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Simone Bocanegra in Paris


Simone Bocanegra in Paris

Review Henning Høholt

Ludovic Tézier, outstanding in the titelrole, and his daughter Amelia - splendid performed by Sondra Radvanovsky. All Photos Henning Høholt.

Ludovic Tézier, outstanding in the titelrole, and his daughter Amelia – splendid performed by Sondra Radvanovsky. All Photos Henning Høholt.

PARIS/FRANCE: The Opera de Monte Carlo guesting with Giuseppe Verdis opera Simone Bocanegra, concertant at Théatre des Champs Élysées in Paris, became a huge succes for the company, for then theatre and for Les Grand Voix who had taken the initiative to bring all the ensemble inclusive outstanding soloists, orchestra and choire to Paris for this evening, where the theatre was packed, and the applause and brave wouldn´t stop. BRAVO. 

110 Years Jubilee.

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Libretto Francesco Maria Piave after Antonio Garcia Gutiérez. The first version had its premiere Teatro La Fenice in Venice on 12 March 1857, (version originale), actually, exactly 110 years ago,  and with not many performances over the years in Italian houses reaching a fairly lukewarm success of public and critics.

The crisis of political power, political rivalries, recognitions, poisoning.

Difficult romances, fatherly love and family ties are the main themes of the complicate plot of Simon Boccanegra, opera that takes place in Genoa in 14th century. The fact that this opera is essentially for male dark voices is evident even at first listening: Simone and Fiesco are respectively baritone and bass, as the chorus, while soprano and tenor are dramaturgically less important, although their parts are musically beautiful. An other thing that can’t pass unnoticed is the continuous presence of the sea, constantly suggested by the ruffling of the orchestra, the flickering of strings and the colors of the violins: it seems almost to breathe the sea breeze, seldom in an opera the looming presence of the sea is so effectively dashed. 

Sondra Radvanovsky applauding Ludovic Tézier.

Sondra Radvanovsky applauding Ludovic Tézier.

In the frames of “LES GRANDES VOIX”. An outstanding cast was filling the roles well this Sunday evening.

Ludovic Tézier

First of all Ludovic Tézier, who is brilliant in the demanding title role. His voice is firm and full, the projection without flaw in forte as in piano, singing on breath, and his singing line, and the authority and the focus and seriouse nobility and incarnation of the important role. Everything is designed to finally get the audience the big Boccanegra that we were missing for a long time in the opera world. Even that Placid Domingo had hs baryton debut last year as Boccanegra at Staatsoper in Berlin. (please notice link to Bruno Tredicine review from that below).

Applaus after 1. Act, from right Fabio Bonavita, Vitalij Kowaljow, Pinchas Steinberg, Ludovic Tézier, Sandra Radvanovsky, Ramos Várgas.

Applaus after 1. Act, from right Fabio Bonavita, Vitalij Kowaljow, Pinchas Steinberg, Ludovic Tézier, Sandra Radvanovsky, Ramos Várgas.

Bel Canto elegance.

Sandra Radvanovsky

Furthermore, he was surrounded by a plateau of high level. Amelia Grimaldi wonderful presented by Sandra Radvanovsky, she has a long and powerful voice which overlooks an orchestra and a choir, out of control without difficulty, her pianissimo was of great beauty, and the conductor let her use that and was not drowning her pianissimo with too much sound.

Ramon Várgas - Gabriele Adorno.

Ramon Várgas – Gabriele Adorno.

Ramon Vargas

Adorno of Ramon Vargas, may have lost in shine, but certainly by Bel Canto elegance and musicality, stage presence, and we trusted in his role.

Vitalij Kowaljow

Bass Vitalij Kowaljow is an exemplary Fiesco of sound depth.
Paolo sung by André Heyboer, was good , including the terrifying “sia maledetto”. Paolo were for me a safe card in this role. And was fulfilling well the list of the main roles.
Pinchas Steinberg
The ultimate asset of the evening, the leadership of Pinchas Steinberg, he had the fully control. At the head of the Choir of Opera of Monte-Carlo rather tart, and of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo, heterogeneous, but with a commitment succumbing, they succeeded in making this demanding music great, the Israelian leader refused lyrical effusion, that he compensated by romanticizing when needed, and it worked well. It made this dark, but also romantic opera, to the great result. – In fact even Giuseppe Verdi was strict with himself writing in a letter to Giulio Ricordi in 1875 referring to Boccanegra “… the work is sad, and monotonous as effect.”

Cast:

Giuseppe Verdi by Giovanni Boldini

Giuseppe Verdi by Giovanni Boldini

Ludovic Tézier – Simon Boccanegra

Sandra Radvanovsky – Amelia Grimaldi

Vitalij Kovaljow – Jacobo Fiesco

Ramón Vargas – Gabriele Adorno

André Heyboer – Paolo Albani

Fabio Bonavita – Pietro

Vincenzo Di Nocera – Un capitaine

Paola Scaltriti – Une servente.

Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Choire de l´Opera de Monte Carlo, chef de choire Stefano Visconti

Pinchas Steinberg – conductor.

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Please enjoy Bruno Tredicine´review from Berlin with Placid Domingo as Simone Boccanegra: http://www.kulturkompasset.com/2009/11/04/simone-boccanegra-in-berlin-with-placido-domingo/

Please enjoy Henning Høholt´ review from Munich of Simone Boccanegra, with Ramon Vargas as an outstanding Gabriele Adorno and Vitalij Kowaljow as a great Fiesco, but in a scandalous production: http://www.kulturkompasset.com/2013/07/13/scandalouse-simone-boccanegra-in-munich-but-wonderful-singers-and-orchestra/

Please enjoy Fabio Bardellis´ review from Pisa of Simone Boccanegra: http://www.kulturkompasset.com/2015/10/24/simone-boccanegra-in-pisa/

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