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Simon Boccanegra

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  • Booking From:
  • 08-Jun-2011
  • Booking Until:
  • 09-Jul-2011
  • Running Time:
  • 2 Hours 40 Mins
  • Genre:
  • Opera

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Simon Boccanegra Tickets

Coliseum Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES

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A tale of public feuds and private griefs, set against a backdrop of civil war, Simon Boccanegra is revered as one of Verdi's most sublime, mature masterpieces. Featuring a major role for the ENO Chorus, the opera is conducted by ENO's Olivier Award-winning Music Director, Edward Gardner. Award-winning young Russian director/designer Dmitri Tcherniakov makes his ENO debut with a production that launches a new partnership between ENO and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. Leading Verdi baritone Bruno Caproni (ENO's magisterial Nabucco) sings the title-role of the privateer-turned-politician, with Brindley Sherratt as Fiesco, the implacable foe who discovers, too late, the bonds of love that bind them.

Evenings: various
Theatre Venue: Coliseum Theatre
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
Seating Plan: Seating Plan
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The Coliseum Theatre (also known as the London Coliseum) is on St. Martin's Lane, in the City of Westminster. It is one of London's largest and best equipped theatres and opened in 1904, designed by theatrical architect Frank Matcham (designer of the London Palladium), for impresario Oswald Stoll. Their ambition was to build the largest and finest 'People's palace of entertainment' of its age.

1898 Lilian Baylis, at the age of 23, presents a series of opera recitals at the Old Vic theatre.

1912 She goes to establish a theatre company at the Old Vic, initially performing cut-down versions of Shakespeare.

1928 Lilian Baylis takes on a small group of dancers (the ballet company later separated from Vic-Wells and eventually renamed: The Royal Ballet).

1931 Sadler's Wells Theatre opens and the Vic-Wells Opera Company is formed. Initially the Company performs at both the Old Vic and Sadlers' Wells.

1937 Lilian Baylis dies.

World War II During World War II Sadler's Wells is requisitioned and the Company moves to Burnley, touring the Country to raise war-time spirits.

1945 Sadler's Wells re-opens with Britten's Peter Grimes, introducing the first English opera composer since Purcell to receive international acclaim.

1968 Managing Director Stephen Arlen moves Sadler's Wells Opera from Sadler's Wells Theatre to the London Coliseum.

1974 Sadler's Wells Opera becomes English National Opera (ENO).

1984 ENO is the first British opera company to tour the United States.

1990 ENO is the first major foreign opera company to tour the former Soviet Union.

1992 ENO acquires the freehold to the London Coliseum.

2000 The Company embarks on a four year restoration programme on its home the London Coliseum.