Don Carlo Educator Materials

At the time of Spain’s brutal Inquisition, the king of Spain marries the woman his son loves and sets into motion a tension-filled chain of events. Don’t miss this magnificent tale of romantic triangles, political idealism and life-and-death devotion.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle

Sung in Italian with English supertitles 


Under the shadow of the Spanish Inquisition, the king of Spain marries the woman his son loves.

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Cast & Creative

Don Carlo Michael Fabiano
Elisabetta Ana María Martínez
Princess Eboli Nadia Krasteva *
Rodrigo Mariusz Kwiecien
Philip II René Pape
Philip II Ferruccio Furlanetto 1
The Grand Inquisitor Andrea Silvestrelli
A Monk Matthew Stump
Tebaldo Nian Wang
A Heavenly Voice Toni Marie Palmertree*
Count Lerma Pene Pati*


June 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 29

Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Director Emilio Sagi
Designer Zack Brown
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Fight Director Dave Maier

 * San Francisco Opera Debut 
1 June 29

San Francisco Opera production

Previous performances of Don Carlo can be found in our Archive.