Giuseppe Verdi – Simon Boccanegra


Opera with a prologue, in two parts, in three acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

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In the spring of 1856, the management of Venice’s Teatro La Fenice commissioned Verdi to write a new opera. They soon soon settled on a subject: Spanish dramatist Antonio García Gutiérrez’s play Simón Bocanegra. The next year’s premiere enjoyed only lacklustre success, but later on, in 1879, the composer returned to the work, making major changes to it with the assistance of librettist Arrigo Boito. Two years later, at Milan’s La Scala, the opera received tremendous acclaim, which has been repeated around the world ever since. This dramatic story of passion, treachery, love, kidnapping, poisoning and death combined with Verdi’s marvellous music has made Simon Boccanegra into one of the most important pieces in the composer’s oeuvre.

Conductor: Balázs Kocsár
Simon Boccanegra: Alexandru Agache
Amelia Grimaldi: Andrea Rost / Polina Pasztircsák
Jacopo Fiesco: András Palerdi / Gábor Bretz
Gabriele Adorno: Arturo Chacón-Cruz / Attila Fekete
Paolo Albiani: Csaba Szegedi
Marcell Bakonyi / Attila Dobák
Captain of the crossbowmen: Gábor Csiki
Amelia’ maid: N.N.

Librettist: Arrigo Boito / Francesco Maria Piave
Director: Ivan Stefanutti
Set and costume designer: Ivan Stefanutti
Light designer: Claudio Schmid
Choir Master: Kálmán Strausz