Don Carlo is a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French language libretto by Camille du Locle and Joseph Méry, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien (Don Carlos, Infante of Spain) by Friedrich Schiller. The story is based on conflicts in the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545–1568), after his betrothed Elisabeth of Valois was married instead to his father Philip II of Spain as part of the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551–1559 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois. It was commissioned and produced by the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra (Paris Opera) and premiered at the company’s theatre, the Salle Le Peletier, on 11 March 1867.

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    Arie, Raffaele as Filippo II
    Bulgarian bass (1920-1988)
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    Barbieri, Fedora as Eboli
    Italian mezzo-soprano (1920-2003)
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    Bensing, Heinrich as Don Carlo
    German tenor (1911-1955)
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    Björling, Jussi as Don Carlo
    Swedish tenor (1911-1960)
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    Chaliapin, Fedor as Filippo II
    Russian bass (1873-1938)
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    Christoff, Boris as Filippo II
    Bulgarian bass (1914-1993)
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    Dezsö, Ernster as Filippo II
    Hungarian bass (1898-1981)
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    Prevedi, Bruno as Don Carlo
    Italian tenor (1928-1988)
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    Simionato, Giulietta as Eboli
    Italian mezzo-soprano (1910-2010)
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    Silveri, Paolo as Rodrigo
    Italian baritone (1913-2001)
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    Filippeschi, Mario as Don Carlo
    Italian tenor (1907-1979)
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    Flagello, Ezio as Filippo II
    Italian-american bass (1931-2009)
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    Ghiaurov Nicolai as Filippo II
    Bulgarian bass (1929-2004)
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    Grassi, Rinaldo as Don Carlo
    Italian tenor (1885?-1946)
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    Hines, Jerome as The Great Inquisitor
    American bass (1921-2003)
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    Manowarda, Josef as Filippo II
    German bass (1890-1942)
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    Merrill, Robert as Rodrigo
    American baritone (1917-2004)
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    Morelli, Carlo as Don Rodrigo
    Italian baritone (1895-1970)
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    Piccaver, Alfred as Don Carlo
    British-american tenor (1884-1958)
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    Rossi-Lemeni, Nicola as Filippo II
    Italian bass (1920-1991)
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    Schweebs, Hellmuth as Filippo II
    German bass (1897-1951)
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    Siepi, Cesare as Filippo II
    Italian bass (1923-2010)
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    Signorini, Francesco as Don Carlo
    Italian tenor (1861-1927)
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    Tafuro, Franco as Don Carlo
    Italian tenor (1888-1943)
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