Simon Boccanegra

English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire London & UK Tour, March 2013
Composer, Verdi  /  Conductor, Michael Rosewell  /  Director, James Conway  /  Lighting, Ace McCarron

Credit list photographer:
1, 2, 3, 4, 6 © Robert Workman
5, 7, 8, 9, 10 © Richard Hubert Smith



★★★★★“, ”…it stand head and shoulders above any production of Boccanegra I have ever seen… stark simple design of Samal Blak…”
— Whats On, John Bird

★★★★“, “…shades of Mussolini-type architecture by immensely gifted Faroese born set and costume designer Samal Blak, a Linbury-prize winner with a background in sculpture (it shows)…”
—, Roderic Dunnett



— Whats On, Anne Morley-Priestman

“Its brutalism is reinforced by Samal Blak’s fascistic set… it concentrates the mind effectively on an opera that – with few stand-alone arias – moves forward through some powerful ensembles and choruses, in particular the riot scene in Act 1 (when the mob bursts into Boccanegra’s council chamber).”
— The Telegraph, Peter Reed

“Samal Blak’s spare set provides a stable platform for the twists and turns of the action to play out on…It’s an altogether remarkable show”
— The Stage