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Don Carlo

Giuseppe Verdi
Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle
Italian translation by Achille de Lauzières and Angelo Zanardini

Nationaltheater

Munich Opera Festival 2013
Sunday, 28. July 2013

Conductor


Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 and grew up in a musical family in his native Bombay. After first studying medicine for two semesters he concentrated on music in Hans Swarowsky's conducting class at the Vienna academy. Zubin Mehta won the Liverpool International Conducting Competition in 1958 and was also a prize-winner at the Koussevitzky Competition in Tanglewood. By his mid-twenties he had already conducted both the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras and retains close ties with both.

Zubin Mehta was Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1961 to 1967 becoming Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1962, a post he retained until 1978. In 1969 he also became Music Adviser to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and was made Music Director of that orchestra in 1977. In 1981 he was made Music Director for life. Zubin Mehta has conducted nearly two thousand concert performances with this extraordinary ensemble on tours spanning five continents. In 1978 he became Music Director of the New York Philharmonic commencing a tenure lasting 13 years, the longest in the orchestra's history and, since 1985, he has been chief conductor of the Maggio Musicale in Florence.

Zubin Mehta made his debut as an opera conductor with Tosca in Montreal in 1964. Since then he has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala Milan, and the opera houses of Montreal, Chicago and Florence as well as at the Salzburg Festival.

Zubin Mehta's list of awards and honours is extensive and includes the "Nikisch-Ring" from the Vienna Philharmonic as well as having been made, in 2001, an honorary member of the orchestra. He is an honorary citizen of both Florence and Tel Aviv and was made an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera in 1997. In 1999 Zubin Mehta was presented the "Lifetime Achievement Peace and Tolerance Award" of the United Nations by Lea Rabin. In April 2001 President Chirac created him "Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur". In January 2004 the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra bestowed the title of "Honorary Conductor" on Zubin Mehta.

Zubin Mehta has been Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Orchestra from 1998 to 2006. Quite apart from his commitments and responsibilities for the musical leadership of new productions, repertory performances and concerts associated with this position, he has also led the State Orchestra on two major European tours and the whole opera company on tours to Japan.

www.zubinmehta.net

Inszenierung, Bühne, Kostüme und Lichtkonzept


Jürgen Rose

Production Staff


Franziska Severin



Philipp II, König von Spanien


René Pape (© Mathias Bothor)

Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien


Jonas Kaufmann

Rodrigo, Marquis de Posa


Ludovic Tézier

Der Großinquistor


Taras Shtonda

Ein Mönch


Goran Jurić

Elisabeth von Valois


Anja Harteros (c) Marco Borggreve

Die Prinzessin Eboli


Ekatarina Gubanova

Tebaldo, Page Elisabeths


Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (© Chris Gonz)

Der Graf von Lerma / Ein königlicher Herold


Francesco Petrozzi


Flandrische Deputierte


Tim Kuypers

Flandrische Deputierte


Andrea Borghini


Flandrische Deputierte


Tareq Nazmi

Flandrische Deputierte


Rafał Pawnuk

Flandrische Deputierte


Christian Rieger