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Amilcare Ponchielli (1834 – 1886)
Opera in 4 acts;
Libretto by Tobia Gorrio (Arrigo Boito), Tobia Gorrio [Arrigo Boito], loosely based on the play "Angelo, tyran de Padoue" by Victor Hugo;
First performance on 8th April, 1876 at Milan;
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 1st March, 1974
In Italian with German surtitles
|Conductor||Jesús López Cobos|
|Costume design||Filippo Sanjust|
|La Gioconda||Hui He|
|La Cieca||Dana Beth Miller|
|Alvise Badoero||Ante Jerkunica|
|Enzo Grimaldi||Marcelo Álvarez|
|A helmsman||Stephen Barchi|
|A singer||Simon Pauly|
|1. Gondola Navigator||Paul Kaufmann|
|2. Gondola Navigator||Ben Wager|
|Chorus||Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin|
|Dance||Opernballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin|
|Orchestra||Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin|
The Opera is situated in 17th century Venice. La Gioconda, singer in a traveling troupe, falls in love with the young noble Enzo, who is respectively in love with Laura, the wife of the inquisitor Alvise Badoero. The emotional entanglement grows even more complex with the numerous intrigues of Barnabà the spy who loves and desires Gioconda and tries to win the singer over by all means. Torn between her love for Enzo and her care of her blind old mother who always travels with her, she is caught up in Barnabà´s web of hatred and passion that entraps her ever more tightly; ultimately, there is no escape. After Enzo has overcome various obstacles and managed to escape with Laura, disappearing from her life, Gioconda sees no way out. Barnabà who believes that his desire is about to be fulfilled cannot prevent her from ending her life.
Amilcare Ponchielli, born in 1834 in Paderno Fasolaro near Cremona, died 1886 in Milano, became famous mainly for his LA GIOCONDA, although he had written twelve other operas. Love, passion, hatred, you name it- there is everything in the story of the singer Gioconda that a lover of the great Italian opera would expect. Arrigo Boito who years later was to write the libretti for OTELLO und FALSTAFF, the final two masterpieces by Verdi had no real reason for writing the text of La Gioconda under the pseudonym of Tobia Gorrio. He transposed Victor Hugo´s novel, “Angelo, tyrant of Padua“ into a comprehensive operatic text full of suspense and effects. Here you will encounter luscious melodies, moving rustic scenes on the stage and above all the decor characterized by its opulence, with some original pieces from the opera period. This ensures a glamorous event that will enchant you with every performance.
Ponchielli combined French and Italian operatic virtues with La GIOCONDA. This is pure feeling expressed in melodies, with the trapped passions of love, hatred and vengeance, displayed in a scenery with gorgeous historic images of the French opéra , accompanied by an extensive ballet and choir.
Introduction (in German language): 45 minutes before beginning; Rang-Foyer