Sean Santry

Simon Boccanegra Review from the Boston Phoenix

Photo of Barbara Frittoli, José van Dam, Marcello Giordani and the men of the Tanglewood Festival chorus during a BSO performance of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

The real heroes of this performance were Levine, the orchestra, and John Oliver’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus (some 125 voices). The men in the chorus stood in the middle, so that this opera’s fundamentally dark undercurrent was smack in the center, surrounded by the women’s radiant voices. Singing as usual without scores, and with even more than usual precision and character, the TFC also exploded into convincing angry-mob cacophony.

From Lloyd Schwartz’s Boston Phoenix review of Verdi’s opera Simon Boccanegra.