Don Carlos

Grand opera in 5 Acts

by Giuseppe Verdi

Text by Joseph MÉry and Camille Du Locle

Based on Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller


This was a co-production between the Welsh National Opera and Canadian Opera Company of the original 5 Act version of Don Carlos, sung in French.

The first performance of this production was by the WNO at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 17th September 2005. It then toured around the UK, playing in Edinburgh, Llandudno, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Liverpool.

It was subsequently played by the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto during October and November 2007 with a substantially different cast.

The Houston Grand Opera production opened on 13th April 2012 and played in repertoire until the 28th April.


Creative Team

Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Director John Caird
Set Designer Johan Engels
Costume Designer Carl Friedrich Oberle
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Movement Director Denni Sayers
Chorus Master Donald Nally
Assistant Conductor Anthony Negus
Music Staff Gareth Jones, David Seaman
Surtitles Simon Rees
Staff Directors Robin Tebbutt, Jean Michel Criqui
Language Coach Marianne Vidal
Stage Manager Liz Walker
Production Artwork – Johan Engels
Production Photographs Bill Cooper


Elizabeth de Valois Nuccia Focile
Thibault Elizabeth Atherton
Don Carlos Paul Charles Clarke
Comte de Lerme Luis Rodriguez
The Spirit of Charles V Matthew Rose
Rodrigue, Marquis de Posa Scott Hendricks
Philippe II Andrea Silvestrelli
Princess Eboli Guang Yang
Comtesse D’Arenberg Claire Hampton
Herald Luis Rodriguez
Flemish Deputies Matthew Hargreaves, Mark Evans, Jonathan May, Damian Thantrey, Eddie Wade, Owen Webb
Voice from Heaven Megan Llewellyn Dorke
Grand Inquisitor Daniel Sumegi
A Woodsman Jack Kelly
Elizabeth de Valois was played at two performances by Sofia Mitropoulos