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La Gioconda (Milanov 1960)

VAIA 1255 (3cd)

Amilcare Ponchielli

La Gioconda

Complete Opera. Performance of 8 October, 1960. Stereo recording.

Plus bonus disc of highlights from La Gioconda, New Orleans Opera, November 5, 1953, starring Zinka Milanov, Roberto Turrini, Cesare Bardelli and Claramae Turner.

Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans Opera
Walter Herbert, conductor

Recorded live, New Orleans Opera, 1960


Gioconda - ZINKA MILANOV
Laura Adorno - IRENE KRAMARICH
La Cieca - MARY McMURRAY
Enzo Grimaldo - GIUSEPPE GISMONDO
Barnaba - CESARE BARDELLI
Alvise Badoero - WILLIAM WILDERMANN
Isèpo - THOMAS CARTER
Zuàne - STEVE HARUN
Pilot - STEVE HARUN
Monk - RALPH SLIFKIN
Cantore - STEVE HARUN
Voice - THOMAS CARTER


Soprano Zinka Milanov (1906-1989) stars in this 1960 production by the New Orleans Opera, captured in vivid stereo sound. Madame Milanov is joined by Giuseppe Gismondo (Enzo), Irene Kramarich (Laura), Mary McMurray (La Cieca), Cesare Bardelli (Barnaba) and William Wildermann (Alvise). The Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans Opera are under the direction of Renato Cellini. Bonus third disc features highlights from the 1953 New Orleans Opera production of La Gioconda, again starring Milanov, this time with Roberto Turrini as Enzo, Claramae Turner as Laura, and Jean Madeira as La Cieca.

Three discs for the price of two.

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