Don Carlos is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien (Don Carlos, Infante of Spain) by Friedrich Schiller. In addition, it has been noted by David Kimball that the Fontainebleau scene and auto da fé "were the most substantial of several incidents borrowed from a contemporary play on Philip II by Eugène Cormon". The opera is most often performed in Italian translation, usually under the title Don Carlo.
The opera's story is based on conflicts in the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545–1568). Though he was betrothed to Elisabeth of Valois, part of the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551–59 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois demanded that she be married instead to his father Philip II of Spain. It was commissioned and produced by the Théâtre Impérial de l'Opéra (Paris Opera) and given its premiere at the Salle Le Peletier on 11 March 1867.
Performances & Interviews
- Verdi's Don Carlohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055sgvx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055sgvx.jpgFrom the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a performance of Verdi's historical drama Don Carlo, starring tenor Brayn Hymel. Presented by James Naughtie.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b08v8lzh
Verdi's Don CarloFrom the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a performance of Verdi's historical drama Don Carlo, starring tenor Brayn Hymel. Presented by James Naughtie.
- Verdi: Don Carlos - Opera Guidehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01txxb3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01txxb3.jpg2014-03-13T17:21:00.000ZA guide to Verdi's Don Carlos featuring the voices opera historians and Verdi experts.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01txxcg
Verdi: Don Carlos - Opera GuideA guide to Verdi's Don Carlos featuring the voices opera historians and Verdi experts.