Lyric drama in four acts | Text by François Joseph Pierre Méry and Camille Du Locle
Lyric drama in four acts | Text by François Joseph Pierre Méry and Camille Du Locle after Friedrich Schiller’s drama Don Karlos, Infant von Spanien, 1884 version | In Italian with German supertitles
In this, his bleakest opera, Verdi creates a claustrophobic world in which love and emotion are doomed to succumb to religious fanaticism and an uncompromising hierarchy. Based on Schiller’s drama of the same name, in this production, stage director Jakob Peters-Messer creates a pressure-laden, Kafkaesque labyrinth that leads to inevitable catastrophe. Love’s final destination can only be death.