Verdi's Don Carlos

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Houston Grand Opera presents the original five-act French-language version of Verdi's sprawling grand opera. The work is based on Friedrich Schiller's play inspired by 16th-century history, and centers upon the triangle of the title character, played by Brandon Jovanovich, his father, King Philip II of Spain (Andrea Silvestrelli); and French princess Elizabeth de Valois (Tamara Wilson).

The betrothed Carlos and Elizabeth meet and fall in love — but are devastated when, as part of a treaty, Elizabeth must marry Philip instead. It goes downhill from there — or does it?

Cast:

Don Carlos   Brandon Jovanovich
Elisabeth de Valois  Tamara Wilson
Princess Eboli   Christine Goerke
Rodrigue   Scott Hendricks
Phillipe II   Andrea Silvestrelli
The Grand Inquisitor  Samuel Ramey
Spirit of Charles V  Oren Gradus
Thibault   Lauren Snouffer
Celestial Voice  Brittany Wheeler
Comte de Lerme  Boris Dyakov
Royal Herald   Scott Quinn
Forester   Mark Diamond

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  John Caird
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Richard Bado