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Amilcare Ponchielli - La GiocondaNew production

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Janáček Theatre (Janáčkovo divadlo)Rooseveltova 1- 7, Brno, Southern Moravia, 602 00, Czech Republic
2017 February 04 19:00, February 05 19:00, February 07 19:00, February 11 17:00, February 16 17:00, April 08 17:00, May 31 17:00, September 02 17:00, 2018 June 05 17:00
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Janáček Opera NTB
Tomáš PilařDirector, Set Designer
Zimula Sylva HanákováCostume Designer

A drama set in Venice. The story of the singer Gioconda, who sacrificed herself to allow others to love.

Today Italian opera from the second half of the 19th century is inextricably linked with the names of Verdi and Puccini. Verdi’s contemporary Amilcare Ponchielli stands somewhat quietly to one side. However, his La Gioconda is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Italian music from the period. Its premiere at La Scala in 1876 met with great success and the critics said that Ponchielli was the one composer able to follow Verdi in the genre of “great opera”. The librettist Arrigo Boito reworked Victor Hugo’s play Angelo, Tyrant of Padua, transferring the entire plot to Venice in the 17th century. The tragic story of the singer Gioconda, who sacrifices herself to allow others to love, lent itself directly to large-scale musical treatment. Large choruses, the famous ballet number The Dance of the Hours, Enzo’s aria Cielo e mar and Laura’s prayer – all of this represents the best of 19th-century Italian opera.

Performed in the original Italian with Czech and English subtitles.

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