Family

Family
Teatro Real
Xavier Montsalvatge
Diego Martín-Etxebarría, Emilio Sagi

Montsalvatge conceived Puss in Boots in 1947 as a piece in five pictures, for five voices (mezzo-soprano, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass). Although the libretto is based on Charles Perrault’s story Le chat botté, included in the collection Les contes de ma mère l'Oye (1697) and the scenes are colourful and humorous, very appropriate for children, the author of Cinco Canciones Negras made no concessions. Indeed, the score fully reflects the skills of a maturing composer: the score, while traditional in format, is a compendium of refinement, harmony and beauty, full of ironic touches and fantastical imagery.

 

In Montsalvatge’s own words: “My friend Mir suggested the subject, and Néstor Luján agreed to write the libretto. We wanted to create a magical show in one act and several scenes, half opera buffa, half ballet […] in the style of an 18th century opera, with functional recitative, arias and choreographed episodes… [we wanted] a happy ending and the obligatory final parade of all the characters: the cat, the miller, the princess, the ogre and the king.”

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Family
Teatro Real
Felix Mendelssohn
Nacho de Paz, Fernando Palacios

The music chosen for this Christmas concert, composed nearly three centuries ago by the young prodigy Felix Mendelssohn, transports us to a summer night when the fairies gather. The time and place of their meeting? The oldest oak tree in the forest, at midnight. Everything runs smoothly until a mischievous sprite appears and turns it all topsy-turvy. The famous Shakespeare play is full of fantasies which seem like dreams —or maybe nightmares.

 

Family
Teatro Real
César Franck
Rita Cosentino, Uxía Gonzalvo

The real world inspires us through the story of The Little Match Girl, she invites us on a very special journey. Experience the extraordinary, vital value of this wonderful Christmas tale.

 

For Andersen, the journey involves a turning point which transforms whoever takes the path and brings them to a happier place. The journey may be long or short, clear or blocked, straight or circular; sometimes we can even travel while standing still. But the important thing is to take the journey, because it is how we grow and become better people. Onwards! We invite you on this amazing journey with Hans Christian Andersen and the little match girl. The train is about to start!

Family
Teatro Real
Henry Purcell
Aarón Zapico, Rafael R. Villalobos

Dido & Aeneas was Purcell’s first opera. It was first performed at Mr Josias Priest's Boarding School for Girls in Chelsea in 1688 when Purcell was 29 years old. It tells the story of the turbulent love affair between Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan Aeneas, undoubtedly regarded as edifying for the young ladies at the school.

 

Today, in the 21st century, we have revived this wonderful opera in a new staging, highlighting some of its themes which invite us to think about the emotions involved in the passage from childhood to adolescence, such as friendship and loyalty, in opposition to envy, jealousy, and all their consequences. If you want to see what happens to Dido, you’ll have to come to her birthday party. You’re invited, we’re expecting you!

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Family
Teatro Real
Maurice Ravel
Carlos Chamorro, Fernando Palacios

To celebrate New Year's Eve 2017, the Teatro Real premiered, in the Main Hall, a new production for all audiences. The music of Maurice Ravel's famous work, Mother Goose, performed by the Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real, with musical direction by Carlos Chamorro, was accompanied by the always brilliant narrations of Fernando Palacios who, on this occasion, gave voice to some of the most famous traditional tales, such as Tom Thumb and Sleeping Beauty. The illustrations by Iban Barrenetxea take us into a world of fantasy that we won't want to leave.

 

The first editions of fairy tales appeared in France several centuries ago. Sometimes they were compilations of stories written with great care, other times they were new stories invented in the traditional style. The first author was Charles Perrault (Sleeping Beauty of the Forest, Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Tom Thumb...) Madame d'Aulnoy followed with The Fairy Room and Madame de Beaumont with Beauty and the Beast. A couple of centuries later (in the 20th century), Maurice Ravel chose some magical moments from these tales to inspire his work Ma mére l'oye. And a century later, we have combined fairy tales with music and a musical fairy tale has emerged.

 

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Family
Teatro Real
Xavier Montsalvatge
Diego Martín-Etxebarría, Emilio Sagi

Montsalvatge conceived Puss in Boots in 1947 as a piece in five pictures, for five voices (mezzo-soprano, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass). Although the libretto is based on Charles Perrault’s story Le chat botté, included in the collection Les contes de ma mère l'Oye (1697) and the scenes are colourful and humorous, very appropriate for children, the author of Cinco Canciones Negras made no concessions. Indeed, the score fully reflects the skills of a maturing composer: the score, while traditional in format, is a compendium of refinement, harmony and beauty, full of ironic touches and fantastical imagery.

 

In Montsalvatge’s own words: “My friend Mir suggested the subject, and Néstor Luján agreed to write the libretto. We wanted to create a magical show in one act and several scenes, half opera buffa, half ballet […] in the style of an 18th century opera, with functional recitative, arias and choreographed episodes… [we wanted] a happy ending and the obligatory final parade of all the characters: the cat, the miller, the princess, the ogre and the king.”

