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Simon Boccanegra, a corsair, and his lover Maria have a child, but Maria dies in childbirth and her father (Fiesco) refuses to acknowledge Boccanegra as his son-in-law. Boccanegra is later elected Doge of Genoa and, as the years pass and his power grows he is plotted against by Fiesco and Adorno (a young nobleman in love with Fiesco's ward). Boccanegro recognises Fiesco's ward as his lost daughter but is poisoned - the parties are reconciled as Boccanegra dies and declares Adorno his successor. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Running time 2 hours 45 minutes.Performers Alexandru Agache (Simon Boccanegra), Amelia Grimaldi (Tamar Iveri), Marco Berti (Gabriele Adorno), Alan Opie (Paolo), Robert Lloyd (Fiesco), tba (Pietro).
Music Verdi. Company Royal Opera. Conductor Edward Downes. Director Elijah Moshinsky. Design Michael Yeargan. Costume Peter J Hall. Lighting John Harrison.
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