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Saturday, October 26, 2013 Permalink

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)

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08pm
Ponchielli: La Gioconda BUY ; L. Gardelli, conductor
11:00pm
11:18pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Ah si ben mio Di quella pira BUY MET Orchestra; Fausta Cleva, conductor Carlo Bergonzi
11:30pm
Giuseppi Verdi: Aida: Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (Atto III) BUY ; Georges Pretre, conductor
11:39pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth: Una macchia e qui tuttora (Atto IV) BUY Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Tullio Serafin, conductor Maria Callas
11:52pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:56pm
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III BUY Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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