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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.

Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Stage director: Krzysztof Warlikowski

Sets and costumes: Małgorzata Szczesniak

Lighting design: Felice Ross

Video: Denis Guéguin

Choreography: Claude Bardouil

Dramaturgy: Christian Longchamp

Chorus master: José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Philippe II, Ildar Abdrazakov

Don Carlos, Jonas Kaufmann

Rodrigue, Ludovic Tézier

Le grand inquisiteur, Dmitry Belosselskiy

Élisabeth de Valois, Sonya Yoncheva

La princesse Eboli, Elīna Garanca

Thibault, Eve-Maud Hubeaux

Députés flamands, Tiago Matos, Michal Partyka,

Mikhail Timoshenko, Tomasz Kumiega, Andrei Filonczyk,

Daniel Giulianini

Une voix d’en haut, Silga Tiruma

Le comte de Lerme, Julien Dran

Un héraut royal, Hyun-Jong Roh

Le moine, Krzysztof Baczyk