Opéra de Paris

Simon Boccanegra

In Cinemas 22, 23, 24 & 27 Feb 2019
Conductor
Fabio Luisi
Orchestra
Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris
Cast
Ludovic Tézier (Simon Boccanegra), Mika Kares (Jacopo Fiesco), Maria Agresta (Maria Boccanegra / Amelia Grimaldi ), Francesco Demuro (Gabriele Adorno), Nicola Alaimo (Paolo Albani), Mikhail Timoshenko (Pietro)
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
Director
Calixto Bieito
Set Design
Susanne Gschwender
Duration
3h10 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
    An absolutely stunning experience. Bieito's production is able to focus on the sheer depth of feeling for a father for his daughter, for his family, for his regrets. The cast sings with unadorned, unguarded, unredacted pure emotion.
    Keris Nine, OPERAJOURNAL
    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, corsair turned Doge of Genoa and the troubled observer of the conflicts that tore apart 14th century landowners and peasants.

A searing and 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. Written in the late 1850s following the triumphs of La TraviataRigoletto and Il Trovatore, and revised some years later as a mature composer, this captivating and intensely emotional score bears the hallmarks of Verdi at his greatest. 

In the murky political waters of 14th century Genoa, the elected ruler Boccanegra (here, the exceptional French baritone Ludovic Tézier), once a pirate captain, is now a powerful man. But the secrets of his past haunt him: twenty-five years ago, his young lover Maria died, and their daughter mysteriously vanished.

Maria’s nobleman father Jacopo Fiesco (Mika Kares), swore vengeance, and now lives in hiding, plotting with Gabriele (Francesco Demuro), the lover of Amelia (Maria Agresta) his adopted daughter, to overthrow the Doge. Boccanegra is about to discover his lost daughter in the most unexpected place, but is it too late to change the course of his life? And who can he trust? In the Council of Genoa, friendly faces hide dark intentions, and Boccanegra’s enemies are already rising…

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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