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Simon Boccanegra by English Touring Opera

Published by: Paul Tyree on 10th Apr 2013 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

Simon Boccanegra by Verdi

Tue 9th April Lyceum Theatre


English Touring Opera's version of Simon Boccanegra is a shining, brilliantly sung, directed and designed piece of Opera, as far removed from their other offering 'Cosi Fan tutte' as can be imagined.

This tragic tale of a father reunited with his daughter amid the backdrop of political intrigue, betrayal and revolution is a masterpiece which will reaffirm any lost faith in this companys' ability to produce a sublime work of art and an opera that is well worth checking out whilst still on tour.

James Conway's direction is assured and his staging of this epic never feels any less than wonderfully conceived. A great help in this regard is Samal Blak's design and Ace McCarron's lighting which add a marvellously atmospheric feel to this production.

Several of the performers give stand out vocal and acting performances. Craig Smith as Boccanegra himself seems to grow in stature as the play goes on getting better and better as each scene progresses. He is never better than in the scenes he shares with Elizabeth Llewellyn, who plays his daughter. She gives us perhaps the performance of the evening as her voice is flawless and her interpretation of the character wonderfully realised.

Running her a close second in the performance stakes however is Charne Rochford who plays her fiance Adorno. He gives a wonderfully passionate and fiersome performance, his voice being the best male voice on show on the night by far.

All in all English Touring Opera have presented us with a wonderful rendition of a classic opera that excels in pretty much every area of this art form and you can't really ask for more than that from any company.

  1. York Theatre Royal — 12th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 16th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE Book Online Now

  3. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 19th Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP Book Online Now

  4. Gala Theatre, Durham — 23rd Apr 2013 - 7:30 pm
    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA Book Online Now

The tour continues until 30th May.


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. Sounds like a great production.
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