Notes and Editorial Reviews
14th-Century Genoa is the setting for Simon Boccanegra, one of Verdi's grandest works, and Peter Hall's elegant production, with its palpable sense of atmosphere evoked by John Gunter's sets and costimes, captures perfectly the shadowy world of scheming power politics, set against a shimmering backdrop of the omnipresent sea. Two of Verdi's recurring themes - the beauty of family love and the impossibility of even the best-intentioned political power - are uinted in Simon Boccanegra, an opera whose tenderness and insight can only leave the listener uplifted. Boccanegra's great cry for peace and reconcilliation echoes round the world today as powerfully as it did in the divided Italy of his own lifetime. Starring Elena Prokina and Giancarlo
Pasquetto. Performed at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with Mark Elder conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sung in Italian with subtitles available in English, German, and Spanish.
Full Screen 4:3, Dolby Digital Sound.
Works on This Recording
Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi
Yelena Prokina (Soprano),
Giancarlo Pasquetto (Baritone),
Peter Sidhom (Baritone),
Daniel Borowski (Bass),
Alastair Miles (Bass)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1857; Italy
Be the first to review this title