1858 · Napoli
Minor soiling, staining, and occasional small tears to margins, not affecting music. Title slightly abraided with minor loss to upper margin, not affecting text. Early complete Neapolitan edition of the first version. Rare. Worldcat (no complete copies). Several copies in OPAC SBN, in Bergamo, Naples, and Milan. Hopkinson 57A(f).
Simon Boccanegra, to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Antonio García Gutiérrez's play Simón Bocanegra, was first performed in Venice at the Teatro La Fenice on March 12, 1857.
"In recent years, audiences have been in no doubt that Simon Boccanegra contains some of the mature Verdi's greatest dramatic music, and there seems little doubt that the opera will retain its new status as one of the composer's most compelling creations." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. (Inventory #: 26461)