*The Italian 5-act version is presented (Modena version, 1886)
One of the most important operas of Verdi's mature period returns to the Greek National Opera: Don Carlo, based on Friedrich Schiller's play of the same title, shall be presented in its Italian five-act version (Modena, 1886) in a new production directed by the great opera director Graham Vick.
It is a grandiose opera full of impressive arias, duets and compelling ensembles, but at the same time also a work with deeply human characters, who struggle to achieve a balance between their feelings and duty. Its multi-level political dimension, with the conflict between secular power and church, and, at the same time, between liberalism and absolutism, was of particular interest to Verdi, especially at a time when the modern Italian state was being formed.
Multi-awarded director Graham Vick is internationally acclaimed for his experimental and subversive productions of classical and modern opera works. He has served as director of the Glyndebourne Festival and in the last years he runs the Opera of Birmingham, which has a very cutting-edge and modern artistic mark. At the same time, he directs at the biggest opera houses worldwide, such as, among others, in London, Paris, Milan, Vienna, New York, Saint Petersburg, Madrid, Salzburg, Berlin, Zurich, Rome, Lisbon, Chicago, etc.
About his new direction for the GNO he notes: «King Philip II of Spain, master of the universe but not of his own soul, is disappointed in his Queen, disappointed in his son, disappointed in himself. Disappointed too in the love his younger wife and the idealist Marchese di Posa share for his troubled son; a love they will never feel for him. Left out even from the love of a pitiless God, humiliated at the feet of a fundamentalist priest, Philip comes to understand what led his father Charles V to renounce a throne an empire and all worldly attachment. 'Vanity of vanities. All is vanity'».