Michael Walsh
February 16, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kiri Te Kanawa, Leo Nucci, Georg Solti
Producers
London
genre
Classical

We gave it a B-

More Verdi, this time led by Herbert von Karajan’s great rival, Georg Solti, who stepped in and conducted the Salzburg Ballo after Karajan’s death. This dark, brooding tragedy about a 14th-century doge of Genoa is periodically electrified by Solti’s familiar cattle-prod approach, but even this opera doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom. Next to ”Don Carlos,” ”Simon Boccanegra” is probably Verdi’s finest tune, even if only 42 people in the whole world will admit it.

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