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Il Doge di Genova - Simon Boccanegra

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"Maestro Levine to the pit, maestro to the pit". These are the words that everything starts with. I first heard them during the first Met live in HD in my country, last year for La Rondine. Marco Armiliato was the one called to the pit. They're a sort of spell. They remove you from the real world and put you in Paris, Venice, in a castle, on a ship, in a prison, in a church, you name it, they surround you with music and beautiful voices.
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Tonight's Boccanegra wasn't an exception. Thank you, Neubauer family and thank you Bloomberg for giving this opportunity. To be miles away and still be able to see everything live and closer than most of the people in the venue is amazing.
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I had no idea this opera is so beautiful and powerful and passionate. Each character has a story to say, a tragedy to share with the others and the music sustains the voices. with Maestro Levine conducting, the orchestra was impressive. Domingo is a phenomenon. Piezonka and Giodani matched perfectly. People say that because of the political ideas involved the opera is boring. It is not true. I think that the political elements (such as the presence of the Doge, the senators, some riots) bring grateness to the whole thing.
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There's nothing else to say. Or.. there are 10000 things to say but I don't want to spoil anybody's pleasure. Simon Boccanegra continues the tour. This was the last performance at the Met. It moves back to Europe. To Scala in Milan first (the tickets go on sale on February 16th), then to Royal Opera in London (the tickets go on sale on March 3rd for Friends - there is a 2 ticket per friend limit!!! - and in April for everybody else) and the final stop is in Madrid, at Teatro Real (the tickets go on sale on April 7th). If you happen to be in one of these cities, go see Placido Domingo and the lady that will join him on stage.
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