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on 23 October 2012
What is depressing is if you really want Simon Boccanegra on DVD you are overwhelmed with Domingo live performances. Gobbi, Cappuccilli, Silveri, (Milnes and Hampton on DVD) are all better by far. Domingo can ONLY be compared to other baritones in this role and he fails.
I do not deny his stature as one of the great 20th Century singers, but that should not give him license to do anything without fair criticism. Domingo is not a baritone, and while his stage presence might fill the shoes of Boccanegra, his thin, hollow "baritone" voice does not.