Family
Teatro Real
Various authors
Fernando Palacios, Noelia Rodiles

The rehearsal room used by the Teatro Real orchestra has perfect acoustics and a spectacular window with views over Plaza de Isabel II; a unique place for listening to music as the sun goes down and the lamps are lit on the streets of Madrid. The repertory – pieces with a nocturnal theme – centres on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

 

A poetic twilight concert, with an intimate piano and a narrator to bring to life the secret music of the moon in our consciousness.

Family
Teatro Real
Henry Purcell
Aarón Zapico, Rafael R. Villalobos

Dido & Aeneas was Purcell’s first opera. It was first performed at Mr Josias Priest's Boarding School for Girls in Chelsea in 1688 when Purcell was 29 years old. It tells the story of the turbulent love affair between Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan Aeneas, undoubtedly regarded as edifying for the young ladies at the school.

 

Today, in the 21st century, we have revived this wonderful opera in a new staging, highlighting some of its themes which invite us to think about the emotions involved in the passage from childhood to adolescence, such as friendship and loyalty, in opposition to envy, jealousy, and all their consequences. If you want to see what happens to Dido, you’ll have to come to her birthday party. You’re invited, we’re expecting you!

Family
Teatro Real
Various authors
Maite Chico, Compañía Antonio Gades

After the huge success of Movimientos: La danza de la punta al tacón, the Fundación Antonio Gades returns to the Teatro Real with a new production that is suitable for all ages. The Foundation draws on its history of fostering dance where, without using words, text and theatre convene. There is an educational component which introduces us to the different disciplines which make up Spanish dance: the bolero tradition, danza estilizada, folk dances, and of course the most universal of all, flamenco. An exciting, poetic journey through Spanish dance, evoking its sources, styles, schools, costumes, and first and foremost, the recreated essence of each era, beginning with the early Baroque. Inspired by the theatrical approach of the works of Antonio Gades, Hugo Pérez de la Pica has devised a show which celebrates the substance and variety of Spanish dance. His team includes Dominique You in lighting design, Mayte Chico in choreography, and Stella Arauzo as artistic director of the Compañía Antonio Gades.

 

Beginning with a theatrical narrative structure, a series of choreographies on the Teatro Real stage recall historical dances like the Pavane and the Chacona, the famous Escuela Bolera, Spain’s diverse folk dances, danza estilizada, and finally, flamenco. To combine this diversity in styles and choreographic languages in a one-hour educational show, the creators opted to use music by Spanish composers for piano and harpsichord. These were adapted for the keyboard by Mikhail Studyonov, who plays the pieces on stage. Alongside are guitarist Antonio Solera and the cantaores Juañares and Juañarito  who alternate performances. Performing artists Mayte Chico, Miguel Lara, Álvaro Madrid, Esmeralda Manzanas, Ana del Rey, Jairo Rodríguez, Luisa Serrano and Pepe Vento remember Antonio de Cabezón, Juan de Arañés, Tomás Bretón and Isaac Albéniz in their choreographies, as well as traditional melodies from folk dance and flamenco.

 

The poetic text running through the show, written by Pérez de la Pica, is inspired by and exalts dance. It celebrates and moves with the music and the choreography, summoning  different atmospheres with the words of the narrative, which transcend their simpler meaning. Understanding the text is less important than experiencing its rise and fall, rhythm and tone.

Family
Teatro Real
César Franck
Rita Cosentino, Uxía Gonzalvo

The real world inspires us through the story of The Little Match Girl, she invites us on a very special journey. Experience the extraordinary, vital value of this wonderful Christmas tale.

 

For Andersen, the journey involves a turning point which transforms whoever takes the path and brings them to a happier place. The journey may be long or short, clear or blocked, straight or circular; sometimes we can even travel while standing still. But the important thing is to take the journey, because it is how we grow and become better people. Onwards! We invite you on this amazing journey with Hans Christian Andersen and the little match girl. The train is about to start!

Family
Teatro Real
Jean Jadin
Clair de Lune Théâtre

This humorous story explores the confrontation between the adult world and the imaginary one of children. A conservative father and strict mother attempt to domesticate their playful daughter, whose only friend is a fearless hen. Eventually, the girl, influenced by her little friend, begins to cross boundaries. Her parents decide to go after this unusual bird but it does not go well for them. In the imaginary world of the little girl, anything is possible when humour prevails over closed-mindedness. Omelette is the name of the heroic hen, she lays a great many eggs during the show (and “you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs!"). Our recipe is “a mixture of seriousness and ridiculousness with a pinch of satire".

 

The programme includes a teaching guide with more information and resources relating to this work.

Family
Teatro Real
Felix Mendelssohn
Nacho de Paz, Fernando Palacios

The music chosen for this Christmas concert, composed nearly three centuries ago by the young prodigy Felix Mendelssohn, transports us to a summer night when the fairies gather. The time and place of their meeting? The oldest oak tree in the forest, at midnight. Everything runs smoothly until a mischievous sprite appears and turns it all topsy-turvy. The famous Shakespeare play is full of fantasies which seem like dreams —or maybe nightmares.