An Opera by Verdi That Needs Name Tags

By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 21 February 2007]
The sun does not shine on ìSimon Boccanegra.î Its heroine, Amelia, does share a sunrise with the Metropolitan Operaís gaping Act I garden scene, and a little light filters through windows elsewhere, but gloom is the order of the day in this formidable if largely unlovable product of Verdiís middle years.