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Hitting the boards again: Verdi, Simon Boccanegra

January 29th, 2009 by Tim Jarrett

I’ve been a little busy lately with work and have let my link-posting take over the site. This week I finally got a break to do something a little different again. I’m singing in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, with James Levine directing and José Van Dam in the title role, with Marcello Giordani and James Morris in key supporting roles.

The last Tanglewood Festival Chorus production I sang in (aside from Holiday Pops) was the Brahms Requiem, and the last opera was Berlioz’s Les Troyens. Needless to say, the Verdi is a different animal from them both–an opera both political and personal, on a much smaller scale than Les Troyens but with its own share of intense moments.

It’s been…interesting preparing this opera with the head cold I have right now. I hope I have a voice by the time the first performance is done tonight.

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  • 1 Isis Jan 30, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I have been thinking about Verdi a lot recently (related to my work). I would love to read more of your thoughts about SB generally and about your experiences with the music and the story.

    (Sorry to hear about the head cold. I can’t imagine what singing must be like under those circumstances.)

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