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Don Carlo

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Opera at the Academy

Family ties don't always bind

Sometimes it’s peace, not war, that tests a man’s loyalty. Elisabeth, the centerpiece of an uneasy treaty between France and Spain, ignites a love triangle of epic proportions. While brokered to King Philip II of Spain, it is his son Don Carlo who possesses her heart. Now they must choose: loyalty or their lives?

Bass-baritone Eric Owens makes his much-anticipated role debut as King Philip II alongside Dimitri Pittas, Leah Crocetto, and Michelle DeYoung in their company debuts. Troy Cook and Morris Robinson round out a powerhouse cast in this new production directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Music Director Corrado Rovaris.

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Dates are Apr - May 2015.

Fri, Apr 24 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Apr 26 2:30 p.m.
Wed, Apr 29 7:30 p.m.
Fri, May 1 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 3 2:30 p.m.

Approx. 3 hrs and 7 mins.
Includes a 20 min intermission.

Production underwritten in part by Ms. Barbara Augusta Teichert

New Production
Co-produced with Washington National Opera and Minnesota Opera

Cast & Creative Team

The forces behind the drama

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Tim Albery
Tim Albery *Director
Dimitri Pittas
Dimitri Pittas *As Don Carlo
Leah Crocetto
Leah Crocetto *As Elisabeth de Valois
Michelle DeYoung
Michelle DeYoung *As Princess Eboli
Eric Owens
Eric Owens As King Philip II
Troy Cook
Troy CookAs Rodrigo
Morris Robinson
Morris RobinsonAs The Grand Inquisitor
Ashley Emerson
Ashley EmersonAs Tebaldo
Jeremy Milner
Jeremy MilnerAs A Friar
Sarah Shafer
Sarah ShaferAs The Celestial Voice
Mingjie Lei
Mingjie Lei *As Royal Herald & Conte Di Lerma
  • Andrew Lieberman * Set Design
  • Thomas Hase * Lighting Design
  • Constance Hoffman * Costume Design
  • David Zimmerman Wig & Make-Up Design
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master 
  • Amanda Consol Assistant Director 
  • Jenny Harber Stage Manager 
  • Becki Smith Assistant Stage Manager 
  • Jen Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Giuseppe Verdi

The Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi was born in Italy in 1813, prior to Italian unification. Verdi produced many successful operas, including La Traviata, Falstaff and Aida, and became known for his skill in creating melody and his profound use of theatrical effect. His rejection of the traditional Italian opera for integrated scenes and unified acts earned him great fame.

Giuseppe Verdi died on January 27, 1901, in Milan. Composing over 25 operas throughout his career, he continues to be regarded today as one of the greatest Italian composers. His works have reportedly been performed more than any other performer's worldwide. Read more of Verdi's story.

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