Libretto by Joseph MÉRY & Camille DU LOCLE

New production

  • Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège.

For the first time at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège !

The story

Elisabeth de Valois and the infante Don Carlos are promised to wed one another. However, King Philip II, his father, decides to marry the young lady. Carlos confides his torments to his friend, the Marquis of Posa. Under the influence of Princess Eboli, the King suspects that his son is in love with the Queen. They openly clash when Carlos pleads the cause of the Flemish people persecuted by the Inquisition…


The immense fresco of Don Carlos, adapted from Schiller’s play, is still today one of the most important works in Verdi’s productions. When in 1867, at the height of his glory, he offered Paris his second Grand French-style opera, following Les Vêpres siciliennes, he depicted, to the backdrop of a historical, political and legendary theme, psychological portraits of rare dramatic intensity.

All the themes dear to Verdi converge in a masterful manner. Love, friendship, passion, jealousy, betrayal, religion, inquisition, death and redemption are the watchwords. Several innovations pointed to a turning point in the Maestro’s art. The bold harmonies and vocal prowess heralded Aida and Otello. He especially makes widespread use of exceptional bass voices such as in the famous grand duet in act IV when King Philip II and the Grand Inquisitor sublimely confront each other.

This new production presents an opportunity to discover the French version, rarely performed, making it a high point of our season.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.

Evening sessions will exceptionally start at 7:00 p.m.


Online, Friday 14th of February, on France TV platform at 7PM

Plan your visit

  • Surtitle

    The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège offers to its spectators a surtitle in French, Dutch, German and English, for each opera on the bill.

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    Simple token : 1, 40 € (softs : 2 tokens / wines : 3 tokens)

    Champagne token : 9 €

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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