M1500 .P66 G56 2003 DVD
Opera in four acts. Music by Amilcare Ponchielli. Libretto by Arrigo Boito, after Victor Hugo.
Recorded live at the Vienna State Opera, Plácido Domingo and Eve Marton star in a sumptuous recording of Ponchielli's famed four-act melodrama La Gioconda. With the premiere of this action-filled opera in 1876, Ponchielli became an overnight success. Set against a semi-historical background of tyranny and intrigue in ever-romantic Venice, the story revolves around strong characters whose fundamentally sound instincts become distorted by passion. Drawing on all the resources known to the 19th century stage, including a large ballet, this lavish opera varies in mood from a happy carnival spirit to scenes of the darkest gloom and horror.
Performers: Eva Marton (Gioconda) ; Plácido Domingo (Enzo) ; Matteo Manuguerra (Barnaba) ; Ludmila Semtschuk (Laura) ; Kurt Rydl (Alvise) ; Margarita Lilowa (Cieca) ; supporting soloists ; chorus, ballet, and orchestra of the Vienna State Opera ; Adam Fischer, conductor.
Recorded live at the Vienna State Opera.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Distributed by Image Entertainment (www.image-entertainment.com).