"I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera," says director Nicholas Hytner, who makes his Met debut with this new production, which was greeted with popular success when it opened in London. Roberto Alagna leads the cast in the title role. Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. "Not one of these characters is prepared to accept his or her own tragic destiny," Hytner says of Verdi's epic tragedy in which romantic desire shapes the course of nations. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts.