Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

Melodramma in einem Prolog & drei Akten

Text Francesco Maria Piave & Arrigo Boito

by Antonio García Gutiérrez

Saturday 13. April 2024 19:30 – 22:30 One intermission Main Stage
Cycle »Viva Verdi!«

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Season 2023/2024

For lovers of Verdi operas, "VIVA VERDI!" brings together four of his most popular operas at intervals of around two months throughout the season.

31. October 2023: OTELLO
13. January 2024: I VESPRI SICILIANI
13. April 2024: SIMON BOCCANEGRA
08. June 2024: NABUCCO

Cast at
13. April 2024

Musikalische Leitung

Marco Armiliato


Peter Stein


Stefan Mayer


Moidele Bickel

About the Production

Short Summary

Populism, power-grabbing, the ability to influence a fickle crowd: themes that could not be more topical.

Based on the historical Genoese Doge Simon Boccanegra at the end of the Middle Ages, Verdi portrays a ruler who desperately tries to rule well, keep hostile factions in check and ultimately becomes a victim himself, as a kind of scapegoat.

Simon Boccanegra


The corsair Simon Boccanegra has himself elected Doge of Genoa with the help of Paolo.

He believes that in this position, the patrician Jacopo Fiesco can no longer refuse him the hand of his daughter Maria - Boccanegra's lover and the mother of his daughter. But Maria dies and Fiesco swears revenge on Boccanegra unless he hands over his granddaughter. But the girl, who has been entrusted to the care of a nurse, has disappeared.

The fate of Boccanegra's daughter is clarified 25 years later. As a foundling, Amelia was taken in by the Grimaldi family and falls in love with the patrician Gabriele Adorno. Boccanegra asks her to marry Paolo, who has since become his chancellor. When father and daughter recognize each other, however, he abandons the proposal. Paolo is outraged and has Amelia kidnapped, but this is thwarted by Adorno.

While the Senate is in session, he breaks into the meeting room and wants to pounce on Boccanegra as the alleged instigator of the kidnapping. Amelia, however, intervenes. Boccanegra, who recognizes Paolo as the man responsible for the kidnapping, demands that he pronounce the curse on the criminal. Paolo takes revenge by poisoning Boccanegra's sleeping draught. Adorno also tries to kill the Doge, as Paolo claims that he is Amelia's lover.

But Amelia intervenes again and reveals herself to Adorno as Boccanegra's daughter. When the patricians move to overthrow the Doge, Adorno takes Boccanegra's side. The rebellion is crushed, Paolo is sentenced to death, but his poison is already having an effect. Dying, Boccanegra reconciles with Fiesco, who learns that Amelia is his granddaughter.

Prologue & Act 1 80 MIN
Intermission 30 MIN
Act 2 & 3 60 MIN

Musically, Giuseppe Verdi's opera Simon Boccanegra, radically reworked around 25 years after its premiere together with the congenial librettist Arrigo Boito and presented anew in 1881, is one of his great, mature late works, which already point ahead to Otello and Falstaff.

Like Rigoletto, Don Carlo and Aida, Simon Boccanegra is an opera of duets. Verdi developed the character of the unhappy Doge, torn apart by his love, in his confrontation with his adversaries.

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