La Gioconda



The opera La Gioconda was composed by Amilcare Ponchielli to a libretto by Arrigo Boto based on Angelo, Tyran de Padoue by Victor Hugo. It was first performed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Italy) on 1876-04-08 and published by Sonzogno. The opera is set in Venice.

Dramatis Personae:

  • Alvise Badoero, A leader of the Venetian Inquisition, husband of Laura (Bass)
  • Barnaba, A street singer (Baritone)
  • La Cieca, Gioconda's mother (Contralto)
  • Enzo Grimaldo, A Genoese prince (Tenor)
  • La Gioconda, A singer (Soprano)
  • Ispo, A public scrivener (Tenor)
  • Laura Adorno, A Genoese lady (Mezzosoprano)
  • Pilot (Bass)
  • Singer (Bass)
  • Two distant voices (Bass)
  • Zune, A sailor in the regatta (Bass)

Sound clips:

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