Simon Boccanegra description
The dashing corsair Simon Boccanegra and Maria, daughter of the nobleman Jacopo Fiesco, have fallen in love and had an illegitimate daughter. The child has disappeared from her foster-home. Boccanegra returns to Genoa to break the news to Maria, and learns of her death as a crowd, led by the plebeian Paolo Albiani, proclaim him Doge of Genoa.
Twenty-five years later, Boccanegra meets an orphaned woman called Amelia Grimaldi, and discovers that she is his long-lost daughter. Father and daughter are overjoyed to find each other - but their happiness is short-lived. Genoese aristocrats, including Amelia's lover Gabriele Adorno, are planning a rebellion, and Boccanegra's own advisor Paolo has turned against him…
Playing at Royal Opera House
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
The performance lasts about 3 hours, including one interval