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For several reasons I was put in mind of Don Carlos, yesterday – both Schiller’s and Verdi’s. So I thought I’d post a few images…

Let us begin with the frontispiece of the first published version in Der Teutschen Merkur, in 1787.

2005-1_038a_Dom_KarlosThen a highly romanticized view of the eponymous hero in a 1859 engraving by Friedrich Precht.

CatturaAbout the same time, here is an illustration by Wilhelm von Kaulbach:

Kaulbach_9_Bilder_Mueller__500x763_Now Conrad Veidt and William Dieterle as Carlos and Posa in the 1924 silent movie Carlos und Elisabeth:

bp1592And a 1936 Ukrainian production of the play:

pic_F_R_Franko New Drama Theater Schiller Don Carlos (Kyiv 1936) (stage design by A Petrytsky)And the opera? Here a 1963 production at La Scala, in Milan, with Leyla Gencer as Elisabeth:

hqdefaultAnd the great Boris Christoff as King Philip:

ChristoffI find that both play and opera have fascinating histories… maybe we’ll talk about it, eh?