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 17th-century royal court of Spain.
|Set & Costume Designer||Paul Brown|
|Lighting Designer||Nigel Levings|
|Elisabeth de Valois||N.N.|
|Princess Eboli||Milijana Nikolic|
|Don Carlos||Diego Torre|
|Rodrigo, Count of Posa||José Carbó|
|Philip II||Giacomo Prestia|
|Grand Inquisitor||Daniel Sumegi|
|Voice from Heaven||Julie Goodwin|
|Deputy 1||Pelham Andrews|
|Deputy 2||Luke Gabbedy|
|Deputy 3||Richard Anderson|
|Deputy 4||Adrian Tamburini|
|Deputy 6||Graeme Macfarlane|
Running time: approximately 4 hours & 20 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals.
Performed in Italian with English surtitles