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Saturday, May 2, 2015 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Simon Boccanegra, May 2, 2015

  

Simon Boccanegra is an opera with a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Simón Bocanegra by Antonio García Gutiérrez, whose play El trovador had been the basis for Verdi's 1853 opera, Il trovatore.

Simon Boccanegra was first performed at Teatro La Fenice in Venice on March 12, 1857. Given the complications of the original plot and the generally poor popular response the opera dropped out of favour after 1866. Finally, 23 years later, Verdi's publisher persuaded the composer to revise the opera, with text changes to be prepared by Arrigo Boito, the librettist who aspired to work with the aging composer on a project which eventually became a new opera, Otello, but to which Verdi had not totally committed at that time. This 1977 recording stars Piero Cappuccilli and Jose Carreras. Claudio Abbado conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:07pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra BUY ; Claudio Abbado, conductor
10:00pm
10:40pm
Leontyne Price: La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall
10:45pm
Giacomo Puccini: Madame Butterfly: Tu, Tu, piccolo iddio BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall; composed by Giacomo Puccini
10:47pm
Cilea: Andriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall; composed by Cilea
10:55pm
Puccini: La rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall; composed by Puccini
10:57pm
Leontyne Price: Ride On, King Jesus BUY from Return to Carnegie Hall
11:00pm
11:05pm
Verdi: Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Requiem & Kyrie BUY NBC Symphony Orchestra; Toscanini, conductor
11:35pm
Verdi: Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra (Quattro pezzi sacri): Te Deum (No. 4 Quattro pezzi sacri) BUY from The Verdi Recordings [Box Set]; composed by Verdi
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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