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21 Feb 2007

An Opera by Verdi That Needs Name Tags

By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 21 February 2007]

The sun does not shine on “Simon Boccanegra.” Its heroine, Amelia, does share a sunrise with the Metropolitan Opera’s gaping Act I garden scene, and a little light filters through windows elsewhere, but gloom is the order of the day in this formidable if largely unlovable product of Verdi’s middle years.

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