From the LA Times review
Terrorism is enforced by religious extremists controlling government. A popular uprising is the result of an unpopular war in which a superpower is ensconced in a distant land where it isn’t wanted.
This would be Verdi’s opera, Don Carlo, which is based in Spain in 1560. Sue and I saw it Wed. night. Sweeping and epic, to be sure, but unrelentingly grim. Betrayal, treachery, a despotic King, and overhadowing it all is the Grand Inquisitor. As you might expect, it ends badly for those who would fight for freedom. Me, I prefer epic sagas where the good guys don’t die painful deaths.