Opéra national de Paris: Don Carlos () Release Date: August 9th, 2018
Runtime: 4 hr. 50 min.
Director: Krzysztof Warlikowski
Genres: Program
Starring: Ildar Abdrazakov, Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier, Dmitry Belosselskiy
Opéra national de Paris
Recorded October 2017
Opera in 5 acts. Sung in French with English subtitles. Running Time: 4 hours 50 minutes, two intermission.

If there exists an opera that defies boundaries at every level, be they dramatic or dramaturgical, it is certainly Verdi’s Don Carlos, a work by an Italian composer created in French, and in which the climate of war with Spain and the melancholy of human beings draw our attention to the fate to Flanders.

Politics, religion, history and psychoanalysis are all entwined here, increasingly exacerbating the fears and taboos between the protagonists. Krzysztof Warlikowski strips down a tragedy haunted by ghosts, and places the intimate at the heart of an imaginary fresco truer than history itself. Along with Philippe Jordan, he reveals to the public the very first version of this great five-act opera: the version modified by Verdi himself for the work’s first performance in 1867. Echoing this historic version, the Paris Opera will be scheduling the five-act version of Don Carlos in Italian in 2019.


Conductor Philippe Jordan
Director Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set Design Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting Design Felice Ross
Video Denis Guéguin
Choreography Claude Bardouil
Dramaturgy Christian Longchamp
Chorus Master José Luis Basso
Orchestra & Chorus
Orchestra & Chorus of Opéra national de Paris


Philippe II Ildar Abdrazakov
Don Carlos Jonas Kaufmann
Rodrigue Ludovic Tézier
The Grand Inquisitor Dmitry Belosselskiy
Élisabeth de Valois Sonya Yoncheva
Princess Eboli Elīna Garanča
Thibault Eve-Maud Hubeaux
Flemish envoys Tiago Matos, Michal Partyka, Mikhail Timoshenko, Tomasz Kumiega, Andrei Filonczyk, Daniel Giulianini
A voice from heaven Silga Tīruma
The count of Lerma Julien Dran
A royal herald Hyun-Jong Roh
A monk Krzysztof Baczyk
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