Concert will begin at 15:00 hours GMT
Verdi's 'Don Carlo' with Vargas, Frittoli, Smirnova & Maazel from New York
Verdi's 'Don Carlo' is a five-act grand opera composed to a French language libretto by Camille du Locle and Joseph Méry, based on the dramatic play 'Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien' ('Don Carlos, Infante of Spain') by Friedrich Schiller. When performed in Italian, the opera is called Don Carlo. The story is based on conflicts in the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545–1568), after his betrothed Elisabeth of Valois was married instead to his father Philip II of Spain as part of the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551–1559 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois. Performers:
Don Carlo: Ramon Vargas.
Elisabeth de Valois: Barbara Frittoli.
Eboli: Anna Smirnova.
Rodrigo: Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Philip II: Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Grand Inquisitor: Eric Halfvarson.
Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.