Monday, February 17, 2020, 7 p.m., State Opera

Amilcare Ponchielli: LA GIOCONDA


Musical preparation: Igor Bulla
Stage director: Dominik Beneš
Sets: Petr Vítek
Costumes: Lenka Polášková
Light Design: Daniel Tesař
Choreography: Béla Kéri Nagy
Chorus master: Iveta Popovičová
Dramaturgy: Alžběta Lukáčová


La Gioconda - Jolana Fogašová
Laura Adorno - Michaela Šebestová
La Cieca - Jitka Sapara Fischerová
Enzo Grimaldo - Max Jota
Barnaba - Zoltán Vongrey
Alvise Badoero - Ivan Zvarík
Zuane - Marián Hadraba
Isepo - Michal Hýrošš
Cantore - Matúš Bujňák
First voice - Juraj Kašša
Second voice - Juraj Duda


The State Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet

La Gioconda is a work that forms a bridge between Verdi's Romanticism and emerging verismo and, with its great ballet entry, also refers to the tradition of French opera. However, it is certainly not a sentimental idyll that was still composed at the time of its inception (1876) - it is a realistic drama that presents the turbulent fate of its actors so credibly that it could easily be an image of contemporary society. Under the cheerful carnival exterior, Renaissance Venice conceals intrigues, a tangle of the invincible power of the authorities, secret police, spies and the state inquisition. It is fun in fear, laughing through tears. Against the backdrop of such social situation, the intricate fates of the main characters of the love triangle - Gioconda, Laura and Enzo.

Performed in Italian with Slovak and English subtitles
Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Premiere: April 27, 2018, Banská Bystrica





La Gioconda, Jozef Lomnický

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