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

Coproduction with the English National Opera London

sponsored by

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

Simon Boccanegra Dimitri Platanias
Amelia Grimaldi Serena Farnocchia
Jacopo Fiesco Dmitry Belosselskiy
Gabriele Adorno Wookyung Kim
Paolo Albiani Markus Eiche
Pietro Peter Lobert
Capitano Matthew Grills
Dienerin der Amelia Anna Rajah

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
The Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper