The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Simon Boccanegra. Simon loves Maria. But he’s poor and she’s rich. Her dad Jacopo hates Simon. People encourage him to run for Doge (chief magistrate). Simon’s not interested in power until they convince him that the job will help him get the girl. He goes for it. Meanwhile, Maria dies after giving birth to their daughter. Fast forward, twenty-five years. Amelia loves Adorno. Jacopo supports the coupling. But the Doge rejects the match. Is it because Adorno is a rebel? Or is Simon in love with Amelia? The past revisits the present when identities are revealed. Simon Boccanegra is a spectacularly sung family reunion.
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