Simon Boccanegra

Giuseppe Verdi | Concert staging

24 April - 24 May 2025

Dates & venues

Set in 14th-century Genoa, Simon Boccanegra is a gripping story of political intrigue and personal tragedy.

With music full of dark-hued grandeur and excitement, Opera North’s first ever performances of Simon Boccanegra follow our acclaimed concert stagings of large-scale Italian classics such as Turandot and Aida. It promises to be an unmissable event.

At its core is a decades-long feud between political rivals: Simon Boccanegra, former pirate and man of the people, and Jacopo Fiesco, a leading member of the nobility. But these enemies are bound together by the strongest of family ties: one is the father and the other the grandfather of the same woman, Amelia.

Premiered in 1857, Verdi revised the opera in 1881 with the librettist Arrigo Boito, with whom he later collaborated on his final masterpieces, Otello and Falstaff. Together they crafted a Shakespearean drama of love, loss and reconciliation which, in its celebrated Council Chamber scene, contains Verdi’s most impassioned plea for peace and unity.


From £16*
  • St Georges Hall, Bradford
  • Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
  • The Glasshouse, Gateshead
  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
  • Hull City Hall
  • Southbank Centre

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

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When can I book?

Leeds and Bradford packages
Full Season Package renewals On sale
Patrons On sale
Friends On sale
All packages on sale 24 April

Leeds and Bradford single tickets
Patrons 9 May
Friends 16 May
Groups, U30s & Schools 28 May
All tickets on sale 29 May

Nottingham and Hull
Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 24 April

Patrons and Friends 4 May
All tickets on sale 17 May

Gateshead and London
On sale dates to be confirmed

Cast & creative

A man with short hair and a beard.
Roland Wood

Simon Boccanegra

Black and white headshot of Brindley Sherratt
Brindley Sherratt

Jacopo Fiesco

A man in a hoodie looking up while leaning against a wall.
Andrés Presno

Gabriele Adorno

A bald man with a large beard.
Mandla Mndebele

Paolo Albiani

Antony Hermus


PJ Harris

Stage Director

Simon Boccanegra

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