Watch: Antonio Pappano on Simon Boccanegra
The conductor and Music Director of The Royal Opera on why Verdi’s opera is one of his favourites.
Antonio Pappano is conducting Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra once more this summer, offering audiences another chance to experience his acclaimed interpretation of the dramatic opera.
‘Simon Boccanegra is as Shakespearean an experience [as you can have] without it being Shakespeare!’, says Antonio. ‘It has a complex central character, the unknown identity of a lost daughter and a potential love triangle – there’s so much in it but the music is so honest, direct, strong and lyrical – it’s one of my favourite pieces.’
As well as discussing the opera’s appeal, in this interview Antonio also explains the differences between the two versions of the piece and where it fits within Verdi’s career as a composer.
‘Musically it’s a step towards the colours we’ll see in Don Carlo – dark, sombre, majestic and full of pathos.’
Simon Boccanegra runs from 27 June – 16 July. Tickets are still available.
The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Afiya and Timur Kuanyshev and the Verdi Syndicate.