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Giuseppe Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

3 H , incl. 1 interval (30 min)
22.3.2024 – 26.4.2024
Main Stage
Price range
20–134 €
Italian. Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Age recommendation

No secret is safe forever

The impactful story of Simon Boccanegra invites the audience on a visually refined journey through modern day Italy. This rarely performed opera by Verdi is a sombre and instantly captivating thriller about political power struggles and family secrets across generations.

The impressive creative team behind the current production includes director Pierre Audi and sculptor Anish Kapoor, who has designed the sets. Kapoor recently made international news headlines after he purchased exclusive rights to the world’s “blackest black”. Read the article in Helsingin Sanomat.

Co-production between New National Theatre Tokyo, Finnish National Opera and Ballet and Teatro Real Madrid

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Through political intrigue, the victorious corsair Simon Boccanegra is elected doge of the city-state of Genoa, despite opposition from his rival, Jacopo Fiesco. The two men share a connection to Maria, Fiesco’s daughter and Boccanegra’s lover who died a long time ago. The daughter she gave Boccanegra, Amelia, has since vanished without a trace.

Twenty-five years later, Amelia resurfaces in Genoa and becomes embroiled in a power struggle that ultimately costs Boccanegra his life.

The full synopsis can be found in the programme leaflet and at Stage24.


creative team

Giuseppe Verdi
Francesco Maria Piave, Arrigo Boito
Pietro Rizzo
Pierre Audi
Assistant Director
Frans Willem de Haas
Anish Kapoor
Wojciech Dziedzic
Lighting design
Jean Kalman
Revival lighting designer
Valerio Tiberi


Simon Boccanegra
Vladimir Stoyanov
Jacopo Fiesco
Riccardo Zanellato
Paolo Albiani
Sebastian Catana
Koit Soasepp
Maria/Amelia Grimaldi
Joyce El-Khoury
Gabriele Adorno
Mihails Čulpajevs
Mika Pohjonen
Amelia's maid
Iris Candelaria
Amelia's maid
Emma Mustaniemi

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