Verdi's Don Carlo

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The first of WQXR's series of special Saturday broadcasts from the Royal Opera House in London features Verdi’s dramatic tale of love, ambition and intrigue set in 16th-century Spain.

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann plays Don Carlos, who falls in love with Elizabeth, daughter of Henry II of France (soprano Anja Harteros). But his father, King Philip II of Spain (bass Ferruccio Furlanetto), intends to marry her himself to secure a peace treaty. Can Don Carlos give up his love for the good of the state?

Nicholas Hytner directs this co-production with Norwegian National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Cast:

Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass, Philippe II (Philip II), King of Spain
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor, Don Carlos (Don Carlo), Infante of Spain
Mariusz Kwiecien, baritone, Rodrigue (Rodrigo), Marquis of Posa
Eric Halfvarson, bass, The Grand Inquisitor
Anja Harteros, soprano, Elisabeth de Valois
Béatrice Uria-Monzon, mezzo-soprano, Princess Eboli, an aristocrat in court
Théo Ghil, bass, Priest Inquisitor
Dusica Bijelic, soprano, Thibault (Tebaldo), page to Elisabeth
Susana Gaspar, soprano, A Voice from Heaven
Pablo Bemsch, tenor, Count of Lerma
Elizabeth Woods, Countess of Aremberg
Robert Lloyd, Carlos V

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Antonio Pappano