La Gioconda, by A. Ponchielli
From 16 April to 18 April 2024

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    Naples is authentic and vibrant. The historic heart is full of architectural wonders, but in Naples, the show is also in the street and the plate. Pizzas, stews, babas are just some of the culinary specialties of a city with generous sunshine. In addition to the “Spaccanapoli” artery of old Naples, you can stroll along the seaside, from the Castle of the Egg to the small fishing port of Mergellina. If you don’t have time to visit the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, you can enjoy the wonders of the Archaeological Museum of Naples, a perfect counterpoint to ancient visits. For lovers of unusual activities, the underground and catacombs of San Gennaro (with their early Christian frescoes) will satisfy all desires.


    But in Naples, music reigns supreme, and has been since the seventeenth century. There are countless singers who have made the glory of Neapolitan opera, such as Farinelli, Carestini and later Caruso. The vocal cast, imagined by the current director of the Teatro San Carlo, Dominique Meyer, brings together no less than five of the greatest singers of our time. The line-up is simply dizzying: Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier and Anita Rachvelishvili! Faced with such a deluge of stars, the work performed could be nothing more than a pretext; this is not the case: Ponchielli’s La Gioconda is one of the masterpieces of the Italian repertoire.

    The program
    La Gioconda, by A. Ponchielli
    April 16, 2024

    At 8 p.m., at the Teatro San Carlo:


    LA GIOCONDA, by A. Ponchielli


    Pinchas Steinberg: Conductor

    Romain Gilbert: Director


    Anna Netrebko:  La Gioconda

    Alexandre Kopeczi Alvise: Badoero

    Ksenia Nikolayeva: The Blind Man

    Jonas Kaufmann: Enzo Grimaldo

    Ludovic Tézier: Barnabé


    During his lifetime, Amilcare Ponchielli was considered the most important Italian composer along with Verdi. Posterity may have been less radiant than for Verdi’s “Busetto’s Swan”, but the fact remains that the opera La Gioconda (premiered at La Scala in 1876) has never left the stage.Inspired by Victor Hugo’s play Angelo Tyrant of Padua, the story is set in seventeenth-century Venice. With a beautiful Italianness, Ponchielli delivers particularly characteristic arias, to which is added the famous Ballet of the Hours used in the cinema in Disney’s Fantasia.


    It is a joy to hear an opera whose four roles have so many anthology moments, and it is even more so when these roles are played by an extraordinary cast: Anna Netrebko (Gioconda), Jonas Kaufmann (Enzo), Anita Rachvelishvili (Laura) and Ludovic Tézier (Barnabé)! These immense operatic stars will be directed by veteran Pinchas Steinberg and directed by Frenchman Romain Gilbert with costumes by Christian Lacroix.


    The Hotel Excelsior, a splendour of the Belle Epoque, all stucco and mirrors, has the charm of the great hotels of the beginning of the century. The salons have retained their flamboyant style. The hotel overlooks the Bay of Naples and the Castel dell’Ovo. On a clear day, you will see Capri and the majestic Vesuvius.

    HOTEL VESUVIO (*****)

    Since 1882, the Grand Hotel Vesuvio has been the Neapolitan home of travelers and celebrities from all over the world. In the heart of the city, the only 5-star luxury hotel on the seafront in Naples, this palace features a panoramic restaurant (the Caruso Roof Garden), a bar and a fitness and relaxation club with an indoor swimming pool. The attention to detail and hospitality tradition of this legendary hotel are pleasantly combined with the atmosphere rich in history, and the most sophisticated comforts.


    Hotel Excelsior:

    Package in a Deluxe double room, sea view: 700 €

    Package in a Deluxe double room, sea view for single use: €1,130


    Hotel Vesuvio:

    Deluxe King double room package, sea view: €1,075

    Deluxe King Double Room Package, Sea View for Individual Use: €1,759


    The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 2 nights from 16 to 18 April 2024 • tourist tax • Poltrona category show ticket (Cat II) with the orchestra • repatriation assistance.


    The price of this trip does not include: extras • transportation • airport transfers.


    Individual stay.

    Transport and airport transfers on request.



    Program and prices are subject to change by the Teatro San Carlo, or by government decision due to possible health constraints.

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