Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

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Join us Saturday at 12 pm for the return of Nicholas Hytner's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo, this time featuring Brazilian tenor Ricardo Tamura singing the title role. Tamura replaces Yonghoon Lee, who is ill. Tamura was scheduled to sing the role of Don Carlo this coming Wednesday. This is his second role at the Met and his broadcast debut.

Verdi's five-act opera is set in the mid-1500s, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition. It tells the story of Carlo, heir to the throne, whose beloved Elisabeth (Barbara Frittoli), the daughter of King Henry II, marries Carlos father, King Phillip II (Ferruccio Furlanetto), in order to help cement a peace treaty between France and Spain.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducts this production, which debuted in 2010.

Last month, Lee was a last-minute substitution for tenor Jonas Kaufmann in a Saturday matinee broadcast of Bizet's Carmen.


Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Elisabeth de Valois: Barbara Frittoli
Eboli: Ekaterina Gubanova
Don Carlo: Ricardo Tamura
Rodrigo: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Philip II: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Grand Inquisitor: James Morris