El gato montés

El gato montés

Opera in three acts

Approximate duration: 2 hours and 20 minutes (with an interval)

Music and libretto by MANUEL PENELLA
Worldpremiered at Teatro Principal de Valencia, the 22 of February, 1917
Production of the Teatro de la Zarzuela (2012)

I t’s the 100th anniversary of The Wild Cat! An ambitious work showing Penella putting his weight behind popular Spanish opera. Its universally renowned pasodoble, which so many bullfighters use as a signature tune for their opening procession into the bullring, almost obscures the existence of what is not an operetta, nor a zarzuela, nor an opera in zarzuela style as those who do not know the work well often call it (or describe it in writing), but instead the maestro’s masterpiece.
Penella took his work on a tour of Spain and America – from Argentina to the United States, with considerable success; many years later this same theatre would tour with the work with Maestro Miguel Roa and the tenor Plácido Domingo topping the bill. And now what is undoubtedly one of our great Spanish tragedies returns to this stage.
This production of The Wild Cat is a dramatic and aesthetic synthesis, which pitches itself within the style known as Spanish Tenebrism, and which takes the dramatic text to its logical conclusion. The music, inspired and stylish, weaves soaring melodies throughout the three acts and five scenes. The text relates the fatal rivalry between a highly successful bullfighter, the “Macarena Dreamboat”, and a brigand on the run from the law, the “Wild Cat”, over a gipsy girl, Soleá. She loves the brigand she has grown up with, but also feels very close to the bullfighter who has taken her in. This most Spanish of lyric works, now cleansed of any nineteenth century gipsy stereotyping, has great emotional impact. Here then is our Spanish fantasy, clad in great melodic opulence.


Dates & Times

Novembeer 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30; December 1 and 2, 2017
8 PM (Sundays, at 6 PM)

Funciones con audiodescripción
December 1 and 2, 2017
Touch Tour
December 2, 2017, at 6 PM

Artistic Team

Ramón Tebar
Stage director
José Carlos Plaza
Sets and Lights
Francisco Leal
Pedro Moreno
Cristina Hoyos
Nicola Beller Carbone (23, 25, 29 y 1), Carmen Solís (24, 26, 30 y 2), Milagros Martín, Itxaro Mentxaka, Juan Jesús Rodríguez (23, 25, 29 y 1), César San Martín (24, 26, 30 y 2), Andeka Gorrotxategi (23, 25, 29 y 1), Alejandro Roy (24, 26, 30 y 2), Miguel Sola, Gerardo Bullón
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
Resident orchestra of the Teatro de La Zarzuela
Coro del Teatro de La Zarzuela
Antonio Fauró