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Opera Guide: Simon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra is one of the most fascinating of Verdi's operas. He wrote a first version for performances in 1857, during the years of his early maturity, and revised it in 1881 in partnership with Arrigo Boito, with whom he would work on his final operas, Otello and Falstaff. It is a work that has taken some time to become an established part of the international repertory, not least because of the perceived complexity of its plot. In this guide, Rodolfo Celletti explains the historical background to the opera and James Hepokowski provides an introduction to the 1881 score. Desmond Shawe-Taylor explores the relationship between Verdi and the singers who undertook roles in both versions of the opera. Finally, George Hall assesses the most important productions of the opera that have taken place since its two premieres.

The guide also contains a literal English translation of the 1881 libretto and the variants from the 1857 version, illustrations, a musical thematic guide, discography, bibliography, DVD and website guides. It is intended to give readers a greater understanding and appreciation of the many splendours of this wholly remarkable work.

Overture Opera Guide
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Opera: Simon Boccanegra
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 225
Size: 13x19.5x2 cms