San Francisco Opera: Ponchielli's La Gioconda

Airs Saturday, September 2, 2017, at 12 noon. The American Opera Series from WFMT continues with a new season from the San Francisco Opera opening with an archival broadcast of Ponchielli's La Gioconda starring Renata Scotto as La Gioconda and Luciano Pavarotti as Enzo Grimaldo, with Stefania Toczyska as Laura, Margarita Lilova as La Cieva, Norman Mittlemann as Barnaba, Feruccio Furlanetto as Alvise, John Del Carlo as Zuane, Tonio Di Paolo as Isepo, and Isepo as A Monk. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus are under the direction of Bruno Bartoletti with stage direction from Lotfi Mansouri, and the chorus master was Richard Bradshaw.