Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (Dan Rest/Lyric Opera of Chicago)

The summer season of broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago begins with Verdi's epic drama.

The intriguing plot unfolds in the incendiary atmosphere of 14th-century Genoa. The music, both hair-raisingly dramatic and sublimely beautiful, illuminates explosive, primary-color emotion — love, jealousy, rage, remorse.

At the center is the noble and desperately conflicted Boccanegra, Doge of Genoa, his violent conflict with his enemy, the nobleman Fiesco, and their reconciliation.

In the title role is baritone Thomas Hampson, who considers Simon Boccanegra "truly one of the greatest operas ever written."

Ferruccio Furlanetto plays Boccanegra’s arch enemy, Fiesco; Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova is Amelia; and Frank Lopardo is Adorno. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

CAST:
Boccanegra Thomas Hampson
Fiesco  Ferruccio Furlanetto
Amelia  Krassimira Stoyanova
Adorno  Frank Lopardo
Paolo  Quinn Kelsey
Pietro  Evan Boyer

CONDUCTOR: Sir Andrew Davis
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Elijah Moshinsky
LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Martin Wright

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Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner N=Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

The producer for my New Life Expo concert has just on the internet newlifeexpo.com announced a change in date for my October concert from October 19th to October 26th at the New Yorker Hotel. The entire event, spanning three days, was changed to one week later at the same hotel.

May. 25 2013 04:36 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

True to his innate concern for civility, liberty, humanistic relationships and a cry for understanding others' points of view VERDI's operas do not exist for one era only but their beauty and messages will stand for all time. His constructs cover the entire range of emotions and, seemingly, all kinds of stories, personal, political and artistic, even allowing the weather to comment as in the fourth act of Rigoletto. The cast is well-selected particularly
Thomas Hampson and Ferruccio Furlanetto with the astute maestro Sir Andrew Davis and the expectation from the past record of authentic enlightened dramaturgy of Elijah Moshinsky.

May. 25 2013 11:09 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

This opera has its moments but unfortunately, no one is humming the tunes.
Nice cast.

May. 25 2013 08:39 AM

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