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Simon Boccanegra

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Marco Armiliato | Dirigent
Peter Stein | Regie
Stefan Mayer | Bühne
Moidele Bickel | Kostüme

Dmitri Hvorostovsky | Simon Boccanegra
Ferruccio Furlanetto | Fiesco
Francesco Meli | Gabriele Adorno
Barbara Frittoli | Amelia

PROLOGUE. Genoa, 1300s. In a public square, Paolo and Pietro conspire to gain power over the aristocracy by electing a popular corsair, Simon Boccanegra, as doge. Boccanegra accepts, hoping it will make possible his marriage to Maria, who has been imprisoned by her father, Jacopo Fiesco, because she bore Boccanegra a daughter out of wedlock.

ACT I. Twenty-five years later, in a seaside garden, Amelia Grimaldi awaits her lover, Gabriele Adorno. He arrives, and she expresses fear for their safety in strife between the patricians and plebeians. Gabriele, learning the doge wishes her to marry Paolo, obtains for himself the blessing of Amelia's guardian, "Andrea" (the fugitive Fiesco). Determined to overthrow the doge, the men depart...

ACT II. In the doge's quarters at night, Paolo sends Pietro to free Gabriele and "Andrea" from detention, then pours poison into Boccanegra's goblet. When Gabriele and "Andrea" enter, Paolo tries to persuade the old man to assassinate the doge, then incites Gabriele with insinuations about the doge's relationship with Amelia. The youth raves with jealousy until Amelia enters, but before she can explain, Boccanegra approaches. Gabriele hides while Amelia asks the doge to pardon her lover, for she would rather die than live without him; Boccanegra agrees, on the condition that Gabriele desert the conspirators...

ACT III. Genoa is celebrating Boccanegra's victory over the rebels. "Andrea," set free, encounters the traitorous Paolo, who has been condemned to death, and who tells him he has poisoned the doge. A herald announces the revelry must end in memory of the fallen heroes; then Boccanegra comes in, mortally ill. "Andrea" reveals he is Fiesco — only to learn from the doge the actual identity of Amelia....

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