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Gioconda 1984Tayside Opera

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Ponchielli's masterpiece is hardly ever performed in Britain even by professionals. The Carl Rosa company brought it to Scotland in 1903, but since then it has been the property of the bravest (most reckless or foolhardy?) of amateur groups. The scenic demands - a regatta on the Grand Canal, a burning ship, St Mark's Square, a Venetian palazzo, not to mention the most famous ballet in the whole of Italian opera, make this a challenge to bring off even in the Verona arena. Still, in spite of the implausibilities of plot it is a hugely enjoyable work, packed with glorious tunes, and always works in performance. This production proved that to be the case, providing a thoroughly stimulating evening, with some excellent singing. The title role attracted Gelda Ball back to the company after some years away, and it was easy to see why.

Performance Cast

Gioconda a ballad singer

Gelda Bell

Laura Adorno wife of Alvise

Elizabeth Watson

Alvise Badoero one of the State Inquisitors

David Button

La Cieca a blind woman, Gioconda's mother

Norma Carr

Enzo Grimaldo a Genoese nobleman

Roger Crook

Barnaba a spy of the Inquisition

William Dewar

Zuane a boatman

Murray Marshall

Pilot

Graeme Adamson

Isèpo a public scribe

Philip Kearns

Performance DatesGioconda 1984

Map List

Gardyne Theatre | Dundee

30 Oct, 19.30 31 Oct, 19.30 1 Nov, 19.30 2 Nov, 19.30 3 Nov, 19.30

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