Simon Boccanegra - Royal Opera House, 27 June 2013
Boccanegra is back - again. Covent Garden's penchant for revivals must have more to do with Tony Pappano's love of the score than any fondness for Elijah Moshinsky's unremarkable '80s production. And it's the orchestra who emerge on top yet again. Pappano revels in the music's cinematic chiarascuro, lending grandeur and colour to its bold strokes.
Close your eyes and the singing is fine too; open them and the clumsiness of the direction is all too apparent. Handsome marble sets can't compensate for some equally marmoreal acting.