I have to respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer. I agree that Abbado gives the score of Boccanegra a bit of oomph, something it needs for it to 'sell.' But the principals, excepting Karita Mattila, and the production are bush-league. At times I thought I was watching silent moving acting, or members of the football team acting the annual school play. And the singing is merely serviceable. That includes all the male principals. When Mattila as Amelia appears, though, the stage lights up. That, unfortunately, is not enough to save the whole enterprise. Now, if we could just get Mattila on DVD as Salome!