Monday, 29 November 2010

Don Carlos by Verdi in Gothenburgh




Premiere November 20, 2010
For the first time in over 20 years Verdi’s magnificent opera Don Carlos will be performed in Gothenburg. Directed by Staffan Valdemar Holm.
Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901).

The grand historic opera Don Carlos is based on the freedom play of the same name, by Schiller. But Verdi put his imprint on the opera in his masterly characterisation of the different roles: the powerful but oh so lonely King Philip, his intensely pubertal son Don Carlos, freedom fighter Posa, the unhappy Queen Elisabeth and her temperamental and intriguing lady-in-waiting Eboli.

The story takes place in Spain in 1560 and centres on an unhappy love story that paralyses the Spanish Royal family. Don Carlos and Elisabeth love each other, but due to political reasons she is forced to marry his father, King Philip. The inconsolable Don Carlos is forced into a struggle for power that eventually leads to his own father condemning him to death.
For this production we have engaged former Head of Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm) Staffan Valdemar Holm. Staffan has produced a number of Verdi operas abroad and has a special love for Schiller. His constant scenography partner, and wife, Bente Lykke Møller, has created a magnificent decor and historical costumes. The famous Rumanian conductor Christian Badea returns to Gothenburg for this production. He last performed at the Gothenburg opera in our production of Turandot.
We are proud to be able to fill many of the demanding principal parts with our own singers. Tomas Lind repeats his Don Carlos from other opera houses. Anders Lorentzson portrays Philip as the lonely father and finds worthy bass resistance in Mats Almgren in his role as the Grand Inquisitor. In the role of Philip’s wife Elisabeth we present Annalena Persson, returning to us after finding great success abroad.
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