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April 27, 2018
Performance of the State Opera in Banská Bystrica as part of the 14th Festival of Music Theater Opera 2020 (www.festival-opera.cz).
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.
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
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!
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 40 CZK/h.