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Sun. May 13, 2018, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Vienna

Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

Conductor: Evelino Pidò, Director: Peter Stein
With Thomas Hampson, Dmitry Belosselskiy, Francesco Meli, Marina Rebeka

This production is made possible thanks to the support of

Evelino Pidò | Conductor

Evelino Pidò recieved his musical training at the Conservatoire in Turin and took courses for orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. His international career began with the opening of the Three Worlds Festival in Melbourne with Madama Butterfly; it was followed by conducting engagements at the Sydney Opera House. In 1993 Evelino Pidò gave his debuts at the Santa Fe Festival in America, at the Los Angeles Opera and the Royal Opera House in London. Other engagements have taken him to the festival in Aix-en-Provence, at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Opéra National de Lyon and the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. At the Royal Opera House, he conducted La cenerentola and Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Teatro Real La gioconda and at the Met La sonnambula. He collaborates with numerous renowned orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and many others. In 2011, he gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera with La Sonnambula. Further performances at the house on the ring include Anna Bolena, Roberto Devereux, Simon Boccanegra and Adriana Lecouvreur.

Thomas Hampson | Simon Boccanegra

Biography coming soon.

Dmitry Belosselskiy | Fiesco

DMITRY BELOSSELSKIY studied in the Russian Academy of Music. He then went on to perform at several renound stages, most notably the Salzburger Festspielen, the Milan Scala, the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the New Yorker Metropolitan Opera, the Bavarian Staatsoper, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Bolschoi-Theatre, the Zurich Opera, Tel Aviv, the Choregies d’Orange, and the Bregenzer Festspielen. His repertoire includes works such as Giuseppe Verdis Il trovatore, Fiesco in Giuseppe Verdis Simon Boccanegra, Zaccaria in Giuseppe Verdis Nabucco, Philipp II. in Giuseppe Verdis Don Carlo, the leading role in Modest Mussorgskis Boris Godunow, Malatesta in Francesca da Rimini, Banquo in Giuseppe Verdis Macbeth, the leading role in Giuseppe Verdis Attila, Escamillo in Georges Bizets Carmen and Oroveso in Vincenzo Bellinis Norma. Recent engagements include e.g. Ramfis in Aida and Silva in Ernani (at the Met) as well as appearances at the Scala and in Chicago. At the Wiener Staatsoper he made his debut in 2014 as Zaccaria in Nabucco.

Francesco Meli | Gabriele Adorno

English biography coming soon.

Marina Rebeka | Amelia

Marina Rebeka was born in Riga/Latvia. In October 2007 she won the first prize in the renowned singing competition Neue Stimmen in Gütersloh. She sang Violetta in La traviata at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, she performed in Moise et Pharaon at the Salzburger Festspiele, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro she interpreted the Contessa di Folleville and Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims, also Anna in Maometto II., at the New York Metropolitan Opera she sang Donna Anna – a role which she also performed at the Zürcher Oper and the Lyric Opera Chicago. 

Marina Rebeka made her debut at La Scala in Milan as Contessa di Folleville and at the Latvian National Opera Riga as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Furthermore, performances have led her to the Komische Oper Berlin and the Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy. Future engagements include appearances in La traviata in Munich, Chicago, Zurich and New York, in Lucia di Lammermoor in Amsterdam and Zurich as well as in Così fan tutte and L’elisir d’amore in Zurich.

The corsair Simon Boccanegra has been elected Doge of Genoa thanks to the assistance of Paolo Albiani. He hopes that in this position the patrician Jacopo Fiesco will no longer be able to refuse him the hand of his daughter Maria, Simon’s sweetheart and the mother of his daughter. When Maria dies, Jacopo swears to take revenge on Simon unless the latter hands over his granddaughter to him. However, after being put in the care of a nurse, the young girl has disappeared. The fate of Simon’s daughter is explained 25 years later. We learn that she has grown up in the Grimaldi household as the foundling Amelia, and has now fallen in love with the patrician Gabriele Adorno. Simon seeks her hand in marriage for Paolo, who in the meantime has become the Doge’s chancellor. However, when father and daughter recognize one another, Simon abandons this plan. Paolo is enraged, and arranges for Amelia to be abducted, a plot which is foiled by Gabriele. Whilst the senate is in session, he rushes into the council chamber intending to accuse Simon of instigating the abduction. However, Amelia throws herself between them. Simon suspects that Paolo was behind the abduction, and orders him to curse the wrongdoer. Paolo takes revenge by putting poison in Simon’s goblet. Gabriele is also determined to take the Doge’s life, since Paolo has led him to believe that the latter is Amelia’s lover. Once again, Amelia intervenes, and reveals to Gabriele that she is in fact Simon’s daughter. When the patricians approach determined to overthrow the Doge, Gabriele sides with Simon. The uprising is put down, and Paolo condemned to death. However, his poison is already starting to take effect. As he dies, Simon is reconciled with Jacopo when the latter learns that Amelia is his granddaughter.

Simon Boccanegra