Don Carlos [1884-86]

Opera: Work details

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Music title: Don Carlos (1867)
Librettist: Joseph Méry
Librettist: Camille du Locle
Translator: Achille de Lauzières
Translator: Angelo Zanardini
Work definition: Opera in five acts
Title notes: Also known in Italian as 'Don Carlo'
After: After the dramatic poem 'Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien' by Friedrich von Schiller
Language: Italian
Notes: This opera exists in two versions: the original 1867 work in five acts and an 1884 version in four acts. Both were written to a French libretto, but also exist in an Italian translation by Achilee de Lauzières. Angelo Zanardini revised Lauzières's translation for the 1884 version, which premiered in Italian under the title 'Don Carlo'. In 1886 Verdi restored the 1867 first act to the 1884 version.
World premiere: 10 January 1884, Teatro alla Scala, Milan
ROH premiere: 9 May 1958, Covent Garden Opera Company
ROH company premiere: 9 May 1958, Covent Garden Opera Company, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Related work: Don Carlos [1867]
Productions
Don Carlos (1958) Covent Garden Opera Company (23 performances online)
Don Carlos (1996) The Royal Opera (8 performances online)
Don Carlos (1999) The Kirov Opera (2 performances online)
Don Carlo (2008) The Royal Opera (14 performances online)

Performances not linked to a production
30 June 1970 Evening 7.30pm Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
12 December 1996 Evening 7.00pm Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London