Everyone expects the Spanish Inquisition in Verdi’s Don Carlo, a work hailed as Verdi’s greatest opera. All the classic operatic elements are there in plus sizes: love, betrayal, intrigue and the most dysfunctional royal family this side of the Pyrenees.
Don Carlo’s arranged marriage to Elisabetta de Valois was thwarted by his father, King Phillip II, who married her himself. Carlo had the bad luck to fall in love with his intended (and she with him), and in despair, he allies himself with the oppressed people of Flanders.
The music is both intimate and spectacular: dramatic arias, soaring duets and pageantry on a grand scale.
Former CCM Opera Chair Sandra Bernhard directs a world-class cast featuring Angela Brown as Elisabetta, Frank Porretta as Carlo, Michelle DeYoung as Princess Eboli, Marco Caria as Posa, Morris Robinson as the frightening Grand Inquisitor and veteran James Morris as King Phillip. Richard Buckley conducts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Music Hall.
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