SIMON BOCCANEGRA - GIUSEPPE VERDI
06.05.2018 - 13.05.2018 | Wiener Staatsoper
Genoa, 1300s. In a public square, Paolo and Pietro conspire to gain power over the aristocracy by electing a popular corsair, Simon Boccanegra, as doge. Boccanegra accepts, hoping it will make possible his marriage to Maria, who has been imprisoned by her father, Jacopo Fiesco, because she bore Boccanegra a daughter out of wedlock. Commoners pledge support to the corsair. When they leave, Fiesco appears, mourning Maria´s death, after which Boccanegra, unaware his beloved is dead, returns and seeks peace with the nobleman. Fiesco demands that he first be given his grandchild, but Boccanegra explains she has disappeared. As Fiesco withdraws, Boccanegra enters the palace, where he discovers Maria´s body. As he staggers outside, the people hail him as doge.
ACT I. Twenty-five years later, in a seaside garden, Amelia Grimaldi awaits her lover, Gabriele Adorno. He arrives, and she expresses fear for their safety in strife between the patricians and plebeians. Gabriele, learning the doge wishes her to marry Paolo, obtains for himself the blessing of Amelia´s guardian, ”Andrea” (the fugitive Fiesco). Determined to overthrow the doge, the men depart. Amelia greets Boccanegra, who pardons her exiled foster brothers. Gratefully the girl tells of her love for Gabriele and her lonely past. When she shows him a portrait of her dead mother, Boccanegra realizes Amelia is his own daughter, Maria, named for her mother, and they embrace. After the doge tells Paolo to forget his plan to marry Amelia, Paolo and Pietro plot to kidnap the girl.
At the doge´s palace, during negotiations for a treaty between Genoa and Venice, angry shouts are heard from the streets below the council chamber. Gabriele rushes in, accusing Boccanegra of plotting Amelia´s abduction. As Gabriele tries to stab the doge, Amelia intervenes and pleads for the life of Gabriele, who suspects she is Boccanegra´s mistress. Amelia describes her abduction, hinting at Paolo´s complicity, and Boccanegra urges the raging spectators to restore peace. He commands Paolo to curse the man behind the kidnaping, and the terrified Paolo obeys; in so doing, he curses himself.
ACT II. In the doge´s quarters at night, Paolo sends Pietro to free Gabriele and ”Andrea” from detention, then pours poison into Boccanegra´s goblet. When Gabriele and ”Andrea” enter, Paolo tries to persuade the old man to assassinate the doge, then incites Gabriele with insinuations about the doge´s relationship with Amelia. The youth raves with jealousy until Amelia enters, but before she can explain, Boccanegra approaches. Gabriele hides while Amelia asks the doge to pardon her lover, for she would rather die than live without him; Boccanegra agrees, on the condition that Gabriele desert the conspirators. Left alone, the ruler drinks from the cup, noting that even pure water tastes bitter to a man who reigns, and falls asleep. Gabriele, having overheard nothing, advances and is about to strike the doge with a dagger when he is stopped by Amelia; he at last learns that she is Boccanegra´s daughter. The doge forgives the contrite man, while Amelia prays to her mother in heaven. As a mob is heard outside, Gabriele refuses the doge´s request that he rejoin the patricians, saying he will try to pacify them or else die in Boccanegra´s defense. The doge tells him Amelia´s hand will be his reward.
ACT III. Genoa is celebrating Boccanegra´s victory over the rebels. ”Andrea,” set free, encounters the traitorous Paolo, who has been condemned to death, and who tells him he has poisoned the doge. A herald announces the revelry must end in memory of the fallen heroes; then Boccanegra comes in, mortally ill. ”Andrea” reveals he is Fiesco — only to learn from the doge the actual identity of Amelia. The old man weeps at learning the truth too late and tells Boccanegra of the vengeful Paolo´s poison. As the doge dies, he blesses the young couple, naming Gabriele his successor. Fiesco sadly announces the news to the people.
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Dates May 2018
Genoa, 1300s. In a public square, Paolo and Pietro conspire >> Read more
Dates May 2018
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