Boccanegra, by Giuseppe Verdi, in Milan LaScala Opera
years ago, I entered a music shop in Ankara Kizilay center, and asked
CD with La Diva Turca "Leyla Gencer" singing any opera.
Music Shop Clerk said, "We have no studio recording, since she
avoided at all times, but we have an available recording only in live
broadcast of "Simon Boccanegra" by Giuseppe Verdi where
Leyla Gencer was singing Amelia character in Salzburg opera house in
year 1961. I purchased the CD with no prior information on Simon
Boccanegra. The opera was composed, first played in Venetian opera
house in 1859, ignored and forgotten in time, then renewed by the
composer in 1881 for LaScala but forgotten again.
Diva Turca Leyla Gencer preferred to sing in forgotten operas, and
she avoided any studio recordings. The other diva of LaScala, soprano
Maria Callas has many clean studio recordings of popular operas,
whereas Leyla Gencer loved to sing forgotten operas with no studio
recordings. CD at my hand was a poor recording of live opera
performance, filled with unwanted background sounds, coughs,
applauses. Leyla Gencer had accomplished a difficult job for this
Boccanegra, nowadays is a very popular opera. Great tenor / baritone
Placido Domingo (75) sings and creates great news. The artist plays
alternately in Milan LaScala and New York Metropolitan. He did not
coincide with us, but the cast we watch was also very good.
Nucci baritone character in Simon Boccanegra, Amelia was played by
beautiful soprano Carmen Giannattasio. South Korean conductor
Myung-Whun Chung was amazing. We should not forget extraordinary
Stage Director Federico Tiezz. Each choir members played different
characters. Performance had a great big scene reasonable size
unobtrusive decor, costumes of the 13th century were great.
22- June 2016 on Wednesday evening, we were in LaScala opera house in
Milan for Giuseppe Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra". We watched
the opera from the first balcony lodges. We received our Internet
tickets at 19: 00, from the box office. Main doors opened at 19:30.
Ushers had wearing a black gown custom assemblies, guiding and
directing us to our seats. Audience were dressed very carefully in
serious formal business suits, ladies in night dresses. Usher opened
the balcony door to the lodge. We occupied the front seats.
began and then an angry lady cry was heard with verbal criticism
revealed from one balcony. In LaScala tradition, we understand that
loud critique of the audience can appear instantly, artists would
appreciate it to get critics. Poor performing conductor, detour
singer, the poor decorator, costume designer , even though all stage
directors may receive such criticism live and loud instantly. The
orchestra was great, we had great acoustics in the space. We do not
know how we spent 3-hours.
half an hour intermission, we went down to the foyer due to
curiosity. Foyer was small. opera shop was open for sales.
Opera shop was selling all articles that come to mind about opera,
CDs, DVDs, books, souvenirs, what were you looking for. Last EMI
recording CD Simon Boccanegra was tagged at 25 €.
artists were saying and as if showing us that "Opera is to be
staged so, this is how you should play, and present a great opera"
had a great scene, reasonable decor, wonderful cast, great acoustics,
individual choir members with separate theatrical performance. After
seeing LaScala performance, I am quite uneasy, displeased, and felt
quite unsatisfied with opera performances at our home country.
was over. There was no car parking nearby, since that magnificent
opera house was built 200-years ago when automobiles were not
existed. All- black dressed business people, beautiful ladies in
their night dresses, and we walked together though Gallery Victoria
Emanuel to nearby Duomo metro station to reach our homes.