In view of the outstanding position that Paris was able to claim for itself in the field of music in the 19th century, Verdi attached great importance to his being commissioned to write an opera for the 1867 World Exhibition. At the centre of the events taking place in the second half of the 16th century – Schiller’s »Dramatic Poem« of the same name was used as a model – is the Spanish Crown Prince Carlos. He has an undying love for Elisabeth of Valois, who has been destined to be his wife since childhood, before his widowed father Philip II claims her for himself. This private conflict is exacerbated by a political one: Carlos’ demands for the regency of the rebellious Dutch provinces – a fatal situation against the backdrop of the inquisition processes and the power of the Grand Inquisitor.

27 Sep


Vienna State Opera
27 September 2020
Starting Hour