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FRA Cinéma season opens on 19 October with Don Carlos

Author: François Roussillon et Associés

The highlight of the Paris Opera's season includes an all-star cast: Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva, Elīna Garanča, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ludovic Tézier.

  • FRA Cinéma season opens on 19 October with Don Carlos | Copyright: © Ben Zank, snowy-rift from When Words Fail, 2013

    © Ben Zank, snowy-rift from When Words Fail, 2013

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.

Original title Don Carlos
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor Philippe Jordan
Director Krzysztof Warlikowski
Recording location Opéra national de Paris-Opéra Bastille
Distribution theatrical FRA Cinéma

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