Broadcasts from the Lyric Opera of Chicago return to Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, May 18th, with a performance of Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the 1843 play Simón Bocanegra by Antonio García Gutiérrez. The performance will run approximately three hours. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

The intriguing plot of Simon Boccanegra unfolds in the incendiary atmosphere of 14th-century Genoa. The music, both hair-raisingly dramatic and sublimely beautiful, illuminates explosive, primary-color emotions: love, jealousy, rage, and remorse. At the center is the noble, passionate, desperately conflicted Boccanegra, Doge of Genoa; engaged in violent conflict with his enemy, the nobleman Fiesco. The Lyric’s leading man, world-renowned Thomas Hampson, considers Simon Boccanegra "truly one of the greatest operas ever written."

THE CAST
Boccanegra: Thomas Hampson
Fiesco: Feruccio Furlanetto
Amelia: Krassimira Stoyanova
Adorno: Frank Lopardo
Paolo: Quinn Kelsey
Pietro: Evan Boyer

PLEASE NOTE THAT RICHARD STRAUSS'S ELEKTRA, WHICH WAS TO HAVE AIRED SATURDAY, MAY 18TH, HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO SCHEDULE CHANGES MADE BY WFMT, THE DISTRIBUTOR OF THE LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO BROADCASTS. ELEKTRA WILL BE BROADCAST ON SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH, AS PART OF A DOUBLE BILL WITH HUMPERDINCK'S HANSEL & GRETEL.