Verdi's Simon Boccanegra features some of the Italian master's most beautiful and challenging music, setting the tone for a tale of class tension in 14th-century Genoa.
"It’s one of the most complicated baritone roles ever written!" exclaimed Dmitri Hvorostovsky in a Met interview regarding his leading role. "The musical challenges are obvious when you listen to the opera, but the human side and the acting is even more demanding."
With this run of the opera, the Siberian-born Hvorostovsky takes on the troubled doge for the first time at the Met, adding in his interview, "It has always been my dream to become a Verdi baritone, and I have put a lot of work and faith into this path of my career." Maestro James Levine returns to the Met podium to lead one of his favorite operas.
Conductor: James Levine
Amelia: Barbara Frittoli
Gabriele: Ramón Vargas
Simon: Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Fiesco: Ferruccio Furlanetto