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Your reaction: Simon Boccanegra

A selection of audience tweets from the first night of Elijah Moshinsky's production of Verdi's political thriller.

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

28 June 2013 at 10.54am | 8 Comments

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.

This article has 8 comments

  1. Peter Erdos responded on 28 June 2013 at 2:11pm Reply

    Hotfooted in the footsteps of a magnificent DON Carlos an equally superb SIMONE Boccanegra! This was a glorious finish to the season and a wonderful tribute to the 200th birthday of the great man.
    The singing was magnificent including an exciting debut of Russell Thomas! The conducting of Pappano brought the drama its intensity and Moshinsky's age old and simple production is still pleasing and miles ahead over the failures of recent production disasters.( Onegin, Nabucco, Donna del lago)
    Last night's performance proved what opera is about and I hope next productions will follow this example.

  2. Stephen Cutler responded on 2 July 2013 at 9:58am Reply

    I agree with Mr Erdos. What a pleasure to see a gorgeous production, set in the right place and period, that respects the text and the music and lets Verdi's work speak for itself without any agenda from the director. If only we could have this style of production for the forthcoming Vespri, rather than the Regie dross that is about to be served up to us.

  3. Ken MacLennan responded on 2 July 2013 at 1:19pm Reply

    Last nights Simon Boccanegra was magnificent, one of the most impressive performances I have seen at Covent Garden in many years

  4. Gemin responded on 4 July 2013 at 8:04am Reply

    I really enjoyed the production last night. I was particularly impressed with Hampson, Furlnaletto and Platanias. Their singing and acting was of the highest standard. I thought Russell Thomas was terrific too, but, I know I'm being picky here, his sound spreads at the top of his voice, which is a shame. Careful Mr Thomas I want to see you still singing in twenty years time! I'm afraid I did not like Gerzmava - I thought her upper range, forced and slightly shrill (BTW - the decision for her to twirl around when she discovers Boccanegra is her father is cringeworthy - sorry but this is a Verdi drama not a Lionel Bart musical). The orchestra and conducting was refined and full-blooded - I smelt the sea. Bravi.

  5. John M responded on 11 July 2013 at 12:43pm Reply

    An excellent evening on 10 July! An opportunity to enjoy great music making without an intrusive, not necessarily insightful, director's agenda. Surely this how it is meant to be - conductor, orchestra, singers and director working together to serve the work of a great composer. Verdi's message came over loud and clear. I thought most of the singers were on top form. Gerzmava was better later on. Not sure it's the right role for her. Russell Thomas was excellent - I hope he has a good mentor. I agree with a previous comment - please, no Strictly Come Dancing twirls during the recognition scene. Who's (tacky) idea was that? It told us nothing while Mr Hampson's reaction to being called "padre" told us all. Thank you.

  6. H Randall responded on 13 July 2013 at 11:58pm Reply

    Tonight's Boccanegra was truly one of the best productions I have ever seen at the ROH. Wonderful performances from all, I started welling up from Act 1! Hampson, Platanias and Thomas were terrific. With regard to the previous comments, Gerzmava was in top form tonight and held her own against her male counterparts. Bravi indeed

  7. Martin responded on 6 October 2014 at 5:37pm Reply

    Is there any intention to revive this production in the future at the ROH?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 7 October 2014 at 12:14pm

      Hi Martin,

      There aren't any plans as yet, but do keep an eye out for future Season announcements.


      ROH Content Producer

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