Simon Boccanegra

Giuseppe Verdi [1813 – 1901]

19:30 - 22:30
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Opera in an prologue and three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
First performance on 12th March, 1857 in Venice
Premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 29 January 2023

recommended from 15 years

3 hrs / with interval

In Italian with German and English surtitles

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

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For Verdi, writing opera meant adopting a stance towards the world. It meant getting involved, speaking out and exploring political issues onstage. And few of his works portray the price that an individual has to pay for political power as drastically as SIMON BOCCANEGRA. By dint of his military triumphs, the buccaneer Simon Boccanegra has won fame and prestige in his home town of Genoa. To break the dominance of the ruling aristocracy, Paolo, the leader of the plebeians, seeks to have Simon elected to the office of Doge. Simon, however, is in a relationship with Maria, the daughter of Fiesco, the senior patrician, a coupling that, in its turn, has produced a daughter. Fiesco refuses to let the pair marry and shuts his daughter away in his palace, where she soon dies. Simon discovers the body of his lover there shortly before he is elected Doge. Their daughter, Leonora, has vanished from her foster family, however, only to reappear 25 years later and become embroiled in the ongoing party-political struggles.

The work is staged by the Russian director Vasily Barkhatov, whose most recent work has been for the Staatsoper Hannover, the Lithuanian National Opera and the Theater Basel and who makes his debut at the Theater an der Wien in May 2020 with NORMA. His first work for the Deutsche Oper Berlin was in autumn 2017 with his new production of Aribert Reimann’s L’INVISIBLE. He now returns with SIMON BOCCANEGRA.

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Today in the foyer: "St. Nicholas is coming
17.00 h / Rank foyer on the right
Duration: approx. 25 minutes / free admission

The visit of Father Christmas is a cherished tradition at the Advent Calendar of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This time we encourage our younger guests to get active themselves and share with us their favourite experiences from the past year. While enchanting music plays and Father Christmas is sure to have a sweet or two in his luggage, we invite you to take part in a small interactive activity. This year, our Father Christmas will be accompanied by the young Italian soprano Elisa Verzier.

In 2016 she made her debut at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste in Mendelssohn's EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM and as Serpina in Paisiello's LA SERVA PADRONA. Her church music repertoire includes Mozart's "Coronation Mass", Handel's "Messiah", John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" and several pieces by Pergolesi, Schubert and Bach. Elisa Verzier has won numerous competitions. Her next engagements include Norina / DON PASQUALE in Trieste and La Contessa / LA SCUOLA DEI GELOSI in Turin. In the 2022/23 season she is engaged as a scholarship holder of the Förderkreis in the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will sing Pamina / DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Marzelline / FIDELIO, Frasquita / CARMEN, Musetta / LA BOHÈME and Zerlina / DON GIOVANNI, among others.