Lloyd, Un frate
Maria Celeng, Tebaldo
Sen Guo, Una voce dal cielo
Benjamin Bernheim, Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale
Members of the Young Singers Project, Sei deputati fiamminghi