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Simon Boccanegra
Sat, 25. Feb 2023, 19:30

Giuseppe Verdi [1813 – 1901]

Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra

For Verdi, writing operas meant relating to the world, interfering, raising one's voice and speaking out on stage on political issues. Hardly any of his operas, however, pushes the question of what price the individual has to pay for political power to such an extreme as SIMON BOCCANEGRA. It is staged by the Russian director Vasily Barkhatov, who already helped Reimann's L'INVISIBLE to its world premiere here at the house ... Conductor: Jader Bignamini / Yi-Chen Lin [25 Feb.]; Director: Vasily Barkhatov; With George Petean / Dong-Hwan Lee [25 Feb.], Attilio Glaser / Jorge Puerta [25 Feb.], Liang Li / Ante Jerkunica [17, 19, 25 Feb.], Maria Motolygia / Flurina Stucki [19, 25 Feb.], Michael Bakhtadze / Samuel Dale Johnson, Attilio Glaser / Jorge Puerta [25 Feb.] a. o.
For Verdi, writing opera meant adopting a stance towards the world. It meant getting involved, speaking out and exploring political issues onstage. And few of his works portray the price that an individual has to pay for political power as drastically as SIMON BOCCANEGRA. By dint of his military triumphs, the buccaneer Simon Boccanegra has won fame and prestige in his home town of Genoa. To break the dominance of the ruling aristocracy, Paolo, the leader of the plebeians, seeks to have Simon elected to the office of Doge. Simon, however, is in a relationship with Maria, the daughter of Fiesco, the senior patrician, a coupling that, in its turn, has produced a daughter. Fiesco refuses to let the pair marry and shuts his daughter away in his palace, where she soon dies. Simon discovers the body of his lover there shortly before he is elected Doge. Their daughter, Leonora, has vanished from her foster family, however, only to reappear 25 years later and become embroiled in the ongoing party-political struggles.

The work is staged by the Russian director Vasily Barkhatov, whose most recent work has been for the Staatsoper Hannover, the Lithuanian National Opera and the Theater Basel and who makes his debut at the Theater an der Wien in May 2020 with NORMA. His first work for the Deutsche Oper Berlin was in autumn 2017 with his new production of Aribert Reimann’s L’INVISIBLE. He now returns with SIMON BOCCANEGRA.

Werkinfo:
Opera in an prologue and three actsLibretto by Francesco Maria PiaveFirst performance on 12th March, 1857 in VenicePremiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 29 January 2023

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