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The bicentennial 'Simon Boccanegra' in Parma,
appreciated by GIUSEPPE PENNISI


For decades, Simon Boccanegra has been considered a minor opera in the catalogue of Verdi's works. It was seldom performed because it was thought to have an obscure libretto and monotonously dark music. Many authors write that its revival during the second part of the twentieth century was due to Claudio Abbado's La Scala production, which traveled to the United States in 1976. I beg to differ. The real discovery of the beauties in Boccanegra was due to the efforts of Gianandrea Gavazzeni...

Copyright © 27 March 2010 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy






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