Don Carlos, the son of the Spanish king, Philippe II, is engaged to marry Elisabeth de Valois of France. It’s a political alliance designed to end the enmity between the two countries, but the pair also love each other. Ah, but then Dad, who is between wives, decides he and not his son will marry Elisabeth. Written in French by the Italian great Giuseppe Verdi, the five-act Don Carlos, being presented by the Houston Grand Opera, is the story of thwarted love all round.
Princess Eboli (sung by soprano Christine Goerke) is King Philippe’s mistress and tells Don Carlos she loves him. But Don Carlos (sung by tenor Brandon Jovanovich) rejects Eboli and she unleashes her demons, telling Philippe that his son and Elisabeth still love each other. Cue the Spanish Inquisition, which comes in to take care of things. In the end, Princess Eboli “realizes how wrong she was and how awful she feels, but the damage is already done,” Goerke says.
6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, Thursday, April 19, and Saturday, April 28. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, and Sunday, April 22. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit www.houstongrandopera.org. $31 to $327.
Fri., April 13, 6:30 p.m.; Sun., April 15, 2 p.m.; Thu., April 19, 6:30 p.m.; Sun., April 22, 2 p.m.; Sat., April 28, 6:30 p.m., 2012
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