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Don Carlo
About the performance

The first edition of the score was completed in 1866. Verdi wrote Don Carlo for Paris and had to obey the genre requirements of the French "grand opera". The premiere took place on the 11th of March 1867, and the first alterations were already taking place: part of the music was cut, and ballet was added in the third act. Subsequently, the composer reworked the music many times. In 1872, the premiere of the "Naples" version of the opera took place, and the last, "Modena" version appeared in 1886. The four-act "Milan" version, which was released in 1884, is performed more often than the others.

Don Carlo refers to the mature period of Verdi's work and marks the transition from the violent bubbling up of emotions in La Traviata, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore to the deep psychologism of his later works. The libretto is based on the drama of the same name by Friedrich Schiller, whose work Verdi has repeatedly addressed before (Giovanna d'Arco, I masnadieri, Luisa Miller). The work of Schiller, like that of Hugo and Shakespeare, was one of the examples of dramatic mastery to Verdi, and he fully realized his aspirations in Don Carlo.

Premiered on December 17, 2013.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by François-Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle

Original Italian translation by Achille De Lauzières, revised by Angelo Zanardini

‘Milan’ version 1884 

Make up Artist
Campbell Young
Assistant to Director
Elsa Rooke
Assistant to Costume Designer
Elaine Garlick

In Honor of Giuseppe Verdi Bicentennial

Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 30 minutes
Language:
Italian
The score has been made available by RICORDI
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Nikolai Kazansky as Monk.

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Oleg Dolgov as Don Carlo. Vasily Ladyuk as Rodrigo.

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Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo.

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Dimitri Pittas as Don Carlo. Igor Golovatenko as Rodrigo.

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A scene from the performance.

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Albina Latipova as Thibault. Ekaterina Gubanova as Princess Eboli.

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Anna Khrapko as Thibault. Nadia Krasteva as Princess Eboli.

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Dinara Alieva as Elisabeth.

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Ruslana Koval as Thibault. Ekaterina Gubanova as Princess Eboli.

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Hibla Gerzmava as Elisabeth.

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Anna Nechaeva as Elisabeth. Igor Golovatenko as Rodrigo.

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Anna Netrebko as Elisabeth.

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Maria Gulegina as Princess Eboli. Vladislav Sulimsky as Rodrigo.

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Anna Nechaeva as Elisabeth. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Don Carlo.

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Anna Netrebko as Elisabeth. Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo.

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Andrea Caré as Don Carlo. Veronika Dzhioeva as Elisabeth.

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Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II.

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Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II. Placido Domingo as Rodrigo.

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Rafał Siwek as Philip II. Elchin Azizov as Rodrigo.

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A scene from the performance.

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Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo. Agunda Kulaeva as Princess Eboli.

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Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo. Ekaterina Gubanova as Princess Eboli.

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Oleg Dolgov as Don Carlo. Agunda Kulaeva as Princess Eboli.

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Nadia Krasteva as Princess Eboli.

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A scene from the performance.

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Marat Gali as the Count of Lerma. Anna Nechaeva as Elisabeth. Igor Golovatenko as Rodrigo.

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Anna Netrebko as Elisabeth. Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II.

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Dimitri Pittas as Don Carlo. Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II.

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Dinara Alieva as Elisabeth.

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Dmitry Beloselsky as Philip II.

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Vyacheslav Pochapsky as the Grand Inquisitor. Dmitry Ulyanov as Philip II.

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Rafał Siwek as Philip II. Pyotr Migunov as the Grand Inquisitor.

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Pyotr Migunov as the Grand Inquisitor. Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II.

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Anna Netrebko as Elisabeth. Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II.

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Ildar Abdrazakov as Philip II. Hibla Gerzmava as Elisabeth.

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Dmitry Beloselsky as Philip II. Igor Golovatenko as Rodrigo. Veronika Dzhioeva as Elisabeth. Maria Gulegina as Princess Eboli.

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Anna Netrebko as Elisabeth. Agunda Kulaeva as Princess Eboli.

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Elchin Azizov as Rodrigo. Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo.

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Oleg Dolgov as Don Carlo. Anna Nechaeva as Elisabeth.

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Anna Netrebko as Elisabeth. Yusif Eyvazov as Don Carlo.

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Don Carlo. Anna Nechaeva as Elisabeth.

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Nikolai Kazansky as Monk. Nazjmiddin Mavlyanov as Don Carlo.

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Cast
16 October
2022

Sunday, 14:00

15 October
2022

Saturday, 19:00

14 October
2022

Friday, 19:00

13 October
2022

Thursday, 19:00

12 October
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

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Synopsis

In 1556, the Emperor Charles V abdicated, celebrated his own funeral and retired to the monastery of San Jeronimo at Yuste. His son Philip II is now on the throne of Spain. To seal the peace between France and Spain after a long war, Philip marries Elisabeth of Valois, the daughter of Henry II, the French King, who has long been betrothed to his son Don Carlo.

Act I

Scene 1

The cloister of the Yuste monastery

A Monk prays before the gates of the tomb of Charles V. Carlo starts at the sound of the voice — is this his grandfather, the Emperor?

Carlo’s friend Rodrigo, the Marquis of Posa, joins him, and advises him to conquer his sorrow caused by losing his bride by a noble enterprise — that of freeing Flanders. The two vow to live and die together.

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