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Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

  • Lisner Auditorium 730 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20052 (map)


This somber story named for a real life 14th century Doge of Genoa contains some of Verdi’s most beautiful music. Simon Boccanegra is full of subtle, well-balanced contrasts:  it is a mixture of a powerful, political drama and a personal drama; and its structure shifts from the traditional aria-based scenes to through-composed scenes and acts. It is a hybrid, resulting from an over two-decade time lag between its two versions, but one that is exquisitely seamless and features a demanding title role that rivals Macbeth or Rigoletto.

Four celebrated opera stars return to WCO: baritone Lester Lynch in the title role, soprano Marina Costa-Jackson as Maria (Amelia), tenor Charles Castronovo as Adorno, and baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Paolo. 

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Lester Lynch   (Simon Boccanegra)

Lester Lynch
(Simon Boccanegra)

Marina Costa-Jackson   (Maria Boccanegra/Amelia Grimaldi)

Marina Costa-Jackson
(Maria Boccanegra/Amelia Grimaldi)

Charles Castronovo   (Gabriele Adorno)

Charles Castronovo
(Gabriele Adorno)

Musa Ngqungwana   (Paolo Albiani)

Musa Ngqungwana
(Paolo Albiani)


1) Fathers, Daughters And Fate: Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, by Bruce Scott for NPR and Houston Grand Opera

2) Marina Poplavskaya (Amelia Grimaldi) and Plácido Domingo (Simon Boccanegra) sing 'Orfanella il tetto umile' duet from Act I scene 1 of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

Earlier Event: November 24
Hamlet Cast Party
Later Event: April 5
Simon Boccanegra Cast Party