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Nov. 17 2012

11/24/12 – Don Carlos – 1:00pm

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Houston Grand Opera

Don Carlos by Guiseppe Verdi
Libretto by  Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle

Sung in French
Approximate running time:  3 hours 18 minutes, including two intermissions


Houston Grand Opera presents the Verdi masterpiece in its full five acts and in French. King Philippe II of Spain dissolves his son’s engagement by appropriating his bride-to-be, the French princess Elisabeth de Valois. The ensuing drama pits father against son, crown against church, and conscience against loyalty. This quintessential grand opera is based on historic characters from sixteenth-century Spain.

Cast (in order of appearance)

A Forester – Mark Diamond
Elisabeth de Valois – Tamara Wilson
Don Carlos – Brandon Jovanovich
Thibault – Lauren Snouffer
Count Lerme – Boris Dyakov
The Spirit of Charles V – Oren Gradus
Rodrigue – Scott Hendricks
Princess Eboli – Christine Goerke
Philippe II – Andrea Silvestrelli
Royal Herald – Scott Quinn
A Celestial Voice – Brittany Wheeler
The Grand Inquisitor – Samuel Ramey
Countess Aremberg – Judith Irvington


Conductor – Patrick Summers, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
Director – John Caird
Set Designer – Johan Engels
Costume Designer – Carl Friedrich Oberle
Lighting Designer – Nigel Levings
Choreographer – Denni Sayers
Chorus Master – Richard Bado
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Photos by Felix Sanchez


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