Published 8 November 2010

Don Carlos

Verdi's most magnificent opera takes on an exciting new shape in this production by Staffan Valdemar Holm and Bente Lykke Møller for the Göteborg Opera.

Review performance at the Göteborg Opera on November 16 at 2:15 pm
Première at The Göteborg Opera Saturday November 20 at 6 pm

The Göteborg Opera production of this drama of the power struggles and romantic intrigues among the 16th-century Spanish royal family will be based on Verdi's 1884 Italian version in four acts. Don Carlos was originally composed in 1867 in French as a so called ”grand opéra” in five acts with ballet performances. The opera is based on the play on the theme of freedom with the same name, created by Friedrich Von Schiller in 1787.

Former head of Dramaten (Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre) Staffan Valdemar Holm directs; his first production for the Göteborg Opera. The austere stage design reflects the style that has become the hallmark of Danish stage and costumes designer Bente Lykke Møller. Only the costumes of the soloists are in historically authentic renaissance style. The demanding principal roles are to a large part sung by Göteborg Opera singers: Tomas Lind sings Don Carlos, Anders Lorentzson sings Philip II, Annalena Persson performs the role of Elisabeth - her first Verdi role ever - and Mats Almgren sings the Grand Inquisitor. Susanne Resmark and Fredrik Zetterström will perform the roles of Eboli and Rodrigo. Review performance on Tuesday November 6 at 2:15 pm on the Main Stage. Rendezvous at the stage door at 2:10 pm. Please advise the below if you wish to attend or for any interview requests.

Première at The Göteborg Opera Saturday November 20 at 6 pm. For review tickets, please contact Anita Manskog at or on 031- 10 80 34.

The performance lasts for approximately three hours and fifteen minutes, including a break. Media images will be available on from Wednesday November 17.

Kind regards
The Göteborg Opera
Christina Bjerkander
031-10 80 35

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