Don Carlos


Don Carlos

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre May 20 – 29, 2015
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Wed 20.5.15
7:00 PM
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Sat 23.5.15
12:00 PM
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Mon 25.5.15
7:00 PM
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Wed 27.5.15
7:00 PM
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Fri 29.5.15
7:00 PM
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Elijah Moshinsky returns to Australia with his lavish production of Don Carlos, a sumptuous affair, rich in detail like a Velázquez painting.

Light gleams off dark marble monuments and the terror of the Spanish inquisition is captured in a stage beset with shadows.

Verdi's music masterfully controls the twisting and turning story. Vivid orchestral colours and affecting melodies manipulate his audience to devastating effect: we love, we hate, we turn and sympathise as each note reveals a little more of these complex, charismatic characters.

The opera is testament to Verdi's ability to create light and dark in a single moment, and to sing it, you need a huge cast of extraordinary performers. Hear the powerful bass of Giacomo Prestia singing the magnificent music of King Phillip, and Diego Torre and José Carbo deliver that rousing duet of friendship and loyalty, 'Dio che nell'alma'.

With nearly 200 performers, this will be our biggest production since The Ring Cycle.


While marriage brings peace between France and Spain, it sparks war between father and son. And as secrets are revealed, passion and politics run riot on a grand scale in the 16th-century royal court of Spain.


Conductor Andrea Licata
Director Elijah Moshinsky
Set & Costume Designer Paul Brown
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Elisabeth de Valois Victoria Yastrebova
Princess Eboli Milijana Nikolic
Don Carlos Diego Torre
Rodrigo, Count of Posa José Carbó
Philip II Giacomo Prestia
Grand Inquisitor Daniel Sumegi
Frate David Parkin
Tebaldo Anna Dowsley
Voice from Heaven Julie Lea Goodwin
Lerma Jonathan Abernethy
Herald Simon Kim
Deputy 1 Pelham Andrews
Deputy 2 Luke Gabbedy
Deputy 3 Richard Anderson
Deputy 4 Adrian Tamburini
Deputy 5 Andrew Moran
Deputy 6 Graeme Macfarlane

Orchestra Victoria

Opera Australia Chorus

Running time: approximately 4 hours & 20 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles

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