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Friday Night at the Opera - 12/2/11 - Ponchielli: La Gioconda


La Gioconda is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli set to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Angelo, tyran de Padoue, a play in prose by Victor Hugo, dating from 1835.

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. This 1981 recording stars Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballe. Bruno Bartoletti conducts.

 
Friday, December 02, 2011

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:10p
Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda - National Phil.; Bruno Bartoletti, conductor; Luciano Pavarotti; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:00p
11:20p
Wagner: Die Walkure Act 1 excerpts - Vienna Phil.; Solti, conductor; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:46p
Mascagni: Guglielmo Ratcliff, opera (tragedia) in 4 acts: Ratcliff's Dream ; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:51p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:54p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:58p
Puccini: Le villi, opera: La Tregenda ; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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