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The London Coliseum
|Simon Boccanegra at English National Opera|
|Verdi's Simon Boccanegra explores how the characters of powerful men change (or don't) with age and fortune: the action happens over several decades, and the character of Simon gives wonderful scope for some serious character acting. As with Il Trovatore, also based on a play by Antonio Garcia Gutiérrez, large amounts of the key action happens off-stage either before the opera starts or in the intervals, which can make the plot extremely difficult to understand.
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