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Simon Boccanegra

Giuseppe Verdi

Evelino Pidò | Dirigent
Peter Stein | Regie
Stefan Mayer | Bühne
Moidele Bickel | Kostüme

Dmitri Hvorostovsky | Simon Boccanegra
Ildebrando D`Arcangelo | Fiesco
Ramón Vargas | Gabriele Adorno
Maria Pia Piscitelli | Amelia
N.N. | Paolo
N.N. | Pietro
N.N. | Hauptmann
N.N. | Dienerin

The corsair Simon Boccanegra has been elected Doge of Genoa thanks to the assistance of Paolo Albiani. He hopes that in this position the patrician Jacopo Fiesco will no longer be able to refuse him the hand of his daughter Maria, Simon’s sweetheart and the mother of his daughter. When Maria dies, Jacopo swears to take revenge on Simon unless the latter hands over his granddaughter to him. However, after being put in the care of a nurse, the young girl has disappeared. ​

The fate of Simon’s daughter is explained 25 years later. We learn that she has grown up in the Grimaldi household as the foundling Amelia, and has now fallen in love with the patrician Gabriele Adorno. Simon seeks her hand in marriage for Paolo, who in the meantime has become the Doge’s chancellor. However, when father and daughter recognize one another, Simon abandons this plan. Paolo is enraged, and arranges for Amelia to be abducted, a plot which is foiled by Gabriele. Whilst the senate is in session, he rushes into the council chamber intending to accuse Simon of instigating the abduction. However, Amelia throws herself between them. Simon suspects that Paolo was behind the abduction, and orders him to curse the wrongdoer. Paolo takes revenge by putting poison in Simon’s goblet. Gabriele is also determined to take the Doge’s life, since Paolo has led him to believe that the latter is Amelia’s lover. Once again, Amelia intervenes, and reveals to Gabriele that she is in fact Simon’s daughter. When the patricians approach determined to overthrow the Doge, Gabriele sides with Simon. The uprising is put down, and Paolo condemned to death. However, his poison is already starting to take effect. As he dies, Simon is reconciled with Jacopo when the latter learns that Amelia is his granddaughter.​

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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