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Don Carlos

Giuseppe Verdi

  • Opera in five acts
  • Music by Giuseppe Verdi
  • Libretto in French by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle
  • Original Paris Version
  • 2009 production created by Sarasota Opera and revised in 2015
  • Verdi Cycle Production


Sung in French with English titles projected above the stage.

In this penultimate year of our acclaimed Verdi Cycle, Sarasota Opera will present the Paris version of Don Carlos—Verdi’s epic story of love, betrayal and tragedy. Carlos’ loyalty to his father, King Philip of Spain, is tested by his desperate love for Élisabeth, the King’s wife. Set in Renaissance Spain dominated by war and the Inquisition, this powerful drama is one of opera’s great masterpieces. Soprano Michelle Johnson—making her Sarasota Opera debut in this production—will be joined by beloved Sarasota Opera principals mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips, tenor Jonathan Burton, bass-baritone Kevin Short, baritone Marco Nisticò and bass Young Bok Kim.

Performance Schedule

March, 2015

Cast and Production Team

Production Team