Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
A live recording from 2002 featuring the Wiener Staatsoper and a spectacular international cast.
Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor
Daniele Gatti, Conductor
Peter Stein, Director
Simon Boccanegra: Thomas Hampson
Maria Boccanegra: Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
Jacopo Fiesco: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Paolo Albiani: Boaz Daniel
Pietro: Dan Paul Dumitrescu
TDK presents a “visually alert, musically sensitive and disturbingly coherent” (The Standard) production of Simon Boccanegra on DVD, one of Verdi’s lesser known works yet regarded by many opera lovers as one of his finest.
American baritone Thomas Hampson is one of the most versatile opera and lieder singers of the present day. He first sang Simon Boccanegra in Vienna, receiving rave reviews for “using vocal means alone to indicate the decisive moments in the action with the mastery of the lieder interpreter. Rarely are striking theatrical emotions such as faith, love and hope on the part of a reluctant ruler, desperate lover and loving father so credibly realised in music as they are by Thomas Hampson.” (The Standard).