Opéra national de Paris: Don Carlos (Live)

“Why should I be indiscreet when my silence can do him no harm, and possibly protect him? Why warn the sleeper of the storm cloud overhead?... It is enough for me to guide it away from you in silence, so that you may waken to clear skies.” - The Marquis of Posa, Don Carlos, Schiller, Act IV, Scène 6

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



  • Tickets from: £16.00 - £18.00
  • Running Time: 4hrs 50mins
  • Showing Times: Thursday 19 October at 4.45pm
  • First showing: 19/10/2017
  • Last showing: 19/10/2017
  • Language: French