don carlos


Hugo De Hana’s gorgeous production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” [ 2013 Turin Royal Theatre’s revival]

Don Carlo is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller. The opera unfaithfully retells real events from the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545–1568). Though he was betrothed to Elisabeth of Valois, a clause in the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551–1559 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois demanded that she be married instead to his father Philip II of Spain

Never dwell on past events except in reference. To emphasize them would mean to take away from the importance of what’s taking place now. A warrior cannot possibly afford to do that.
—  Quotes from Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda

Marianela Nunez and Carlos Acosta in Don Quixote, Royal Ballet, November 2014. © Dave Morgan.

Nunez adds sex appeal to her insouciant  control, sending the dithery Don into a trance of desire. She is different again in Act III, at ease once more in Acosta’s arms when she’s not flicking her fan and showing off the precision of her feet in solo variations during the wedding celebrations.