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The State Opera Banská Bystrica

La Gioconda

Amilcare Ponchielli
The State Opera
Festival of Music Theatre 2020

Basic information


The State Opera


The State Opera Banská Bystrica


In Italian, surtitles in Slovak, English


April 27, 2018

Opera Festival 2020

Performance of the State Opera in Banská Bystrica as part of the 14th Festival of Music Theater Opera 2020 (

La Gioconda is a work that forms a bridge between Verdi's Romanticism and emerging verismo and, with its great ballet entry, also refers to the tradition of French opera.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


Musical preparation
Igor Bulla
Stage director
Dominik Beneš
Light design
Daniel Tesař
Movement coach
Béla Kéri Nagy
Chorus master
Iveta Popovičová


The State Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet

La Gioconda is certainly not a sentimental idyll that was still composed at the time of its inception (1876) - it is a realistic drama that presents the turbulent fate of its actors so credibly that it could easily be an image of contemporary society. Under the cheerful carnival exterior, Renaissance Venice conceals intrigues, a tangle of the invincible power of the authorities, secret police, spies and the state inquisition. It is fun in fear, laughing through tears. Against the backdrop of such social situation, the intricate fates of the main characters of the love triangle - Gioconda, Laura and Enzo. 

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Photo and video gallery


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in April-September 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the State opera

    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 60 CZK/h.

    Buffets at the State Opera

    No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!

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