By Cris Franco
The unrivaled divo Placido Domingo joins voices with Puerto Rican soprano super-star Anna Maria Martinez to sing Verdi’s tale of Simon Boccanegra. Power and treachery abound in this tale of the unbreakable bond between a father (Domingo) and his illegitimate daughter (Martinez) in Verdi’s poignant score.
Placido Domingo and conductor James Conlon join forces for the verdi masterpiece. The unrivaled Plácido Domingo fulfilled a lifelong dream when he first performed the baritone title role in Simon Boccanegra. Now he brings his celebrated interpretation of one of opera’s most complex characters to his home company.
Simon Boccanegra is a grand-scale study of power that finds an emotional center in the tender and unbreakable bond between father and daughter. Verdi’s poignant score brings the characters to vivid life in a series of striking encounters that spans two generations.
Simon Boccanegra opens at the LA Opera, located at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, part of the Music Center of Los Angeles. The address is: 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90012. Performances are at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 11, 2012, and running for a total of seven performances through Sunday, March 4. For all show info: www.LAOPERA.com.