Opéra de Paris

Simon Boccanegra

In Cinemas 22, 23, 24 & 27 Feb 2019
Fabio Luisi
Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris
Ludovic Tézier (Simon Boccanegra), Mika Kares (Jacopo Fiesco), Maria Agresta (Maria Boccanegra), Francesco Demuro (Gabriele Adorno), Nicola Alaimo (Paolo Albani), Mikhail Timoshenko (Pietro)
Giuseppe Verdi
Calixto Bieito
Set Design
Susanne Gschwender
Approx.2h50 incl. interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from the Opéra Bastille, Paris 13 Dec 2018
Official Event Listing
  • Precise, tender and passionate. Ludovic Tézier is utterly compelling, growing from youthful despair through firm leadership to ultimate resignation, always expressive, always strong.
    Shirley Apthorp, THE FINANCIAL TIMES
    Sumptuous. Bieito offers a singular and coherent vision, a psychological depth to the Verdien drama. This is a production that will be remembered.
    Tristan Labouret, BACHTRACK

New Production! The ambiguities of Verdi’s theatre are particularly clear in his baritone roles, among which is that of Boccanegra (here the talented French baritone Ludovic Tézier), corsair turned doge of Genoa and the troubled observer of the conflicts that tore apart 14th century landowners and peasants.

An eminently political opera in which power struggles are interwoven with family conflicts, Simon Boccanegra echoes the life of its composer – the man who championed the cause of Italian unification and overcame the loss of his wife and children. 

Calixto Bieito, that most Shakespearean of opera directors, brings humanism and truth to a work haunted by gleaming images of the sea. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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