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Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra 2018?

Audience responses and press reviews following The Royal Opera's production, directed by Elijah Moshinsky.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

16 November 2018 at 11.18am | 7 Comments

Press reviews:
Bachtrack ★★★★
The Arts Desk  ★★★
Evening Standard ★★★
The Stage ★★★

What did you think of Simon Boccanegra?
Let us know via the comments below or share your thoughts on social media with the hashtag #ROHboccanegra

Simon Boccanegra runs from 15 November—10 December 2018. Tickets are still available.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

16 November 2018 at 11.18am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Elijah Moshinsky, opera, Production, Simon Boccanegra, Social Media, verdi, your reaction

This article has 7 comments

  1. Dianne Young responded on 16 November 2018 at 12:11pm Reply

    Some impressive singing from main soloists and chorus but production starting to look tired and dated.

  2. Peter responded on 21 November 2018 at 3:00pm Reply

    This first night of Simon Boccanegra was terrific, with fantastic singing from the principals and chorus, it was a brilliant start to my 40th season at ROH.
    The production looks as good now as it did when I first saw it when it brand new in the 90’s, long may it last.

  3. John M. responded on 22 November 2018 at 2:46pm Reply

    I agree with much of what Peter says. I thought the opening night was a great evening at the opera. The staging looks as good as ever and one of its great qualities is that it allows the music and the singing to tell their own story. It was great to hear Carlos Alvarez once again on the Covent Garden stage. I have been lucky enough to hear and see him regularly in Vienna and once again he did not disappoint. Such a wonderful opera.

  4. christopher Bayne responded on 23 November 2018 at 2:27pm Reply

    An amazing evening and I endorse everything written by the the Reviewer in the Guardian. The poor review in the Times makes no sense to me.

  5. John Rose responded on 26 November 2018 at 6:58pm Reply

    I was at the 3rd performance last Saturday and endorse all the above comments. How good to see a traditional production which makes sense and doesn't get in the way of the music. And what excellent singing throughout! A lovely evening from one of my favourite Verdi operas. And good to see curtain calls in front of the red curtain as in the old a lobbied bouquet of flowers too. Congrats to all performers for keeping going when one of the barriers collapsed in the ampitheatre in Act 1 and made a hell of a din!.

  6. Sheila Peters responded on 28 November 2018 at 2:40pm Reply

    Tim Ashley's review in the Guardian captures the production very well.I would add that Francesco Meli did threaten to spoil the performance with his strident singing, overbalancing the otherwise terrific cast. I don't think he understands how to convey the lyrical qualities of this piece, as Calleja did so perfectly when he sang the role here. And I was wondering if Bassenz would get through her initial aria without disaster, though she sounded heavenly thereafter. But Alvarez and Furlanetto were superb, and everyone I spoke to loved the old production: it still looks great.

  7. AnnieL responded on 29 November 2018 at 10:38am Reply

    I'm often baffled by the critics, but to give this splendid show a miserly 3 stars - as did most paid reviewers - is simply bizarre. I agree with Stella about Meli who provided the only switch-off moment of the evening as far as I was concerned, but everyone else was splendid. Alvarez, oh my goodness when can I hear him next, and Furlanetto always a pleasure to hear. As for the production, I found it stately rather than "static" as one reviewer claimed. He should try jumping around in Renaissance dress. I loved this, as did everyone I heard discussing their evening during and after. the performance. Well done, ROH.

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