Amilcare Ponchielli

La Gioconda

Opera

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Ponchielli's most famous opera whisks the audience back to the magical, but at the same time, dangerous Venetian Republic of the 17th century. The piece's protagonist is a street singer named Gioconda. In spite of her name, which means “the jovial one”, her life takes a tragic turn owing to the intrigues of a diabolically evil figure who is hopelessly in love with her.
Ponchielli and Boito employ nearly every available trope of grand opéra: the carnival masquerade, the love triangle, unexpected twists, poison, a blind woman denounced as a witch, stirring crowd scenes – and dance: the best-known part of the opera is the ballet interlude the Dance of the Hours.
This work in the style of French and Italian grand opera premiered at the Erkel Theatre in a production directed by András Almási-Tóth.

The critics respond:
“I liked the conceit that everything that is either good or bad comes from the sea. The Dance of the Hours was extremely successful, too.” (Tamás Márok, Tiszatáj online)

Opera in two parts, four acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
Age limit: over 16 years

Premiere: Feb. 22, 2019

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Budapest, Erkel Theatre
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CAST AND CREW
Director: Almási-Tóth András

General cast:
Conductor: Gergely Kesselyák

Gioconda: Anikó Bakonyi / Eszter Sümegi
La Cieca, Gioconda’s blind mother: Kiss Judit Anna univ. stud. / Bernadett Wiedemann
Barnaba: Levente Molnár / Alexandru Agache
Enzo Grimaldo: Gergely Boncsér
Laura Adonro: Anna Fürjes univ. stud. / Erika Gál
Alvise Badoero, chief of the State Inquisition, husband of Laura: Krisztián Cser / Gábor Bretz
Zuane, a competitor in the regatta: András Kőrösi
Isepo, a scribe: Ferenc Kristofori
A priest / A street singer / A voice from afar: N.N.
Another voice from afar: N.N.
Dancers: N.N.
Venetian spies: N.N.

Credits:
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Director: András Almási-Tóth
Artistic consultant: Éva Marton
Set designer: Éva Szendrényi
Graphics used in set design created by Margit Balla
Costume designer: Bori Tóth
Lighting designer: Bányai Tamás
Choreographer: Dóra Barta
Hungarian surtitles: Judit Kenesey
English surtitles: Arthur Roger Crane
Assistant set designer: Fruzsina Augusztinyi
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki

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