La Gioconda

La Gioconda

Amilcare Ponchielli

04 Jun - 12 Jul 2020


Rarely-performed verismo (‘realism’) blockbuster La Gioconda was triumphant when first staged at La Scala, Milan – the model for the Theatre in the Woods – to become the most successful new Italian opera between Verdi’s Aida (1871) and Otello (1887). It ran and ran.

Set in Venice during Carnival, ballad-singer Gioconda has the misfortune to have caught the eye of Barnaba, a spy for the Inquisition. Alas, she is in love with Enzo. Her rival for Enzo’s heart is Laura who performs an act of great compassion. But for Gioconda it must end in death.

A starry international cast is led by Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja.


Gioconda: Amanda Echalaz
Enzo: Joseph Calleja
Laura: Ruxandra Donose
Barnaba: David Stout
Alvise: Clive Bayley
La Cieca: Elisabetta Fiorillo


Conductor: Gianluca Marciano
Director: Stephen Medcalf
Designer: Francis O’Connor
Movement: Sarah Fahie
Lighting Director: John Bishop

An opera in four acts

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English

Music: Amilcare Ponchielli

Libretto: Tobia Gorrio (anagrammatic pseudonym of Arrigo Boito). Based on Angelo, Tyrant of Padua, a play in prose by Victor Hugo, 1835.

First performance: 8 April 1876, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

UK premiere: 31 May 1883, Covent Garden

With the Orchestra of English National Opera

English National Opera

Joseph Calleja stars as Enzo, leading a team of vocal powerhouses.

He is a Maltese tenor with an international career like no other.

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Members have priority booking from Tuesday 22 October

Public booking opens Tuesday 3 March

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Thursday 4 June 2020


Saturday 13 June 2020


Sunday 21 June 2020


Tuesday 23 June 2020


Saturday 27 June 2020


Wednesday 1 July 2020


Thursday 9 July 2020


Sunday 12 July 2020