Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

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Placido Domingo, the LA Opera's general director, sings the title role in Verdi's tale of a tormented doge in 14th-century Genoa. Here the 71-year-old tenor takes on a baritone role that has become a calling card in recent seasons.

Playing Boccanegra's long-lost daughter Amelia, who has fallen in love with her father's political rival, is the Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez. Paolo Gavanelli is the villain who tries to abduct Amelia and eventually kills Simon. Ukranian baritone Vitalij Kowaljow is Fiesco, who raised Amelia without knowing he's actually her grandfather.

James Conlon conducts this production by Elijah Moshinsky.

CAST:
Simon Boccanegra: Placido Domingo
Amelia: Ana Maria Martinez
Jacopo Fiesco: Vitalij Kowaljow
Gabriele Adorno: Stefano Secco
Paolo Albiani: Paolo Gavanelli
Pietro: Robert Pomakov

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Elijah Moshinsky
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR & CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon