Decca Classics’ recording of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, starring Joseph Calleja, is now available for purchase and download in the United States. Recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus earlier this spring, the recording pairs Joseph Calleja as Gabriele Adorno and Thomas Hampson in the title role (the duo recently reunited for a staged version of the work at the Vienna Staatsoper), and is rounded out with Kristine Opolais as Amelia and Luca Pisaroni as Paolo. The performance was conducted by Massimo Zanetti and features the Vienna Symphoniker and the Vienna Singakademie.
Of the recording, the Guardian dubbed Joseph as “outstanding…fully vindicating the integrity and complexity of a role that some tenors have regarded as being insufficiently starry and have refused to sing.” Opera Britannia concurred, adding, “Gabriele Adorno is probably Joseph Calleja’s best Verdi role. His warm, golden tone is unmistakable… His aria ‘Sento avvampar’ is glorious, with honeyed tones in the second half from ‘Cielo pietoso, rendila.’” The Times of London praised “above all” Joseph’s “thrillingly sung Adorno.”
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