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.