Giuseppe Verdi created one of the most impressive baritone roles for Simon Boccanegra. Through the lips of the historical figure of the first Doge of Genoa, Verdi was able to express his own political thinking and ideals for a united Italy, far from fratricidal wars.
The opera was written in 1857 and Verdi reworked it in 1881 by adding some masterly scenes, based on Petrarch’s letters: one addressed to the historical figure of Boccanegra and another to the then Doge of Venice. Nowadays, Simon Boccanegra counts among Verdi’s most popular operas.
In the magnificent impressive production of the Royal Opera House, Moshinsky attempts an historical direction inspired by the art and architecture of Renaissance. The leitmotifs in his direction are constantly recurring images of the sea, encapsulating a reference to mortality.
Moshinsky is considered one of the most important opera directors worldwide with a considerable, thirty-year long experience in theatre and opera. His repertory varies and comprises, among others, works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Strauss etc. He has won three times the Laurence Olivier Award for best opera, for his performances Lohengrin, Stiffelio and The Rake’s Progress. He has systematically collaborated with the most famous opera houses in the world, such as the Royal Opera House in London, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Sydney Opera, the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg etc.
Conductors: Zoe Tsokanou – Stathis Soulis
Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Sets: Michael Yeargan
Costumes: Peter J. Hall
Lighting: George Harrison
Lighting supervisor: Matthew Mulberry
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos
Simon Boccanegra: Dimitri Platanias – Tassis Chistoyannis
Maria Boccanegra: Cellia Costea – Anna Stylianaki
Jacopo Fiesco: TBA – Petros Magoulas
Gabriele Adorno: Ramón Vargas – Dimitris Paksoglou
Paolo Albiani: Yannis Selitsaniotis – Kyros Patsalides
Pietro: Dionisos Tsantinis – Alexandros Loutas
Captain of the Crossbowmen: Yannis Kalyvas – Dionysis Melogiannidi
With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists
A Royal Opera House production
Regular: 15€ – 90€
Student, reduceds: 15€
Limited visibility: 10€
Greek National Opera – Stavros Niarchos Hall. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
About Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a project that includes the construction and complete outfitting of new facilities for the National Library of Greece (NLG) and the Greek National Opera (GNO), as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.
In funding the SNFCC, the Foundation’s vision is to provide the country and the city with the new institutional foundations it needs to move forward and with a framework for the future. Education, culture and sustainability, the SNFCC’s three main elements, are essential requirements in enhancing the potential of the city and its people and placing them within a twenty first century global context.
The magnitude of the project and of the Foundation’s dreams and hopes required the impact and the creative presence of a visionary architect. In February 2008, following a closed international design competition, the Foundation’s Board of Directors unanimously selected the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (www.rpbw.com). In selecting renowned architect Renzo Piano, the Foundation chose an architect at the forefront of the architectural profession, who possesses vision, intellectual curiosity and a historical and geographical understanding of the project’s location and significance.
How to get there
For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street), with a stopover at the Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.
The shuttle bus is accessible to people in wheelchairs, following prior scheduling via phone. To best accomodate visitors that would like to make use of this service we kindly ask that they let us know in advance via phone (+30 216 8091000) about the time and stop of interest according to following timetable.
On Sundays, from 10.00 to 13.00, the shuttle bus runs only from Syggrou-Fix to the SNFCC and vice versa, due to the scheduled changing of the Presidential Guard in front of the Hellenic Parliament. In the event of special traffic regulations the schedule of shuttle bus, might be modified accordingly.
By Bus or by Metro & Bus:
From the Center of Athens
Lines Β2, 550: These lines pass through the metro station Syggrou Fix where you can change means of transport. Getting off at the “Onasseio” stop on Syggrou Avenue southbound, head south in the direction of the sea, up to Evripidou Street (junction with Syggrou Avenue by-lane).
Lines A1, B1, 130, 217, 860: Getting off at the “Tzitzifies” stop on Ethnarchou Makariou Avenue. Move on the avenue towards Glyfaga, then left onto Epaminontas Street and finally right onto Peisistratou Street.
130: Piraeus – Nea Smyrni (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
217: Piraeus – Dafni Station (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
550: Kifissia – Palaio Faliro (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onassio Stop southbound)
860: Palaio Faliro – Schisto (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Α1: Piraeus – Voula (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Β1: Piraeus – Ano Glyfada (Tzitzifies Stop from Piraeus; Delta Stop to Piraeus)
Β2: Academia – Agios Kosmas (Evgenideio Stop, Syggrou Avenue northbound, Onasseio Stop southbound)
From the “Τzitzifies ” stop, walk towards the Navarhou Votsi street and then turn right at Peististratou street. At Peisistratou and Sahtouri street you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.
Line 10 from Chalandri Square to the Epaminonda stop. Walk towards Peisistratou and Sahtouri street and you will find the entrance of the SNFCC through its parking.
The following entrances are open for entering the SNFCC:
• Evripidou & Doiranis (entrance for the SNFCC Visitors Center)
• Evripidou & Irakleous
• Evripidou & Dimosthenous (entrance for the Running Track)
• Peisitratou & Sachtouri (entrance for the Parking of the SNFCC)
• Esplanade Pedestrian Bridge
Bicycle parking spaces are available at the entrance of the parking of the SNFCC (Peisistratou and Sahtouri Street) as well as the Visitors Center (Eyrypidou and Doiranis). The parking of bicycles in these areas is under the responsibility of the owner / holder for any damages arising (theft, damage, etc.)
Date and time:
19, 22, 23, 25 & 26 January 2019, 20:00
20 January 2019, 18:30.
Photo by: the Greek National Opera