Opera in Five Acts. Opera is arguably the best medium for dramatising the workings of history and this is particularly true of Verdi's Don Carlo in Luchino Visconti's magnificent and definitive production. Set in France and Spain in the late 16th century, the opera tells of the political and amorous rivalry between Philip II of Spain and his son, Don Carlo. Performed in Italian, this live recording was described by The Times as "...an exhilarating experience". The superb cast is led by lleana Cotrubas as a tender and touching Elisabetta and the fine lyric tenor Luis Lima in the title role.