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Saturday, December 3, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Ponchielli: La Gioconda, December 3, 2016

  

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

First performed at La Scala in Milan 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.

Cast:

La Gioconda – Renata Tebaldi

Enzo – Carlo Bergonzi

Alvise – Robert Merrill

Laura – Marilyn Horne

La Cieca – Oralia Dominguez

The orchesta and chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecllia of Rome

Lamberto Gardelli – Conductor

Decca - 1967

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13pm
Ponchielli: La Gioconda BUY ; L. Gardelli, conductor
11:00pm
11:28pm
Franz Schubert: Standchen BUY Jussi Bjorling
RCA 82876532312
11:32pm
Jussi Bjorling : Die böse Farbe BUY from Jussi Bj÷rling Rediscovered
RCA 82876532312
11:35pm
L.V. Beethoven: Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46 BUY Jussi Bj÷rling
RCA 82876532312
11:41pm
Jussi Bj÷rling : Tonerna "Visions" BUY from Jussi Bj÷rling Rediscovered
RCA 82876532312
11:48pm
Jussi Bj÷rling : Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair BUY from Jussi Bj÷rling Rediscovered
RCA 82876532312
11:51pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:55pm
Jussi Bj÷rling : Amor ti vieta BUY from Jussi Bj÷rling Rediscovered
RCA 82876532312

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