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. Leading the cast of seventeen principal singers is Ferruccio Furlanetto, the most famous Philip II of our time, who recently sang the role in New York, London, and Vienna.
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.
|Revival Director||Roger Press|
|Set & Costume Designer||Paul Brown|
|Lighting Designer||Nigel Levings|
|Elisabeth de Valois||Latonia Moore|
|Princess Eboli||Milijana Nikolic|
|Don Carlos||Diego Torre|
|Rodrigo, Count of Posa||José Carbó|
|Philip II||Ferruccio Furlanetto|
|Grand Inquisitor||Daniel Sumegi|
|Voice from Heaven||Julie Lea Goodwin|
|Deputy 1||Pelham Andrews|
|Deputy 2||Luke Gabbedy|
|Deputy 3||Richard Anderson|
|Deputy 4||Adrian Tamburini|
|Deputy 5||Andrew Moran|
|Deputy 6||Shane Lowrencev|
Running time: approximately 4 hours & 20 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals.
Performed in Italian with English surtitles.