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Simon Boccanegra

on April 08, 2024
This is the page for the performance on April 08, 2024.
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Music Giuseppe Verdi Text Francesco Maria Piave & Arrigo Boito
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13. April 2024
19.30 - 22.30
1 intermission
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Cast 08.04.2024

Conductor Marco Armiliato
Production Peter Stein
Stage Design Stefan Mayer
Costume Design Moidele Bickel



Populism, fighting for offices, influenceable, fickle masses – the themes running through »Simon Boccanegra« could not be any more current. Based on the historical figure of the Genovese Doge Simon Boccanegra, Verdi shows us a leader figure desperately trying to rule well and who finally himself becomes a victim, a kind of scapegoat. Musically, Verdi’s opera, radically reworked 25 years after its debut and re-presented in 1881, belongs to his great, mature later work.

Program booklet (2,50€)


The corsair Simon Boccanegra is elected Doge of Genoa with the help of Paolo. He believes that, thanks to this position, the patrician Jacopo Fiesco would no longer be able to refuse him the hand of his daughter Maria – Boccanegra’s lover and mother of his daughter. However, Maria passes away and Fiesco swears revenge on Boccanegra, unless he hands over his granddaughter. Yet the girl, who was entrusted to the care of a caretaker, has disappeared.

The fate of Boccanegra’s daughter is finally resolved 25 years later. She was accepted into the Grimaldi family as foundling Amelia and fell in love with the patrician Gabriele Adorno. Boccanegra asks her to marry Paolo, who has since become his chancellor. When father and daughter recognise each other, he gives up this plan, however. Paolo is furious and has Amelia kid- napped, but Adorno thwarts this. While the Senate is in session, he bursts into the assembly hall and wants to pounce on Bocca- negra as the alleged instigator of this abduction. But Amelia throws herself in between them. Boccanegra, recognising Paolo as the person responsible for the abduction, asks him to cast the curse on the criminal. Paolo takes revenge by poisoning Boccanegra’s nightcap. Adorno, too, seeks to kill the doge as Paolo claims that the doge is Amelia’s lover. Yet again, Amelia throws herself in between and reveals herself to Adorno as Boccanegra’s daughter. When the patricians approach to over- throw the doge, Gabriele sides with Simon. The rebellion is crushed, Paolo is sentenced to death, but his poison is already taking effect. Dying, Boccanegra reconciliates with Fiesco, who learns that Amelia is his granddaughter.


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