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    La Gioconda

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    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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