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Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra

Story & Setting:

Verdi’s opera of political and family intrigue is based on a historical figure who became Genoa’s doge in 1339. The inspiration to create the opera came from the Spanish play by Antonio García Gutiérrez, whose El Trovador had been previously set by Verdi. The title politician struggles to maintain his position amongst numerous plots to overthrow him, while also grappling with being reunited with a long lost daughter. Boccanegra serves as both a leader and an outsider, and is one of the most compelling roles in the baritone repertoire.

Opera Notes:

The original and revised versions for the libretto came from frequent Verdi collaborators Francesco Maria Piave and Arrigo Boito, respectively. The revision was completed more than two decades after the initial premiere in 1857, which Verdi felt had been “too sad, too desolate.” He made several large adjustments through the score, including adding more contrast and variety in the first act. While Verdi’s signature rousing melodies can be found in this opera, much of its beauty lies in the sophisticated orchestral role and smaller moments that deepen characterizations, particularly for the doge.

Sung in



3 hours & 15 minutes

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


"Plebe, patrizi, popolo" (Vladimir Chernov)

Met Opera (current production)

Duet "Propizio ei giunge" (Joseph Calleja, Ferruccio Furlanetto)

Met Opera (current production)

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