Simon Boccanegra

Music Giuseppe Verdi Text Francesco Maria Piave & Arrigo Boito nach Antonio García Gutiérrez
→ Melodramma in einem Prolog & drei Akten

18. September 2020
Friday
19.00 - 22.00
1 intermission
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Cast 18.09.2020

Musical Direction Evelino Pidò
Production Peter Stein
Stage Design Stefan Mayer
Costume Design Moidele Bickel

Details

Populism, abuse of office, a party's welfare put before the common good, political alliances for private power plays, an easily influenced fickle crowd – the issues »Simon Boccanegra« delves into could not be more current. Giuseppe Verdi's opera, which was radically reworked some 25 years after its premiere and newly presented in 1881, now musically counts among his great, mature late works. The multi-layered title figure, who strives for justice and harmony, needed an artistic authority with a charismatic stage presence: in 2009, Plácido Domingo successfully – and emblematically of his late phase as it were – included Simon Boccanegra in his repertoire as his first baritone role. He will return as Simon Boccanegra to the Vienna State Opera with the opening of the new season. His political and private adversary Fiesco will be sung by Austrian bass Günther Groissböck, who will make his debut with this equally important Verdi role both in Vienna and on an international level.

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