No opera of Giuseppe Verdi’s is darker in musical colour or emotional tone than Simon Boccanegra, a convoluted tale of a pirate-turned-doge in medieval Genoa, persecuted by his old enemy and haunted by both the loss of his wife and his failure to placate warring factions. Exploring themes of love, authority and freedom, add some Italian flavour to your evening by experiencing the intensity and dramatic power of one of Verdi’s greatest works.
Having first premiered in 1857 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, this four-part show is returning to the Gran Teatre del Liceu on April 12th for its 34th performance at the venue, and will run until April 29th. Playing the eponymous protagonist is 75-year-old Plácido Domingo who—according to the Telegraph—“paints the character with an imposing presence” and “is one of the very greatest opera singers in history”. Witness his tragic demise for yourself in an operatic feast that guarantees riveting music, an opulent set and chaotic Italian politics. From the soft-grained string prelude to the sombre last act, this is a production that shows a master composer at the peak of his powers.
Tickets are available from €12. More information here.