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Wednesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. – Great Performances at the Met "Simon Boccanegra"

(Rochester, NY) – For the first time at the Metropolitan Opera, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo sings a baritone role, the title character in Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, airing Wednesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11). Under the baton of Met Music Director James Levine, the cast also includes soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as Amelia, tenor Marcello Giordani as Gabriele Adorno, and bass-baritone James Morris as Jacopo Fiesco.

This production of Simon Boccanegra by Giancarlo Del Monaco was first introduced in 1995 when Mr. Domingo sang the tenor role of Gabriele Adorno. The performance is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Set in the 14th century in and around Genoa, Simon Boccanegra is the tale of a man who, once a ruthless pirate, fathers a child out of wedlock and later is acclaimed the first Doge of Genoa. As the Doge, he tries to be a good leader and though his personal life is in shambles; he eventually does right by his daughter. The title character is considered one of the summits of the baritone repertory.

Great Performances at The Met Simon Boccanegra is directed for television by Barbara Willis Sweete and hosted by acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming.

Pictured: Plácido Domingo as Simon Boccanegra
Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera


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