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Verdi's DON CARLOS Says It All With Opera!

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A long war between France and Spain winds down with a peace treaty.  A cross-border royal marriage solidifies the deal.  Over the course of the next several hours, Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi tests the limits of a king’s power, the good intentions of a jealous princess, and the loyalty of a dear friend. Underscoring it all, are the righteous fury of the Spanish Inquisition and the unfulfilled love of Spain’s Don Carlo and the virtuous Elizabeth of France, culminating in one puzzling conclusion.   

Loosely reminiscent of historical events and figures, Verdi’s longest opera was influenced by a play of the same name by Friedrich Schiller. 

WRTI classical host Gregg Whiteside preps Meridee Duddleston to hear Verdi’s grand cast of characters play out their fates.

The Houston Grand Opera's Don Carlos will broadcast in its entirety on Saturday, November 24th at 1 pm - Brandon Jovanovich sings the title role. Patrick Summers conducts. Cast list and synopsis here.

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.