From 12. December 2021

Don Carlo

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)

Opera in four Acts
Libretto by Camille du Locle
Based on the Tragedy by Friedrich Schiller
– In Italian –

195 Minuten Eine Pause
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It is well known, that Guiseppe Verdi’s critical spirit caused him to not only be deeply affected by the conditions of his own epoch, but also to meet his own creations with scepticism and a readiness to revise them continually. No other opera was as often revised, abridged, transposed and redrafted as DON CARLO – the one that comes closest to the inevitabilities of ancient Greek drama with its close-knit fabric of political, religious and social constraints, and which has thus become his darkest work. 

More than twenty years passed between 1865, when Verdi began to work on the composition, and the performance of the five-act version in Modena in 1886, the version that is more frequently performed nowadays than the four-act Milan version of 1884, which was more common until the 1980s. Verdi not only wrestled with the two languages and their highly divergent expressive airs, but also kept trying to achieve an optimal result through incessant abridgements and transpositions. Thus, this opera, which remains largely true to Friedrich Schiller’s drama, has no less than seven versions. The light of reason, however, appears in neither of them. Prisoners of the constraints, prisoners of their self-imposed reins, but above all prisoners of an ever fatally looming spiritual power for which even the secular rulers are no match – Verdi encapsulates the hopelessness of human entanglements in this network of terror in the most elementary way:  if freedom is to be found at all, it is only in death.

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Filippo II  Pavel Kudinov (Termine)
Tobias Schabel (Termine)
Don Carlo  Leonardo Caimi (Termine)
Santiago Sánchez (Termine)
Der Großinquisitor  Karl-Heinz Lehner (Termine)
Pavel Kudinov (Termine)
Tobias Schabel (Termine)
Ein Mönch  Magnus Piontek (Termine)
Marcel Brunner (Termine)
Elisabetta von Valois  Anna Princeva
Prinzessin Eboli  Dshamilja Kaiser (Termine)
Khatuna Mikaberidze (Termine)
Tebaldo  Lada Bočková (Termine)
Sarah Vautour (Termine)
Stimme aus der Höhe  Lada Bočková (Termine)
Sarah Vautour (Termine)
Graf von Lerma / Ein königlicher Herold  Katleho Mokhoabane (Termine)
Miloš Bulajić (Termine)
Die Gräfin von Aremberg  Helena Baur
Flandrische Deputierte  Sven Bakin (Termine)
Enrico Döring (Termine)
Algis Lunskis (Termine)
Miljan Milovic (Termine)
Hartmut Nasdala (Termine)
Nicholas Probst (Termine)
James Benjamin Hewat Craw (Termine)
Chor  Chor des Theater Bonn
Extrachor  Extrachor des Theater Bonn
Statisterie  Statisterie des Theater Bonn
Orchester  Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Musikalische Leitung  Hermes Helfricht
Inszenierung  Mark Daniel Hirsch
Ausstattung  Helmut Stürmer
Licht  Max Karbe
Choreinstudierung  Marco Medved
Regieassistenz  Idilsu Yaman
Abendspielleitung  Mark Daniel Hirsch
Idilsu Yaman
Musikalische Assistenz  Elia Tagliavia
Studienleitung  Pauli Jämsä
Korrepetition  Igor Horvat
Elia Tagliavia
Bühnenbildassistenz  Ansgar Baradoy
Mitarbeit Kostüm  Sarah Magirius
Louise Buffetrille
Inspizienz  Barbara Schröder
Leitung Statisterie  Gyda Löcher
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