Great Performances at the Met (Season 16)

Great Performances at the Met: Don Carlos

Air date: 08/07/2022

Premieres beginning Sunday, August 7 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)



For the first time in its history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. With new staging by David McVicar, conductor Patrick Furrer leads a starry cast including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens and John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor with baritone Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue. Great Performances at the Met: Don Carlos premieres beginning Sunday, August 7 on PBS (check local listings). Soprano Ailyn Pérez hosts. The New York metro area premiere is Sunday, August 7 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN. The broadcast is part of season 16 of Great Performances at the Met that includes 10 new operas premiering monthly through November on PBS (check local listings).


  • Matthew Polenzani – Don Carlos
  • Sonya Yoncheva – Élisabeth de Valois
  • Jamie Barton – Princess of Eboli
  • Eric Owens – Philippe II, King of Spain
  • John Relyea – Grand Inquisitor
  • Etienne Dupuis – Rodrigue, Marquis of Posa


  • Ailyn Pérez – Host
  • Patrick Furrer – Conductor
  • Giuseppe Verdi – Composer
  • David McVicar – Production
  • Charles Edwards – Set Designer
  • Brigitte Reiffenstuel – Costume Designer
  • Adam Silverman – Lighting Designer
  • Leah Hausman – Movement Director

Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. Don Carlos is directed for the screen by Gary Halvorson. For the Met: Mia Bongiovanni is Supervising Producer and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. David Frost is Music Producer and Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances: Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers. For Great Performances, funding is provided by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, and The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.

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Jamie Barton as Princess Eboli and Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue in Verdi's "Don Carlos." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.

Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth and Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Verdi's "Don Carlos." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.

Meigui Zhang as Thibault, Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth, Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue, and Joo Won Kang as the Count of Lerme in Verdi's "Don Carlos." Photo: Ken Howard / Met

John Relyea as the Grand Inquisitor and Eric Owens as King Philippe II in Verdi's "Don Carlos." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.

Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth and Jamie Barton as Princess Eboli in Verdi's "Don Carlos." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.

Matthew Polenzani as Don Carlos and Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue in Verdi's "Don Carlos." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.

Matthew Polenzani as Don Carlos, Jamie Barton as Princess Eboli, and Etienne Dupuis as Rodrigue in Verdi's "Don Carlos." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

A scene from Act III of Verdi's "Don Carlos" with Eric Owens as Philippe II. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera.