Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra: Tamar Iveri, Andrzej Dobber Simon Boccanegra: Vitalij Kowaljow, Andrzej Dobber Simon Boccanegra: Stefano Secco, Andrzej Dobber, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1857), new version by Arrigo Boito (1881)

Opera with a prologue and three acts
Although it should no longer be important in the City of Genoa – the Doge is elected by the people – entrenched party rivalry between the Patricians and the Plebeians is still strong. But the candidacy of Simon Boccanegra seems to offer the opportunity of reconciliation. He is elected Doge. And yet: he too becomes enmeshed in the tangle of family tragedies and power plays.

This is Verdi's most brittle work; its colours are dark, its feelings gloomy, its scenes – both public and private – brutal – yet it is full of the drive to love and freedom. Over 20 years were to pass following the unsuccessful first performance in 1857 before Verdi carried out a fundamental revision and reshaped the work completely with his new librettist Arrigo Boito. But in comparison with his Trilogia populare, the work suffered for a long time from the reputation of being inaccessible. Wrongly! Verdi said: "The piece is sombre, because it must be sombre, but it is enthralling!“

In Italian with German surtitles

New production

Coproduction with the English National Opera London

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Date

Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Nationaltheater
7.00 p.m. - app. 10.00 p.m.
Playing time: 3 hours (1 intermission)
6.00 p.m. : Introductory event
Prices L
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Cast

Musikalische Leitung Bertrand de Billy
Inszenierung und Bühne Dmitri Tcherniakov
Kostüme Elena Zaytseva
Licht Gleb Filshtinsky
Chor Sören Eckhoff

Simon Boccanegra Zeljko Lucic
Amelia Grimaldi Kristine Opolais
Jacopo Fiesco Vitalij Kowaljow
Gabriele Adorno Stefano Secco
Paolo Albiani Levente Molnár
Pietro Goran Jurić
Capitano Joshua Stewart
Dienerin der Amelia Iulia Maria Dan



The Bavarian State Orchestra
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera