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Live Recording From The Teatro Comunale Florence 2002

Simon Boccanegra CARLO GUELFI
Jacopo Fiesco (Andrea) JULIAN KONSTANTINOV
Maria Boccanegra (Amelia) KARITA MATTILA
Gabriele Adorno VINCENZO LA SCOLA
Paolo Albiani LUCIO GALLO

ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
Conducted by CLAUDIO ABBADO
Directed by PETER STEIN
Co-Director C. P. VON MALDEGHEM
Set Design by STEFAN MAYER
Costume Design by MOIDELE BICKEL

Giuseppe Verdi’s 1857 opera, “Simon Boccanegra”, about the
Genoese doge who in the 14th century strove for settlement
and peace – an allegory for Italy’s modern battle for freedom
-was unsuccessful. It was not until 24 years later that he was
able to produce a new version together with his librettist, Arrigo
Boito, who made the plot more appealing to the audience. But
it is primarily in the music that Verdi now dares to pursue new
avenues which although had already been established, are now
to be consistently followed: arias and recitatives are replaced
by a style of declamation that pervades the entire work. The
orchestra too is ennobled from an accompanying ensemble to
a commentarial one. In the production of the second version
by Peter Stein, one of the biggest theatre directors of the 20th
century, the production becomes a rediscovery of this opera.
Claudio Abbado competently conducts the soloists and the choir
and orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and yields an
extraordinary sound.

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