Don Carlo is a tale of the struggle between personal desires with responsibilities arising from social and political status of the lead characters. Given its artistic value and historic legacy, the piece is one of the operatic chef d´oeuvres inspired by great historical themes. Giuseppe Verdi, the arch-prodigy of Italian opera, pays particular attention to individual conduct of his characters. Mass scenes no longer present the core and substance of the storyline, as had been the case in some of his earlier patriotic opuses.
In Don Carlo Verdi abandons the established musical methods, subjecting his music to dramatic context of the storyline. Ultimately, the arias themselves are no longer based on traditional schemes. Their expression and unique shape, with fascinating plasticity and vividness develop a deep psychological relief of grand characters.
Running time: 3 hrs 40 mins with two interval