"La Gioconda" by Amilcare Ponchielli

Mar 3, 2018 -- Posted by : Marian

1 - “Marian Pop gave a truly mesmerizing acting performance in the role of Barnaba. From his first entrance onto the stage, in which he is seen bugging Gioconda’s phone, he exudes evil, and moreover, he relishes in the fact. He is never far from the heart of the action in one guise or another, whether it be a lawyer, an army captain or a seaman, yet he is always a spy, always intent on destruction. Pop played the part for all it was worth, his every gesture, his every facial expression perfectly placed. He laughed at people’s despair, enjoyed their pain and hated everyone, including Alvise. In Act two, a group of citizens are caught attempting to escape the country on Enzo’s ship. The curtain falls to Barnaba orchestrating their execution. Pop has an accomplished singing technique, which he employed to good effect. His phrasing was always finely measured, with exactly the right amount of venom or irony in the voice. “

Source: http://operawire.com/tiroler-landestheater-innsbruck-2017-review-la-gioconda-elena-mikhailenko-shines-in-controversial-but-effective-production/

 

2 - “All’estremo opposto, come efficacia della caratterizzazione scenica, il suo sinistro strumento Barnaba, per il quale il rumeno Marian Pop ha realizzato in modo ideale le intenzioni della regia, creando veramente, nei panni dell’informatore-provocatore di un regime di polizia, la figura descritta da Victor Hugo nella prefazione al suo dramma: “eterno nemico di tutto quel che è elevato; mutevole di forma secondo tempo e luogo, ma in fondo sempre lo stesso; spione a Venezia, eunuco a Costantinopoli, opinionista d’assalto (pamphlétaire) a Parigi … miserabile intelligente e infame che non sa altro che nuocere”. Questo camaleontismo è stato anche sottolineato dal frequente cambio di costume, e, dopo un «E cantan su lor tombe!» che vocalmente non lasciava presagire nulla di buono, da un canto che è andato via via imponendosi sin dal duetto con il tenore.”

Source:http://www.operaclick.com/recensioni/teatrale/innsbruck-landestheater-la-gioconda

 

3 - “Marian Pop kann als Barnaba Gefährlichkeit und Zynismus auch in die Stimme legen ...”

Source: http://www.tt.com/kultur/buehne/13710286-91/stimmenfest-im-spitzelstaat.csp

 

4 - “Barnaba, die Inkarnation des Bösen und wohl der infamste aller Opernschurken (von Gessler über Hagen, Jago, Scarpia bis hin zu Francesco Cenci), fand in Marian Pop eine höchst beeindruckende, nie überzeichnende Verkörperung. Besondere Erwähnung verdienen der Gänsehaut erzeugende Monolog sowie das Duett mit Enzo im 1. Akt.  Eine überragende Leistung des weltweit gefragten rumänischen Baritons, die vom Publikum seltsamerweise nicht angemessen gewürdigt wurde. Sonst werden doch gerade die Bösewichte am meisten bejubelt!”

Source: http://der-neue-merker.eu/innsbrucktiroler-landestheater-la-gioconda-ungetruebter-musikgenuss-aber-vergiss-venedig-premiere

 

5 - “ Marian Pop als Spitzel Barnaba ließ stimmlich und schauspielerisch keine Wünsche offen .”

Source: https://www.meinbezirk.at/imst/lokales/der-krampf-um-la-gioconda-d2331143.html

 

6 - “Als Barnaba war Marian Pop mit dunkler und metalischer Stimme eine Bösewicht par excelence, genau so, wie man die selbst Verdi‘s Jago in den Schatten stellende Figur geben muss. Der rumänische Bariton, vorwiegend in Kassel engagiert, verfügte darüber hinaus über eine klare, scharfe Diktion, über Agilität der Stimmführung, Höchensicherheit, gepaart mit passend glatzköpfiger Erscheinung.“

Source: http://archiv.opernglas.de/index.php?sid=x&shp=oxbaseshop&cl=details&anid=gut5a325d6277bad9.29189867&pgNr=1&listtype=search&searchparam=Anna 

Cast

La Gioconda                         Elena Mikhailenko

Laura, wife of Alvise              Jennifer Feinstein

Alvise Badoèro                        Dominic Barberi

La Cieca                                   Anna-Maria Dur

Enzo Grimaldo​​​​​​​                        Viktor Antipenko

Barnaba​​​​​​​                                          Marian Pop

Zuàne ​​​​​​​                                Unnsteinn Árnason 

                                                  Jerzy Kasprzak

Isèpo ​​​​​​​                                 William Tyler Clark

 

Conductor                                Francesco Rosa

 

Staging, Costumes and Set designing

     Alexandra Szemerédy & Magdolna Parditka

 

 

 

Some pictures from the production of La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli, at Landestheater Innsbruck

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