"This opera is performed rarely although it has a great performance tradition," says Almási-Tóth, artistic director of the Hungarian State Opera since July 2018. "It ought to be a discovery for those who hear it for the first time, whereas those familiar with the piece might also experience a revelation." In his opinion, "La Gioconda" is an atmospheric opera based on enormous chasms between people and their emotions.

The complicated plot posed a challenge to the director, who chose to create an abstract space. In a traditional Venetian scenery the movements of the characters are obstructed by water and bridges as well as a mysterious wooden box representing "family". All this serves as a perfect background in which eternal human relationships are scrutinised.

According to the director, "in our world, people cannot connect. Therefore, they attempt to find the most impossible ways to find each other."

The opera is presented in Italian with English and Hungarian subtitles.


Eszter Sümegi as Gioconda
Bernadett Wiedemann as La Cieca
Alexandru Agache as Barnaba
Gergely Boncsér as Enzo Grimaldi
Erika Gál as Laura Adorno
Krisztián Cser as Alvise Badoero
Director: András Almási-Tóth
Choreographer: Dóra Barta
Set designer: Éva Szendrényi
Costume designer: Bori Tóth

"La Gioconda"
Erkel Theatre
II. János Pál pápa tér 30, Budapest 1087
Tel.: (06-1) 332-6150
Premiere: 22 February
Further dates: 24, 28 February, 3, 6, 10 March
All 6pm except 3 March, 11am

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