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Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra


Giuseppe Verdi : Simon Boccanegra

Release Date: January 26, 1995

Year    :   1995
Slogan    :   «The Met Offers a New 'Boccanegra'»
Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Deutsche Grammophon, The Metropolitan Opera
Director    :   Giancarlo Del Monaco, Brian Large
Producers    :   Louisa Briccetti, Joseph Volpe
Writers    :   Francesco Maria Piave, Arrigo Boito
RunTime    :   140 mins.

This evocative production by Giancarlo Del Monaco sumptuously captures the look and feel of 14th century Genoa and is a perfect compliment to Verdi’s setting of this story of searing conflict between public duty and private grief. Plácido Domingo is Gabriele Adorno, sworn enemy of the doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra (Vladimir Chernov). Gabriele is in love with the beautiful Amelia (Kiri Te Kanawa at her most affecting) who turns out to be none other than the long-lost daughter the doge. James Levine’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra and chorus reveals the dark power of Verdi’s score. Performed January 26th, 1995.


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