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At the time of Spain’s brutal Inquisition, the king of Spain marries the woman his son loves and sets into motion a tension-filled chain of events. Don’t miss this magnificent tale of romantic triangles, political idealism and life-and-death devotion.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
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Michael Fabiano is nothing short of magnificent.
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Ana María Martínez sums up all the character's nobility and emotional conflict in a shimmery, expansive vocal line.
Mariusz Kwiecień was a vocal powerhouse, both muscular and elegant.
René Pape sang with dark, magisterial tone and made the king a commanding, intriguingly complex character.
With its intricate, masterful blend of personal passion and political intrigue, Don Carlo requires superb music direction, cogent staging and a cast with big, gorgeous voices and unflagging stamina. This production has them all.
Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts with emotional fervor and inexorable pacing with an outstanding cast that brought the opera’s arias, duets and ensembles to life with vibrant energy and theatrical verve.
Michael Fabiano brought a combination of heroic heft and ringing tenor clarity to the title role. That Act 2 duet, in which he and Mariusz Kwiecień’s Rodrigo pledge their fraternal bond, was a stirring display of vocal expressivity.
Nadia Krasteva made a splendid Company debut as Princess Eboli, singing in throaty colors and just enough wildness to suggest the character’s unpredictable nature.
Under the shadow of the Spanish Inquisition, the king of Spain marries the woman his son loves.
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June 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 29
* San Francisco Opera Debut 1 June 29
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Company Sponsors John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn are proud to support this production. This production is made possible, in part, by the Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund and Thomas and Barbara Wolfe. Major support is also provided by the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund established by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. Maestro Luisotti's appearance is made possible by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Conductors Fund. Ms. Stoyanova’s and Mr. Kwiecień’s appearances are made possible by a gift to the Great Singers Fund from Joan and David Traitel.
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