play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel

Simon Boccanegra

This show has now closed, however you may also be interested in:

About the Show Less...

Plácido Domingo makes his Royal Opera baritone debut in one of Verdi’s most demanding and passionate roles. Read More >

With the return of Simon Boccanegra to The Royal Opera, Plácido Domingo makes his Royal Opera baritone debut in one of Verdi’s most demanding and passionate roles.

Set against the class driven battle for the control of 14th century Genoa, the opera sympathetically portrays the embattled Doge of the city as the consequences of his past lead – through an estranged daughter, her competing suitors and a life-long enemy – to his own death.

The Music Director of the Royal Opera, Antonio Pappano, conducts a formidable international cast in the 1881 version of Simon Boccanegra, staged in Elijah Moshinsky’s classic production.

The tones of fine period painting appropriate to the story of Simon Boccanegra create rich stage images, matching the rich orchestral colour of Verdi’s score of melody and atmosphere.

Confrontations and curses, public drama and private turmoil; running through it all is the poignant situation of a father and daughter, long parted yet rediscovering each other when it is too late for anything but tragedy to be the outcome. It all makes for a potent operatic combination of family drama and political intrigue.

Simon Boccanegra  is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Learn more about London operas within the West End.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 26/06/2010

Closing Night: 15/07/2010

Running time: 2h55

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative


Plácido Domingo, Marina Poplavskaya, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Joseph Calleja, Jonathan Summers, Lukas Jakobski


Director - Elijah Moshinsky

Producer - Royal Opera

Conductor - Antonio Pappano

Lighting Designer - John Harrison

Set Designer - Michael Yeargan

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

Unlike film, there is currently no official age classification organisation for theatre. All age recommendations are subjective and should be interpreted as guidelines unless otherwise stated. It's the responsibility of the patron to judge the show’s suitability in advance of purchase. We recommend contacting us at if you are in any doubt.