Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Don Carlo will premiere at the National Theater of Bosnia and Herzegovina tonight at 1930 hrs.

Don Carlo is a four-act grand opera composed to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play ‘Don Carlos, Infante of Spain’ by Friedrich Schiller.

The opera’s story is based on conflicts in the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias. Though he was betrothed to Elisabeth of Valois, part of the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551–59 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois demanded that she be married instead to his father Philip II of Spain.

The opera was commissioned and produced by the Paris Opera and given its premiere at the Salle Le Peletier on March 11, 1867.

Second performance of the opera in Sarajevo is scheduled to take place on Monday, December 16.