La Gioconda

La Gioconda

Amilcare Ponchielli



Libretto: Tabia Gorrio

First Performance: Milan, Teatro alla Scala, April 8, 1876

First Performance of this production: May 15, 2008

Conductor Omer M. Wellber
Director Jean Louis Grinda
Set Designers Eric Chevalier
Nicolas de Lajartre
Costume Designer Jean-Pierre Capeyron
Lighting Designer Jacques Chatelet
Choreographer Marc Ribaud


La Gioconda

Michele Crider

Victoria Safronova 16.5, 19.5, 22.5, 24.5, 28.5, 30.5

Hugh Smith

Vladimir Kuzmenko 16.5, 19.5, 22.5, 24.5, 28.5, 30.5

Jonathan Summers

Alexandru Agache 16.5, 19.5, 22.5, 24.5, 28.5, 30.5

Laura Brioli

Tiziana Cararo 16.5, 19.5, 22.5, 24.5, 28.5, 30.5

Paata Burchuladze

Ayk Martirossian 28.5, 29.5, 30.5

Tea Demurishvili

Svetlana Sandler 16.5, 22.5, 25.5, 29.5
Zuane Vladimir Braun
Isepo Sami Bechar
Un pilote Anatoli Krasik
Un Barnabotto Noah Briger

The Israeli Opera Chorus

Conductor: Yishai Steckler

The Young "Efroni" Choir
Conductor: Yasmin Yithak

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

Surtitles: Israel Ouval 

Sung in Italian
Surtitles in English and Hebrew

An outburst of emotions ranging from fiery love to uncontrolled hate and from passion to compassion in one of the most riveting Italian operas in the repertoire.


Production's Album

Photos: Yossi Zwecker        


*Thurs 15.5 (20:00), Fri 16.5 (13:00), Sat 17.5 (20:00), Mon 19.5 (20:00),

Tues 20.5 (20:00), Thirs 22.5 (20:00), Fri 23.5 (13:00), Sat 24.5 (20:00),

Sun 25.5 (20:00), Wed 28.5 (20:00), Thurs 29.5 (20:00), Fri 30.5 (13:00)

Towards opening: Sat 10.5 (11:00)

Before the show back stage tours: Tue 20.5 (19:00), Thurs 22.5 (19:00), Wed 28.5 (19:00)

* Premiere


La Gioconda features some of the greatest arias including Cielo e mar performed beautifully by Hugh Smith with his gorgeous big voice. Gioconda's Suicidio became a radiant solo in Michèle Crider's singing. I also loved the performance of Tea Demurishvili as Gioconda's blind mother. Immediately as bass Paata Burchuladze began to sing there was electricity in the air. His warm and sounding bass was one of the impressive moments of the evening. Laura Brioli sang charmingly and Barnaba was performed by the excellent Jonathan Summers who became superb towards the end. ("Ora Binur, Maariv")

The singers in this production are most impressive: the deep and regal bass of Paata Burchuladze is very well known here and his acting is as commanding. Most impressive was Jonathan Summers as the evil Barnaba. Summers has a combination of a voice with an interesting color, which he uses in a most intelligent way, and most expressive acting that always reaches the audience. Michèle Crider projected beautiful singing as Gioconda. Laura Biroli with her strong voice integrated well with the other members of the cast. Hugh Smith's enormous tenor helped a lot to the production and his acting was most convincing as well. (Hagai Hitron, "Haaretz")

I will always cherish the exciting singing of Michèle Crider in the final act. Jonathan Summers as Barnaba was most impressive. Paata Burchuladze was amazing as usual and Laura Brioli was impressive as well. But this was Michele Crider's evening with her beautiful singing, emotional power, foolproof vocal control and very good acting. ("Zvi Goren, Habamah")

“A beautiful production…very effective direction of Jean Louis Grinda …” (Classica Repertoire)

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