Concert will begin at 17:00 hours GMT
Ponchielli's 'La Gioconda' with Uria-Monzon, Tro Santafé, La Colla and Vassallo from Brussels
Ponchielli's 'La Gioconda' is an opera in four acts set to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito (as Tobia Gorrio), based on Angelo, Tyrant of Padua, a play in prose by Victor Hugo, dating from 1835. The story revolves around a woman, Gioconda, who so loves her mother that when Laura, her rival in love for the heart of Enzo, saves her mother's life, Gioconda puts aside her own romantic love to repay her. The villain Barnaba tries to seduce Gioconda, but she prefers death.
Performers: La Gioconda: Béatrice Uria-Monzon. Laura Adorno: Silvia Tro Santafé. Enzo Grimaldo: Stefano La Colla. Barnaba: Franco Vassallo. La Cieca: Ning Liang. Alvise Badoero: Jean Teitgen. Isèpo: Roberto Covatta.
La Monnaie-De Munt Children's Choir, Academic Choir, Choir and Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paolo Carignani.
Conspiracies and regattas form the backdrop to the fortunes of a young singer. Harassed by a heartless spy, she sacrifices everything to save the man she loves and the woman he prefers over her. Ponchielli based his flamboyant opera on Victor Hugo's play Angelo, tyrant of Padua.