Don Carlo, Berlin, June 2017

Teodor Ilincai is Don Carlo in a 2011 production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He's scheduled to perform in four performances (June 24, 29; July 2, 6) alongside Etienne Dupuis (Rodrigo), Kristin Lewis (Elisabeta), Jamie Barton (Eboli) and Giacomo Prestia (King Phillip). 

In none of the opera’s characters does the light of reason sparkle. Prisoners of their situations, prisoners of their own reins of control and of their own making, above all prisoners of a deadly, ever-looming spiritual power greater even than secular hegemony… Verdi captures the essential helplessness of human beings entangled in this network of terror: at best, death brings release.