Eight performances, Oct. 15-Nov. 9 Last mounted by Lyric in 1995, "Simon Boccanegra" returns with an A-list of Verdi heavyweights headed by Thomas Hampson as the doge of 14th century Genoa. Ferruccio Furlanetto, who gave Lyric audiences an imposing Boris Godunov last fall, will portray Fiesco. Making her Lyric debut as Amelia will be Russian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who sang a stunning Desdemona in Riccardo Muti¿s performances of Verdi¿s "Otello" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra here and in New York last April. Rounding out the cast will be Frank Lopardo as Gabriele Adorno. Davis will pace the Elijah Moshinsky production, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
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