About the film
Release Date: Feb 21, 2019
Director: Calixto Bieito
Actors: Mika Kares, Ludovic TézierNew Production! The ambiguities of Verdi’s theatre are particularly clear in his baritone roles, among which is that of Boccanegra (here the talented French baritone Ludovic Tézier), corsair turned doge of Genoa and the troubled observer of the conflicts that tore apart 14th century landowners and peasants.
An eminently political opera in which power struggles are interwoven with family conflicts, Simon Boccanegra echoes the life of its composer – the man who championed the cause of Italian unification and overcame the loss of his wife and children.
Calixto Bieito, that most Shakespearean of opera directors, brings humanism and truth to a work haunted by gleaming images of the sea.
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 13 Dec 2018.
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.
Precise, tender and passionate.
Ludovic Tézier is utterly compelling, growing from youthful despair through firm leadership to ultimate resignation, always expressive, always strong.
Shirley Apthorp, THE FINANCIAL REVIEW
An absolutely stunning experience.
Bieito's production is able to focus on the sheer depth of feeling for a father for his daughter, for his family, for his regrets. The cast sings with unadorned, unguarded, unredacted pure emotion.
Keris Nine, OPERA JOURNAL
Sumptuous. Bieito offers a singular and coherent vision, a psychological depth to the Verdien drama.
This is a production that will be remembered.
Tristan Labouret, BACHTRACK