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At the Opera - 1/19/13 - 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. It is one of only a few operas that features a principal role for each of the six major voice types. This live 1979 recording stars Montserrat Caballe and Jose Carreras. Jesus Lopez-Cobos conducts.

 
Saturday, January 19, 2013

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
8:09p
Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda - Orchestre e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ; Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor; Anita Cerquetti / Mario Del Monaco; Label: Polygram Records FindBUY
11:00p
11:24p
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida: Celeste Aida - n/a; Ray Sinatra, conductor; Mario Lanza; Label: RCA FindBUY
11:28p
Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci: Vesta La Giubba - n/a; Ray Sinatra, conductor; Mario Lanza; Label: RCA FindBUY
11:32p
trad.: Non Ti Scordar Di Me ; Label: RCA FindBUY
11:36p
Eduardo Di Capua : O Sole Mio - n/a; Ray Sinatra, conductor; Mario Lanza; Label: RCA FindBUY
11:44p
Tchaikovsky: Prince Gremin's Aria ; Label: EMI Classics FindBUY
11:49p
Boris Christoff: Song Of The Volga boatmen ; Label: EMI Classics FindBUY
11:54p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:57p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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