11 JUNE - 13 JULY
Starring Joseph Calleja
For one of the grandest of Italian grand operas, GPO welcomes back the clarion tones of Joseph Calleja, as the treacherous lover.
With South African soprano Amanda Echalaz, already acclaimed at ROH and the Met, Ruxandra Donose and Elisabetta Fiorillo there will be a huge amount of vocal firepower on stage for this first UK production since 2008.
Luscious tunes portray most serene Venice – La Serenissima – a place preferring peace to conflict, a place of diplomacy, wealth, justice and prosperity.
But under the cruel eye of the Inquisition lives a simple singer: a dutiful daughter to her blind mother. Bursting with love for her mother, her lover Enzo, and fury at his treachery, she tumbles into Venice’s bloody underworld.
Verdi was king of the opera scene, and, briefly, Ponchielli’s Gioconda, toppled him. There was not a dry eye in La Scala as everyone mourned the noble tragedy of the simple singer, La Gioconda. It ran and ran.
An opera in four acts
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Music: Amilcare Ponchielli
Libretto: Arrigo Boito
First performance: 8 April 1876, La Scala
UK première: 31 May 1883, Covent Garden
Supported by Hamish & Sophie Forsyth with Ken & Fiona Costa, David & Elizabeth Challen, The de Laszlo Foundation
Cast & Creatives
ENZO GRIMALDI, Genoese prince ∙ JOSEPH CALLEJA Sponsor François Freyeisen & Shunichi Kubo
LA GIOCONDA, a singer ∙ AMANDA ECHALAZ Sponsor Harry Hyman
LA CIECA, her mother ∙ ELISABETTA FIORILLO
ALVISE BADOERO, leader of the Inquisition ∙ MARCO SPOTTI
LAURA, Alvise’s wife, once betrothed Enzo ∙ RUXANDRA DONOSE
BARNABA, spy of the Inquisition ∙ DAVID STOUT Sponsor Noreen Doyle
ZUANE ∙ TOKI HAMANO Sponsor Raymonde Jay
ISEPO ∙ JAMES SCHOUTEN
ORCHESTRA ∙ THE GASCOIGNE ORCHESTRA
Saturday 11 June 5:45pm
Thursday 16 June 5:45pm
Monday 20 June 5:45pm
Thursday 23 June 5:45pm
Saturday 2 July 5:45pm
Sunday 10 July 5:45pm
Wednesday 13 July 5:45pm
Provisional running times
First Half: 5:45 – 7:35
Interval: 7:35 – 9:05
Second Half: 9:05 – 10:35
Pioneers & Singer Sponsors: Wednesday 6 Oct
Revels: Wednesday 20 Oct
Hippocrates: Wednesday 24 Nov
Archimedes: Wednesday 15 Dec
Plato: Wednesday 9 Feb
Public: Wednesday 9 Mar