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Saturday, February 28, 2015 Permalink

At The Opera, Ponchielli: La Gioconda, February 28, 2015

  

La Gioconda is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli set to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Angelo, Tyrant of Padua, a play in prose by Victor Hugo, dating from 1835.

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 restored 1952 recording stars Maria Callas. Antonio Votto conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:10pm
Ponchielli: La Gioconda BUY Chorus and Orchestra of RAI; Antonino Votto, conductor Maria Callas
11:00pm
11:30pm
Massenet: Werther: Pourquoi me reveiller? BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Massenet
11:34pm
Massenet: Manon: O dolce incanto BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Massenet
11:37pm
Bizet: The Pearl Fishers: Mi par d'udira ancora BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Bizet
11:41pm
Bellini: I Puritani, opera: Vieni fra queste braccia BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Bellini
11:44pm
Puccini: Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle BUY from Recitals: Giuseppe Di Stefano Arias and Scenes; composed by Puccini
11:47pm
Leoncavallo: l Pagliacci: Intermezzo BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Leoncavallo
Naxos 8550240
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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