Only one lyric tenor on the scene today has the honeyed tone and ingratiating style to make comparisons to Pavarotti and Gigli seems serious, and it is Calleja, the man from Malta, who... is now maturing into an artist of the first rank." - New Yorker
La Gioconda - Amilcare Ponchielli
- Grange Park Opera, Surrey, UK
- June 4, 13, 21, 23, 27 July 1, 9, 12, 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.
An opera in four acts.
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 Design: Simon Corder