Don Carlos

November 09. 2022 - November 25. 2022

Upcoming Dates

November 09. 2022 - November 25. 2022

Lyric premiere of five-act version Don Carlos

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Acknowledged by audiences and critics alike as one of the most magnificent achievements in the history of opera, Don Carlos masterfully reveals the private turmoil of very public personalities. In 16th-century Spain, King Philip II is torn apart by his own jealous suspicions that his son, crown prince Carlos, and Queen Elisabeth — Philip's young wife and Carlos's stepmother — are in love. The drama unfolds and washes over you with unforgettable intensity and thrilling musical splendor. The full stature of this epic opera will be revealed at Lyric as never before when performed in the full five acts, with the matchless eloquence of the opera's original French text. Don Carlos is a tour-de-force experience for those who love Verdi in his prime.

  • Language: Sung in French with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 3 hours 50 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Maestro Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by the following members of the Enrique Circle: Alice & John Butler, H. Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel, and Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation.

The Enrique Circle is comprised of Lyric's most dedicated supporters who are committed to championing Maestro Enrique Mazzola's exciting artistic vision and legacy.

Lyric's premiere of Verdi's Don Carlos in five acts is presented by Julie & Roger Baskes with additional support from Production Sponsors an Anonymous Donor, Alice & John Butler, H. Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel, the Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation, Josef & Margot Lakonishok, Sonia Florian, The Julius Frankel Foundation, and Bulley & Andrews.

Lyric Opera streams

We are excited to offer on-demand streams of each of our operas as a back-up alternative to any individual who has purchased a ticket and does not attend in person.

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Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Harris S. Saunders

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

Meet the artists

AXEL WEIDAUER *
REVIVAL DIRECTOR

ROBERT JONES
SET DESIGNER

JAN HARTMANN *
REVIVAL LIGHTING DESIGNER

 

* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Program book

Go inside this production of Don Carlos with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

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A production of Oper Frankfurt

Photo: Javier del Real/Teatro Real