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English Touring Opera - Simon Boccanegra

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Friday 17th May 2013

Perth Theatre, 19:30

This event was part of the 2013 Festival Programme.

Simon Boccanegra

Giuseppe Verdi 

A sombre story of family ties, love and politics set to some of the most beautiful music Verdi ever wrote.


Conductor - Michael Rosewell
Director - James Conway
Designer - Samal Blak
Lighting Designer -Ace McCarron


ETO’s first new Verdi production for several years is Simon Boccanegra – a mature masterpiece, and an intimate drama uniquely suited to English Touring Opera theatres.

The story comes from the history of Genoa, for centuries a great maritime republic, and from it Verdi creates an impassioned plea for Italian unity.

The composer’s musical depiction of the shimmering Mediterranean is wonderful; so too are the characters he creates, from the rough-hewn buccaneer-turned-ruler (the title role, played by Craig Smith) to his spiteful adversary and father-in-law (Fiesco, Keel Watson); from the embittered traitor (Paolo, Grant Doyle) to the idealistic Adorno (Charne Rochford).

This is a massive undertaking for English Touring Opera, with an unusually large chorus and orchestra – a personal ambition of ETO General Director James Conway and Music Director Michael Rosewell, supported with a special grant from the Peter Moores Foundation.

New production
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes (incl. one 20 minute interval).

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