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The Sunday Opera: Giuseppe Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" from London's Royal Opera House

Travel back to 14th century Genoa with this week’s Sunday Opera (6/30 3:00 p.m.) and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” from London’s Royal Opera House.  Simon, a former pirate, is now the Doge of Genoa who is working for peace between Genoa and Venice while dealing with unrest from his own people and the loss of his one true love.  Carlos Alvarez leads the cast as Simon, Ferrucio Furlanetto is Jacopo Fiesco, his rival and the father of his beloved, Hrchuhi Bassnez is Amelia, Boccanegra’s “lost” daughter, Francesco Meli is Gabriele, Amelia’s beloved, and Mark Rucker is the treacherous Paolo.  Henrik Nansi conducts.  

Join Michael Kownacky after the opera to celebrate the nautical heritage of Genoa with two pieces about the sea: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 1 (A Sea Symphony), and selections from a suite based on the music written by Richard Rodgers for the award-winning documentary “Victory at Sea.”

Michael is program host and host of the WWFM Sunday Opera, Sundays at 3 pm, and co-host of The Dress Circle, Sundays at 7 pm.