In 17th-century Venice, Enzo Grimaldo has abandoned the unfortunate Gioconda – whose mother, La Cieca, is accused of witchcraft – and is now in love with Laura, the wife of Alvise. This emblematic work, from the period between Verdi’s heyday and the dawn of Verismo, is the best known of Amilcare Ponchielli’s operas. In addition to the famous “Dance of the Hours” and Gioconda’s suicide aria, La Gioconda contains many other superbly lyrical examples of post-Romantic sensibility. The masterful orchestration and the vocal writing of roles such as Laura, La Cieca, Enzo Grimaldo and Barnaba, are other key facets. The distinguished cast will be headed by Iréne Theorin, hailed as one of the best dramatic sopranos of our times, who has earned long ovations at the Liceu for her performances in Wagnerian roles. Now she appears in Barcelona once more to give us her long-awaited Gioconda.
ConductorGuillermo García Calvo
DirectorPier Luigi Pizzi
CastIréne Theorin | Dolora Zajick | Ildebrando D’Arcangelo | María José Montiel | Brian Jagde | Gabriele Vivani | Carlos Daza | Beñat Egiarte | Marc Pujol | Alessandro Riga (CND) | Letizia Giuliani
Number of actsOpera in 4 acts
Total running time3h55
Sung inSung in Italian
Date of performance2019-04-10Share on Facebook