Saturday, August 31, 2019 - Start: 8:00 PM

Melodramma in a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (Salzburg Festival 2019, Großes Festspielhaus – in Italian). A co-production by ORF/3sat and UNITEL

The German director Andreas Kriegenburg interprets Verdi’s darkest work, Simon Boccanegra, at this year’s Salzburg Festival. Anyone delving into the complicated action with its fateful concatenations and neurotic repetitions encounters a fatalistic historical drama with depressing references to today’s world: men make history, and women are the victims. The historical events surrounding the civil war-like conflicts of the mid-14th century in Genova, however, are only a blank space upon which a drama of love, crime and punishment is projected. Paolo, the leader of the popular party, wants to break the power of the nobility by having the popular corsair Simon Boccanegra elected doge. Simon rejects this at first. Paolo, however, knows his Achilles heel: Maria, Simon’s lover and mother of his daughter. In order to save his private happiness, Boccanegra lets himself be blackmailed and wagers himself as a pawn, only to ultimately lose that very happiness. For Maria, held prisoner by her father Jacopo Fiesco, dies, while their daughter disappears without a trace. The only thing left to Simon is the office of doge – until fate repeats itself.


Conductor: Valery Gergiev | Directors:Andreas Kriegenburg | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 180 Minutes | Featuring: Luca Salsi (Simon Boccanegra), Marina Rebeka (Amelia Grimaldi), René Pape (Jacopo Fiesco), Charles Castronovo (Gabriele Adorno), André Heyboer (Paolo Albiani)