Opera at the Theatre: DON CARLO
September 7, 2014
For the 2013 Salzburg Festival, Peter Stein and Antonio Pappano are working with the original version of the opera – albeit in Italian and minus the ballet.
By retaining this prelude, psychological development of Elisabetta di Valois and Don Carlo becomes clearer and more poignant. In the forest of Fontainebleau, where the daughter of the French king first encounters Carlo, the couple experiences their only moment of happiness. With the cannon fire that heralds the conclusion of the war between Spain and France, harsh reality obtrudes: Carlo’s bride thus suddenly becomes his mother, a traumatic blow that leaves both of them with lasting emotional damage.