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Saturday, May 18, 2019 Permalink

At The Opera, Ponchielli: La Gioconda, May 18, 2019


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. (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.


La Gioconda – Renata Tebaldi

Enzo – Carlo Bergonzi

Barnaba – Robert Merrill

Laura – Marilyn Horne

Alvise – Nicolai Ghiuselev

La Cieca – Oralia Dominguez

Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome

Lamberto Gardelli – conductor

London Records - 1967


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:18 p.m.
Ponchielli: La Gioconda BUY ; L. Gardelli, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:38 p.m.
Verdi: Act One: Esultate ! - Mario Del Monaco BUY Santa Cecila of Rome

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