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At The Opera, Ponchelli: La Gioconda October 26, 2013


La Gioconda is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli set to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Angelo, tyran de Padoue, a play in prose by Victor Hugo, dating from 1835. (This is the same source as Gaetano Rossi had used for his libretto for Mercadante's Il giuramento in 1837).

First performed in 1876, La Gioconda was a major success for Ponchielli, as well as the most successful new Italian opera between Verdi's Aida (1871) and Otello (1887). It is also a famous example of the Italian genre of Grande opera, the equivalent of French Grand-Opéra.

Ponchielli revised the work several times; the version that is played today was first given in 1880. There are several complete recordings of the opera, and it is regularly performed, especially in Italy. It is one of only a few operas that features a principal role for each of the six major voice types. This 1967 recording stars Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi. Lamberto Gardelli conducts.

 

View an English translation of La Gioconda 

http://www.impresario.ch/libretto/libpongio_e.htm

 

View a full score or vocal score to La Gioconda 

http://imslp.org/wiki/La_Gioconda_(Ponchielli,_Amilcare)

 
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor FindBUY FindBUY
8:08p
Ponchielli: La Gioconda ; L. Gardelli, conductor FindBUY
11:00p
11:18p
Giuseppe Verdi: Ah si ben mio Di quella pira MET Orchestra; Fausta Cleva, conductor Carlo Bergonzi FindBUY
11:30p
Giuseppi Verdi: Aida: Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (Atto III) ; Georges Pretre, conductor FindBUY
11:39p
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth: Una macchia e qui tuttora (Atto IV) Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Tullio Serafin, conductor Maria Callas FindBUY
11:52p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor FindBUY FindBUY
11:56p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor FindBUY FindBUY
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