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Extras
Teatro Real (Spain)
Georg Friedrich Händel
Ivor Bolton, Christopher Alden

Four suitors for one woman –one is a transvestite in disguise – is the point of departure of one of the most remarkable operas composed by Handel for the audiences of London. With Partenope, the Saxon composer employed a dramatic register that combined the antihero and satirical character of 17th century Venetian operas with the sentimental comedies of confusion that characterized opera buffa. Rejected by the head of the Royal Academy of Music because the libretto was a product of “the depraved taste of the Italian audience”, nonetheless, Partenope was such a commercial success that it was revived seven years later on the same stage at the King’s Theatre.

 

At a distance from the musical conventions of opera seria, the score of Partenope is lighter than customary, with its short arias and numerous ensembles. These push the action forward and bring it closer to a symbiosis between the singing voice and theatre. The stage direction of Christopher Alden –recipient of the Oliver Award for the Best New Opera Production in 2009– brings this delightful work to life in a sophisticated and urban setting inspired by the mansion of Nancy Cunard, where the world of photographer and visual artist Man Ray plays an important part.

Extras
Teatro Real (Spain)
Gioachino Rossini
Riccardo Frizza, Stefan Herheim

The story of the maid who is magically transformed into a princess is present in the folkloric traditions of ancient Greece, the Tang dynasty in China, The Thousand and One Nights, as well as in the anthologies of Perrault, the Grimm Brothers and -as we all know- Walt Disney. However, in none of them - as far as we know - is the Hamlet-like question uttered that we do hear in Rossini's La Cenerentola: ≪.Am I a prince or a cauliflower?≫. Indeed, a century and a half of commedia dell'arte tradition and another century of opera buffa had not passed in vain, and so the last dramma giocoso by the last great representative of this genre beat all expectations in its time - the opera reached Constantinople, Buenos Aires, Calcutta and Sydney just a few decades after its premiere in Rome - just as it continues to disappoint in ours.

 

Stefan Herheim's fun and lively production on this occasion adds an unexpected ingredient to this exciting mix of humour and fantasy, with the composer himself making an appearance and demonstrating how true magic is, in fact, to be found in the human voice.

 

Available from November 26

Dance
Bolshoi Theatre
Dmitri Shostakovich
Pavel Klinichev, Yuri Grigorovich

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the great 20th century choreographer, Yuri Grigorovich, The Bolshoi Theatre brings back to life The Golden Age.
The ballet was first presented at the Kirov Theatre in 1930, with, as its central theme, the battle and triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie. Surprisingly, the score by Dmitri Shostakovich raised political controversies, and consequently, the ballet vanished from the theaters until 1982, when Yuri Grigorovich restaged it with sets by Simon Virsaladze and a completely new libretto with a love story as its central focus. The conflict in the original production was recast as a clash between fishermen – the idealistic and morally superior workers – and society’s criminal elements.

 

Revived thirty-four years later with great artists of the new generation of the Bolshoi Ballet interpreting the lead roles, as Nina Kaptsova, Mikhail Lobukhin or Ruslan Skvortsov, the ballet finally made history.

Concerts
Lied Festival Victoria de los Ángeles
Franz Schubert
Samuel Hasselhorn, Ammiel Bushakevitz

In October 2020, the Victoria de Los Angeles Festival programs the Winterreise for the first time.

The baritone Samuel Hasselhorn accompanied on piano by Ammiel Bushakevitz takes us into Schubert's Winter Journey.

 

 

Concerts
Lied Festival Victoria de los Ángeles
Franz Schubert
Fleur Barron, Julius Drake

Woman voice journey

Dedicating the edition to the journeys of the soul, it was almost mandatory to start the 2021 festival with Winterreise, this winter journey, introspective, mysterious ... and an inexhaustible source of interpretations and nuances. Thus, throughout 2020-21 we will have approached the Schubert cycle through various visions: the most classic, with the baritone but young and fresh interpretation of Samuel Hasselhorn and the experience of Malcolm Martineau; a more innovative one, with the dramatic approach of Rafael R. Villalobos in the countertenor thesis of Xavier Sabata and Francisco Poyato at the piano; and finally that of a reference tenor like Mark Padmore, representative of the English school, with James Baillieu at the piano. This list could not miss the feminine approach to travel, and nobody better to do it than the mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, who will offer, together with the always romantic Julius Drake at the piano, a vision with a lot to say about the myth of Schubert and what not. will leave no one indifferent.

 

Opera
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Richard Wagner
Matthias Pintscher, Calixto Bieito

Bieito's interpretation of Wagner‘s Lohengrin deals with love, hate, jealousy and hope, but above all with man‘s imperative need to believe in something. To visualise these two contrasting worlds, Bieito creates two settings on stage: the world of fairy tales (the forest) and reality (the court room). According to Bieito, fairy tales are as relevant today as they once were and are not only fables we tell our children, but a necessity in adulthood as they mirror life itself by offering both good and bad. 

 

Concerts
Latvian National Opera
Various authors
Sesto Quatrini, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

Critics praise her and the audience loves her - Kristine Opolais, the primadonna and the star of the New York Metropolitan opera in a splendid solo concert at the Latvian National Opera. The programme includes arias both from operas that brought Kristine international acclaim and pieces that will be included in her future repertoire.

 

The beautiful programme, mostly dedicated to Italian music, will encourage you to dream about love and think about what is truly important. It will touch your heart in many ways.

Concerts
Fundación Juan March
Various authors
Teatri 35, Tiento Nuovo

The comparison of Caravaggesque chiaroscuro with Baroque musical creation has become popular. Based on this idea, this project brings together various baroque compositions with tableaux vivants that recreate live paintings by Caravaggio and Velázquez.

Opera
Antonio de Literes
Aarón Zapico, Tomás Muñoz

Los elementos is explicitly presented as a "harmonic opera in the Italian style", in which the best tradition of Hispanic verse converges with Italian musical novelties, materialised in the use of violins and the alternation of recitatives and arias. These stylistic features were then understood as synonymous with modernity, something that would not escape its first listeners either. The staging of this new production brings these allegorical codes to the present, while maintaining the emblematic world of baroque opera, with the original results typical of the splendour of this golden age of Spanish music.

Extras
Various authors
Varvara

Purcell's most important collection of keyboard music appeared posthumously in 1696 entitled A Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord and contains his eight suites for keyboard. In 1720 Handel published his Suites de pièces, a representative corpus of a genre composed between Hamburg and London. The performance of this harpsichord repertoire on the piano offers a new insight into the greatness of this music.

Extras
Blas de Laserna
Aarón Zapico, Pablo Viar

The Spain of the past criticises the Spain of the present. The Spain of the present complains about the inheritance received. And, in between, two bride and groom with a dark future plan their wedding. Costumbrismo and social criticism characterise the tonadillas, a dramatic-musical genre that flourished in Spain at the end of the 18th century. This production recovers three tonadillas by one of the most renowned authors of his time: Blas de Laserna.

Extras
Antonio de Literes
Aarón Zapico, Tomás Muñoz

Los elementos is explicitly presented as a "harmonic opera in the Italian style", in which the best tradition of Hispanic verse converges with Italian musical novelties, materialised in the use of violins and the alternation of recitatives and arias. These stylistic features were then understood as synonymous with modernity, something that would not escape its first listeners either. The staging of this new production brings these allegorical codes to the present, while maintaining the emblematic world of baroque opera, with the original results typical of the splendour of this golden age of Spanish music.