LIVE RECORDING FROM THE VIENNA STATE OPERA 1986
La Gioconda EVA MARTON
Enzo PLÁCIDO DOMINGO
Barnaba MATTEO MANUGUERRA
Laura LUDMILA SEMTSCHUK
Alvise KURT RYDL
La Cieca MARGARITA LILOWA
CHORUS, BALLET AND ORCHESTRA OF THE VIENNA STATE OPERA
Conducted by ADAM FISCHER
Amilcare Ponchielli’s sole operatic work La Gioconda made him a
major fi gure in Italy. It was not just the title that made it such
a success – “La Gioconda” is the Italian term for the famous
Leonardo da Vinci painting that is better known to the Englishspeaking
world as “Mona Lisa” – but rather its music and the poetic quality of
Arrigo Boito’s score.
Amilcare Ponchielli‘s opera La Gioconda was recorded for this DVD
at the Vienna State Opera in 1986 Direction and set design were
by Filippo Sanjust, choreography by Gerlinde Dill and Adam Fischer
conducted the choir and orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. The
international stars Eva Marton und Plácido Domingo guarantee an
opera experience to remember, lending the two main protagonists
in the drama a powerful vocal presence on the stage.
The Italian set designer and director Filippo Sanjust, (1925-1992)
worked on Luchino Visconti‘s Don Carlos in 1958 in London; he
also designed the sets for the world premieres of Hans Werner
Henze‘s operas The Young Lord (1965) and Bassariden (1966).
He made his debut as a director with a production of Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart‘s Die Zauberfl öte and subsequently went on
to direct operas at major houses all over the world. For the most
part, Sanjust showed a preference for historicist solutions or
classically severe representations.
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