“My first performances as Simon, in Berlin in 2009, were among the most gratifying nights of my career, and I have looked forward to each subsequent opportunity to revisit this fascinating character.
– Plácido Domingo on singing the title role in Simon Boccanegra
LA Opera presented Giuseppe Verdi’s politically charged operatic masterpiece, Simon Boccanegra, in 2012. It starred Plácido Domingo as Simon and was masterfully conducted by James Conlon (who cites Simon Boccanegra as one of the first Verdi operas he knew from beginning to end). The story follows Simon Boccanegra, the Doge (or ruler) of Genoa, in his efforts to crush a mounting uprising, and find his long-lost daughter, Amelia.
Want more Simon Boccanegra? Listen to Maestro Conlon’s Behind the Curtain Podcast here. In it, he reflects on three decades of collaborating with Plácido Domingo and also discusses why Boccanegra may be the greatest of Verdi’s mighty baritone roles (i.e. the recurring theme of reconciliation that makes Simon Boccanegra so emotionally powerful.)