Don Carlo Greek National Opera
Don Carlo at the Greek National Opera. Photograph: Catherine Ashmore

DON CARLO by Giuseppe Verdi

Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
When: 2 & 5 January 2020 (SOLD OUT)
Why Go: See one of Verdi’s most important operas

Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi returns to the Greek National Opera’s stage at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens.

Based on Friedrich Schiller’s play of the same title, Don Carlo, shall be presented in its Italian five-act version (Modena, 1886), directed by the great British director and former artistic director of London’s Royal National Theatre, Sir Nicholas Hytner, with sets and costumes by Bob Crowley.

A grandiose opera full of impressive arias, duets and compelling ensembles, and at the same time, a work with deeply human characters, who struggle to achieve a balance between their feelings and duty. Its multi-level political dimension, with the conflict between secular power and the church, between liberalism and absolutism, was of particular interest to Verdi, especially at a time when the modern Italian state was being formed.

Don Carlo Greek National Opera I

Don Carlo at the Greek National Opera. Photograph: Catherine Ashmore

The performance will be conducted by the celebrated conductor and artist in residence at the GNO for the 2019/20 season Philippe Auguin, leading an internationally acclaimed cast of renowned soloists.


Don Carlo – Marcelo Puente

Filippo II – Alexander Vinogradov

Rodrigo – Tassis Christoyannis (8, 15, 21, 28/12) Dimitri Platanias (13, 19/12 & 2, 5/1)

Elisabeth of Valois – Barbara Frittoli (8, 13, 15, 19, 21/12) Cellia Costea (28/12 & 2, 5/1)

Princess Eboli – Ekaterina Gubanova (8, 13, 15, 19, 21/12) Elena Zhidkova (28/12 & 2, 5/1)

With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists

A co-production of the Royal Opera House, London, the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Norwegian National Opera (Oslo), which was first presented at Covent Garden in 2008.

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