Salzburg Festival 2019: Simon Boccanegra


Giuseppe Verdi’s emotional political thriller, brilliantly captured in Andreas Kriegenburg’s puristic staging, becomes a musical feast in Salzburg, starring a high-class ensemble under Valery Gergiev’s baton. The gloomy plot of Simon Boccanegra is about fateful concatenations and intrigues of power, a reflection of the present radicalized world in Kriegenburg’s “clear and levelheaded staging, which highlighted the relationship between Boccanegra (an expressive Luca Salsi) and Fiesco (vibrant-sounding René Pape)” (The New York Times). The Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka enchants as Amelia with a clear and powerful lyrical voice and Charles Castronovo “sings himself as Gabriele Adorno as the most radiant soloist of the evening towards the top league” ( Valery Gergiev provides for an excellent musical realization, the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor perform superbly: “The Wiener Philharmoniker seemed to have virtually conspired with the conductor and the work, shining into every hidden sound angle, playing out all their sovereignty and opera experience” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Additional Info

  • No: A04050116
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
  • Artists: Luca Salsi, Marina Rebeka, Charles Castronovo, René Pape, André Heyboer,Antonio di Matteo
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 02:20:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Andreas Kriegenburg
  • Producers: ORF/3sat, UNITEL in cooperation with Wiener Philharmoniker and Salzburg Festival
  • Format: 4K
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