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Don Carlos


  • Grand opéra in 5 acts, French
  • Libretto Camille du Locle and Joseph Méry
  • Based on the tragic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich von Schiller
  • Time and place: France (Forest of Fontainebleau near Paris) and Spain (Madrid and Monastery of Yuste) c. 1565.
  • Premiere at Paris Opéra, exact name that time 'Théâtre Imperial de l´Opéra', situated in its former building Salle Le Peletier, 11 March 1867


s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/96/bd/47/9d/5344484bdbdec436/gfghg_original.jpgAct 3, scene 2. Drawing from the premiere at Paris Opera, in its former building Salle Le Peletier, 11 March 1867. (Scala Archives)



s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/4d/26/ef/c1/5344484bae3c58cd/121_original.jpgAct 4, scene 2. The death of Rodrigo. The front page of Don Carlos' piano score from 1867.

s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/49/96/39/80/5344484bcc8109b8/111_original.jpgCostumes designed by Alfredo Edel for the first premiere 11 March 1867.

Don Carlo / revised version

  • 5 acts, Italian
  • Libretto Camille du Locle, Joseph Méry; Achille de Lauzières (Italian trans.)
  • First revision of the translation (additions by Antonio Ghislanzoni).
  • However, the first performance in Italian was at the Royal Italian Opera House in London, 4 June 1867 (severely cut).
  • First official performance in Italian took place at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna on 27 October 1867 and was very successful.
  • Premiere after the final modifications of this version at Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, November/December 1872

s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/50/6e/02/55/5344484bcc8109b7/22_original.jpgAct 3, scene 2. Drawing after the first performance in Italian at the Royal Italian Opera House in London, 4 June 1867. The world premiere took place in Paris 3 months earlier.

Don Carlos / revised

  • 4 acts, French
  • Second revision of Don Carlos with Camille du Locle and Charles Nuitter. Omitted Act 1 and the ballet.
  • Italian translation by Angelo Zanardini based on the original version by Achille De Lauzières
  • Premiere Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 10 January 1884

s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/bb/36/14/74/5344484bab662772/jjhjh_original.jpgCarlo Cornaglia's depiction of Act IV (the original Act V) in the 1884 La Scala production.

Don Carlo / revised

  • 5 acts, Italian
  • Third revision of Don Carlos with Angelo Zanardini. Restored Act 1, Fontainebleau scene.
  • Premiere Teatro Municipale, Modena, 29 December 1886



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