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Opera Australia presents La Gioconda in Concert
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Opera Australia presents La Gioconda in Concert Tickets

Sydney, NSW
Joined by a star studded line up, famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann returns to Australia and makes his role debut in this darkly beautiful and rarely heard opera.

About Opera Australia presents La Gioconda in Concert

Jonas Kaufmann – “The world’s greatest tenor” (AFR) – returns to Australia.

Luscious melodies transport us to Venice, where carnevale is in full swing. A furtive spy – Barnaba – eyes a young singer among the revellers. He steps out of the shadows, taking a chance on an amorous advance.

When the singer rejects him, Barnaba’s vengeful acts set in motion a chain of twists and treachery that threaten to pull all asunder. Must La Gioconda risk everything to save Enzo – the man she adores?

Composer Amilcare Ponchielli took one of Victor Hugo’s plays as inspiration for this grand opera all’Italiana. His Act III ballet ‘La danza delle ore’ found enduring popularity in Disney’s Fantasia.

Famously sung by Maria Callas, the title role takes on a newly empowered dimension through the vocal fireworks of Saioa Hernández – a soprano hailed as “the diva of our century” by none other than Montserrat Caballé.

Jonas Kaufmann makes a welcome return to Australia after his “gilded voice” (The New Yorker) shone in Lohengrin (2022) at Arts Centre Melbourne. Making his role debut as the ardent Enzo, “the world’s greatest tenor” (AFR) performs in these two exceptional concerts as part of the Sydney Opera House’s 50th birthday celebrations.

Hernandez and Kauffman are joined by Agnieszka Rehlis as Enzo’s lover Laura, Vitalij Kowaljow as her husband Alvise Badoera, and Ludovic Tézier as the state spy Barnaba in this all too rarely performed masterpiece.

Pinchas Steinberg conducts.

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Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg

La Gioconda: Saioa Hernández

Laura Badoero/La Cieca: Agnieszka Rehlis

Alvise Badoero: Vitalij Kowaljow

Barnaba: Ludovic Tézier

Enzo Grimaldo: Jonas Kaufmann

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

Run time

3hrs (incl. interval)

Start date

August 9th, 2023

End date

August 12th, 2023


Sydney Opera House - Concert Hall


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