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Don Carlo

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Bismarckstraße 35
10627 Berlin
 
 
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Don Carlo - Opera in four acts;
Libretto by Joesph Méry and Camille Du Locle, based on the tragedy by Friedrich Schiller;
First performance of the Italian version by Achille de Lauzières on 10. January, 1884 at Milan;
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 23. October, 2011
Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
In Italian language with German and English surtitles

It is common knowledge that Giuseppe Verdi, by nature a critical man, not only found much to disapprove of in the trends of his day but also subjected his own work to a continuous process of editing and revision.

None of his operas did he alter, abridge, rearrange or rewrite more intensely than his grimmest work of all – DON CARLO -, whose web of political, religious and social constraints is most reminiscent of the inescapability of destiny associated with Greek drama.

Verdi began writing the opera in 1865, and twenty years were to pass before the premiere in Milan of the four-act version that we are most familiar with today. The composer not only wrestled with the two languages of the piece, each with its distinctive form of expression. He was also at pains to achieve the best possible result by repeatedly cutting, reducing and rearranging. The opera, extensive sections of which are faithful to Schiller’s play, went through no less than seven versions.

In none of the opera’s characters does the light of reason sparkle. Prisoners of their situations, prisoners of their own reins of control and of their own making, above all prisoners of a deadly, ever-looming spiritual power greater even than secular hegemony… Verdi captures the essential helplessness of human beings entangled in this network of terror: at best, death brings release.

 
Program details
 

Conductor: Donald Runnicles 
Ido Arad (27.05.2018)
Stage Director, Stage Design, Lighting: Marco Arturo Marelli 
Costume Design: Dagmar Niefind 
Chorus Master: Jeremy Bines 


King Philip of Spain: Ildebrando D'Arcangelo 
Don Carlo: Yosep Kang 
Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa: Etienne Dupuis 
Count of Lerma / HeroldN. N. 
Inquisitor: Matthew Rose 
A monk: Marko Mimica 
Elisabeth of Valois: Anja Harteros 
Princess of Eboli: Elena Zhidkova 
The page Thibaut: Alexandra Hutton 
A voice: Siobhan Stagg 
Flemish deputies: Sam Roberts-Smith 
Flemish deputies: Philipp Jekal 
Flemish deputies: Byung Gil Kim 
Flemish deputies: Dong-Hwan Lee 
Flemish deputies: Dean Murphy 
Flemish deputies: Derek Welton 


Chorus: Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin 
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin 

 
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
 

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg—the "richest town of Prussia"—according to plans designed by Heinrich Seeling from 1911. It opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter. After the incorporation of Charlottenburg by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.

Deutsches Opernhaus, 1912
With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, the opera was under control of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to Deutsches Opernhaus, competing with the Berlin State Opera in Mitte controlled by his rival, the Prussian minister-president Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098. Carl Ebert, the pre-World War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather than endorse the Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the Glyndebourne opera festival in England. He was replaced by Max von Schillings, who acceded to enact works of "unalloyed German character". Several artists, like the conductor Fritz Stiedry or the singer Alexander Kipnis followed Ebert into emigration. The opera house was destroyed by a RAF air raid on 23 November 1943. Performances continued at the Admiralspalast in Mitte until 1945. Ebert returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the opera house was rebuilt. The sober design by Fritz Bornemann was completed on 24 September 1961. The opening production was Mozart's Don Giovanni. The new building opened with the current name.

 
 
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