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Watch: Antonio Pappano on The Royal Opera's performance in Birmingham

The conductor speaks about the importance of performing away from Covent Garden.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 July 2013 at 5.20pm | 4 Comments

The Royal Opera is to present a concert performance of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Sunday (7 July).

As with fully staged performances at Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano will conduct a cast including Thomas Hampson, Hibla Gerzmava, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Russell Thomas and Dimitri Platanias. Read what audiences thought of the opening night performance in London.

'I've already had the experience of performing this opera in concert having brought it to the Proms,' Antonio says, 'It works beautifully because each character is focused and the music speaks so clearly. You don't need all the trappings of the stage.'

'We receive money from the Arts Council and its important that we go to other locations in Great Britain'

Tickets are available from the Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham website.
The performance is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Susan A Olde OBE, Alfiya and Timur Kuanyshev and the Verdi Syndicate.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 July 2013 at 5.20pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Antonio Pappano, Birmingham, Concert, Production, Simon Boccanegra, Symphony Hall, tour

This article has 4 comments

  1. Midsman responded on 4 July 2013 at 9:44pm Reply

    Really looking forward to the return visit;last year's Mastersingers and the previous War Requiem were both memorable occasions and am already looking forward to next year's Ariadne!!
    The Company led by Pappano always seem very happy to be at Symphony Hall;long may the visits continue

  2. Robin Smith responded on 5 July 2013 at 11:03am Reply

    Anyone who hasn't been to Symphony Hall before is in for a treat. You will be green with envy that London hasn't got anything in it's league. If you get the chance the Town Hall (which is on the route from the main rail station to Symphony Hall) is also a beautiful building especially inside and where Mendelssohn conducted the world premieres of a number of his works.

  3. Tricia Gardom responded on 11 July 2013 at 7:31pm Reply

    Thank you to Antonio Pappano and the whole cast, orchestra and chorus for one of the most memorable evenings at Symphony Hall. We were captivated from the first note and blown away by the quality of the generous singing and totally convincing roles, so well cast. I didnt miss the stage set and costumes, it was powerful enough without. This is now in my Top 5 of musical experiences ever.

    • Robin Smith responded on 15 July 2013 at 12:39pm

      Having been to the dress rehearsal and an actual performance (July 13th) at Covent Garden and the concert version at Symphony Hall I would say this was a huge advert for the concert version. What became obvious very quickly was the world class standard of the orchestra (the refinement of phrasing and the astonishing attack in the great climaxes was breathtaking) and chorus and the splendid quality of all the soloists largely freed up from any staging or accoustical restrictions, Hibla Gerzmava was outstanding.

      Symphony Hall and Tony Pappano can be very proud of themselves. A great pity that there were some seats unsold.

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