Gold-plated Don Carlos cast compensates for Warlikowski’s frosty Paris staging

Verdi: Don Carlos ***

Opéra Bastille, 28th October 2017

Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra de Paris, had one of his greatest successes as general manager at the Théâtre du Châtelet with Luc Bondy’s staging of the original French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos (a production shared with La Monnaie and Covent Garden). In that version, Karita Mattila’s Elisabeth de Valois arrived in Fontainebleu’s forest riding a beautiful white horse. In Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new Paris staging, Sonya Yoncheva’s Elisabeth has to make do with a fibreglass version instead, which she poses beside in full bridal gear. It’s a cold, glassy scene which sums up the Polish director’s staging at the Bastille.

Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos) and Elīna Garanča (Eboli)
© Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris

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