Teatro Communale, Florence Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra Conductor: Claudio Abbado 06/2002
Simon Boccanegra never has been one of the composer's most popular operas, but 30 years ago, during his tenure at La Scala, conductor Claudio Abbado overwhelmed the public with the work's beauty and depth, abetted by a spectacular cast (Cappuccilli, Freni, Carreras) and production team (available, incidentally, on DG). In 2002, he again led the opera in a stunning production in Florence. The singers hardly could be bettered. Carlo Guelfi is close to being the ideal Simon; he superbly manages the character's public strength and nobility as well as his private, fatherly warmth, and he turns in some of the most affecting pianissimo singing imaginable. Only a touch of magnetism is missing. Karita Mattila's Amelia is a stronger than usual portrayal, with feelings of love as passionate as those of proper outrage. Her entrance into the Council Chamber Scene is more forceful than from any soprano (they tend to be sweet little things) and her singing throughout is fearless, lovely, and expressive. Almost equally fine is the Adorno of Vincenzo La Scola, who sings the almost thankless role as if his life depends on it, bringing sensitivity to it whenever possible. The towering, brooding Fiesco of Julian Konstantinov is a potent presence and Lucio Gallo's evil Paolo is both treacherous and cowardly. The rest of the cast--along with the chorus and orchestra--is superb, and Abbado's identification with the score is complete. The final moments, played softly and slowly, are devastating in their beauty and warmth.
Carlo Guelfi (Simon Boccanegra) (Baritone) Julian Konstantinov (Jacopo Fiesco) (Bass) Lucio Gallo (Paolo Albiani) (Bass) Andrea Concetti (Pietro) (Baritone) Karita Mattila (Amelia) (Soprano) Vincenzo La Scola (Gabriele Adorno) (Tenor)
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