This spectacular DVD of Verdi’s opera features Thomas Hampson who just starred in a run of Giancarlo del Monaco’s production of “Simon Boccanegra” at the Met. The outstanding baritone is joined by an impressive cast which includes such favorites as Cristina Gallardo-Domâs and Ferruccio Furlanetto in a sumptuous production from the Vienna State Opera.

Mr. Hampson first sang the role of Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera in 2002 and celebrated a phenomenal success. Anne Midgette of the New York Times wrote: “He gave a performance that kept one wanting to listen. And his way of investing words with meaning – the hallmark of a Lied specialist and the reason Mr. Hampson can be such a fine recitalist – made small things illuminating or suddenly poignant: a phrase would gently reach out and touch you to tears.”

Staged by Peter Stein

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker · Daniele Gatti

CAST
Simon Boccanegra:
Thomas Hampson
Maria Boccanegra: Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
Jacopo Fiesco: Ferruccio Furlanetto

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