The Met’s New Production of Verdi’s Epic Don Carlos Arrives in Cinemas Nationwide on March 26

Fathom Events brings the latest in The Met: Live in HD series to theaters beginning at 12PM ET

Denver, CO (March 17, 2022)—For the first time in company history, the Metropolitan Opera presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos this month, and on Saturday, March 26, at 12PM ET, the striking new production by David McVicar will be transmitted live to cinemas worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series.


The epic opera tells the story of doomed love amongst royals during the Spanish Inquisition, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading an all-star principal cast. Tenor Matthew Polenzani sings the title role, with 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, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the principal cast as Rodrigue. Soprano Ailyn Pérez hosts the live transmission.

Fathom Events will also present an encore of Don Carlos on Wednesday, March 30 at 12PM and 6:30PM, local time.


Tickets can be purchased online at or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).  Visit your local theater website for the most up-to-date information related to their health-and-safety measures.


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“A spectacularly realized vision of Verdi’s sprawling masterwork ... Skillfully wrought in Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s sensitive leadership of the Met Orchestra ... Matthew Polenzani sang Carlos with a finely attuned sense of drama ... Sonya Yoncheva made an exquisite Élisabeth ... Jamie Barton was a revelation in an eyepatch as Eboli ... It could be years before I dislodge bass-baritone Eric Owens from my notion of what a Philippe II should be ... Rodrigue, powerfully voiced and embodied by French Canadian baritone Étienne Dupuis ... John Relyea was more than sufficiently terrifying as the boss’s boss—the Grand Inquisitor ... Attains a grandest-of- grand level of spectacle and force almost immediately, and scarcely ever lets up.” —The Washington Post


“A milestone for the company ... A triumphant turn in the title role by Matthew Polenzani ... He rises, stylishly, to fiery intensity ... A special night for Nézet-Séguin and his company.” —The New York Times


“Electrifying ... towering ambition and extraordinary nuance ... Nézet-Séguin coaxed thrilling, cohesive playing and rich colorings from the Met Orchestra ... Polenzani, essaying the title role for the first time, was an ideal artist ... Dupuis’s sweet, high-set baritone, generous sense of legato phrasing, and adeptness onstage made him the evening’s center of gravity ... Seethes with style and grandeur.” —Observer


“Nézet-Séguin pilots the cast through that complicated musical landscape with a sure and sensitive hand ... The marvelous soprano Sonya Yoncheva clothed the role of Élisabeth in silver and damask ... Polenzani shone through a grueling evening with undimmed elegance ... Supporting them all are the Met’s enduring twin marvels, the chorus and the orchestra ... Musical brilliance.” —New York Magazine



Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Sonya Yoncheva, Élisabeth de Valois; Hometown: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Jamie Barton, Eboli; Hometown: Rome, Georgia

Matthew Polenzani, Don Carlos; Hometown: Evanston, Illinois

Étienne Dupuis, Rodrigue; Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Eric Owens, Philippe II; Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Relyea, Grand Inquisitor; Hometown: Toronto, Canada