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