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Finale 34 – Act III La Gioconda

During the half century that separates the premieres of Verdi’s Nabucco from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut only two Italian operas not by Verdi entered the standard operatic repertoire – so complete was his dominance. The two survivors are Boito’s Mefistofele and Ponchielli’s La Gioconda. Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-86) was born in a small town near Cremona. He…

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Cielo e Mar

Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-86) is best known for his opera La Gioconda. This work is one of opera’s guilty pleasures. It’s libretto is so embarrassingly florid that Arrigo Boito who wrote it after a play by Victor 1Hugo couldn’t bring himself to put his name to it, so he rearranged the 10 letters of his first…

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