Verdi’s Poisoned Doge Receives Fascistic Staging in Hamburg

Simone_Boccanegra_detail.jpgBy Shirley Apthorp
Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) — In 1363, Simone Boccanegra was fatally poisoned at one of his own banquets, gleefully watched by his political rivals. The first Doge of Genoa was a commoner, hated by the nobility, with a tenuous hold on power and plenty of enemies.