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Saturday, February 6, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Simon Boccanegra, February 6, 2016

  

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 (1843) 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 - although the critical one was more encouraging - 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.

The revised version of Simon Boccanegra, with the now-famous Council Chamber scene, was first performed at La Scala in Milan on March 24, 1881. It is this version which is the one frequently performed today.

Simon Boccanegra – Tito Gobbi

Maria Boccanegra – Leyla Gencer

Fiesco – Giorgio Tozzi

Gabriele Adorno – Giuseppe Zampieri

Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Chorus

Gianandrea Gavazzeni - Conductor

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor
10:00pm
10:43pm
Verdi: Il Trovatore: Act One: Tacea la notte placida and Trio (Leonora) BUY ; Guido Picco, conductor
10:58pm
Puccini, Verdi: Opera selections Falstaff,Tosca, Aida, Nabucco w/ Callas BUY ; various, conductor
11:00pm
11:26pm
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera: Teco io sto BUY La Scala; Claudio Abbado, conductor
11:41pm
Puccini: Manon Lescaut, Intermezzo BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Puccini
Naxos 8550240
11:45pm
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts: Ratcliff's Dream BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Mascagni
Naxos 8550240
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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