Joseph Calleja
La Gioconda | Ponchielli

La Gioconda | Ponchielli

La Gioconda | Ponchielli

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, stentorian Russian bass–baritone Alexander Krasnov, 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.