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Giuseppe Verdi – Joseph Méry, Camille du Locle

Don Carlos

3 h 15 min, incl. interval (estimated duration, specified during the premiere week)
31.1.2025 – 6.3.2025
Main Stage
On sale date
Tickets will go on sale on 2 October at 12 p.m.
Price range
21–138 €
Italian. Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Age recommendation

Huge operatic forces take no prisoners

Political scheming, a harrowing love triangle, and magnificent music. In Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Don Carlos, Elisabeth is married to King Philip of Spain, but her heart belongs to his son, Don Carlos. Yet, the political machinations of the state prove more powerful than their profound emotions.

In this opera classic, love and politics give rise to Verdi’s affecting melodies. Merging the themes of unattainable love and the desire for freedom, Don Carlos emerges as one of Verdi’s most intricately woven operas. The story has been inspired by historical figures: King Philip II of Spain, his son Don Carlos, and Queen Elisabeth de Valois, who ruled Spain in the 16th century.

The stunning new production premieres at the Finnish National Opera in spring 2025.

Don Carlos is a co-production between The Royal Danish Theatre, Finnish National Opera and The Norwegian National Opera.


Don Carlos, the son of King Philip II of Spain, is in love with Elisabeth, who has married Philip for political reasons. Spain’s oppression of the Flemish people brings Rodrigo to their defense, with Carlos’s support. Eventually, Carlos and Rodrigo are overpowered by dictatorship and the church, yet the ideal of freedom endures.

Full synopsis and other background information can be found in the programme leaflet.

creative team

Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto after a play by Friedrich Schiller
Joseph Méry, Camille du Locle
Hannu Lintu, James Hendry
Davide Livermore
Gio Forma
Mariana Fracasso
Lighting design
Antonio Castro
Video design
D-Wok studio


Philip II
Timo Riihonen
Elisabeth de Valois
Elisabeth de Valois
Silja Aalto
Don Carlos
Stefan Pop
Don Carlos
Andrea Shin
Princess Eboli
Margarita Gritskova
Princess Eboli
Dorothea Spilger
The Grand Inquisitor
Koit Soasepp
An old Monk
A Voice from Heaven
Saara Kiiveri
The Count of Lerma
Jasper Leppänen
A Royal Herald
Yusniel Estrada Viciedo

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