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'Simon Boccanegra' in Turin,
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI

 

Giuseppe Verdi took almost twenty-five years to complete the definitive version of Simon Boccanegra (Very Welcome, 27 March 2010). With extensive re-writing of the libretto by Arrigo Boito as well as many changes in the score, after a failure in Venice in 1857 and a lukewarm result in Piacenza and other theatres in 1859-60, the opera was eventually a success at La Scala in 1881. Nonetheless, for decades, Simon Boccanegra has been considered a minor opera in the Verdi catalogue. Many authors write that its revival during the second part of the twentieth century was due to Claudio Abbado's 1971 La Scala production, which traveled all over the world...

Copyright © 14 November 2013 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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GIUSEPPE VERDI

SIMON BOCCANEGRA

ARRIGO BOITO

1979

GENOA

TURIN

ITALY

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