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Boccanegra given old fashioned treatment,
This review is from: Verdi: Simon Boccanegra -- Metropolitan Opera/Levine [DVD]  (DVD)
Simon Boccanegra is near to being my favourite Verdi opera; it is a deeply contemplative opera full of dark forboding. But, that being said, there are times when one feels like saying: "come on lighten up!" But, I am afraid the opera reflects the times - Mozart, Haydn and others are well gone and we are well into what can only be described as a moody century. The opera is sung beautifully here and the sets are simply marvelous - particularly the tintorettoesque Council chamber setting. Has anyone noticed that Verdi seems to transcribe line for line from one of Beethoven's late quartets as the musical backing for the chorus in the Council chamber - the fighting scene?