SIMON BOCCANEGRA

Opéra BastilleOPÉRA BASTILLE

2018-2019

DATES

NOV 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28

DEC 1, 4, 7, 10, 13

CAST

Conductor Fabio Luisi
Director Calixto Bieito
Set design Susanne Gschwender
Costume design Ingo Krügler
Lighting design Michael Bauer
Video Sarah Derendinger
Chorus master José Luis Basso

Simon Boccanegra Ludovic Tézier
Jacopo Fiesco Mika Kares
Maria Boccanegra (Amelia Grimaldi) Maria Agresta (12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28 nov. 7, 10, 13 dec.), Anita Hartig (1, 4 déc.)
Gabriele Adorno Francesco Demuro
Paolo Albani Nicola Alaimo
Pietro Mikhail Timoshenko
Un capitano dei balestrieri Cyrille Lovighi
Un’ancella di Amelia Virginia Leva-Poncet

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Opéra BastilleABOUT THE OPERA

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi – Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave

First performance: Venice, Teatro La Fenice, 12 March 1857 (first version); Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 24 March 1881 (revised version)

Although the critics were quite favourable to Simon Boccanegra, the first version of the opera was not very successful for the complications of the plot and Verdi decided to revise it before presenting it to the audience again. Thanks also to the assistance of Arrigo Boito, the revised version was a success. This is also the version which is most frequently performed today.

The story of Simon Boccanegra is set in Genoa in the 14th century and it is divided between the political career and the private life of the protagonist. Elected Doge of Genoa immediately after learning the death of his lover, Simon has also lost trace of his daughter Maria. He finds her again twenty-five years later, disguised under the name of Amelia Grimaldi, and discovers that she is love with one of his political opponents, Gabriele Adorno. After foiling the conspiracies of Boccanegra’s adversary Paolo Albiani (who is sentenced to death), the opera ends with general reconciliation: Simon reveals Maria/Amelia’s true identity and names Gabriele his successor.


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