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Curro Vargas

Curro Vargas

Drama lírico in three acts

Approximate duration: 3 hours and 50 minutes

Drama lírico in three acts by Joaquín Dicenta and Manuel Paso Cano
Music by RUPERTO CHAPÍ
Worldpremiered at Teatro de Parish, Madrid, on December 10, 1898
New production of Teatro de la Zarzuela

Curro Vargas, one of the most emblematic works of 19th century Spanish lyrical repertoire, has been performed infrequently – in spite of its importance – over the past decades when it should be considered a great and universal lyrical drama. A work about obsession in love and death, on this occasion it will be performed without cuts, as it was for the première. At the same time, this will be a Curro Vargas in tune with present day sentiments, thanks to the stage production by Graham Vick and the musical direction of Guillermo García Calvo and Martín Baeza-Rubio.
Curro Vargas is an ambitious composition with operatic vocation. Ruperto Chapí composed the piece at the height of his career, investing in it all his talent and profound musical knowledge. The text is sophisticated, replete with nuances and multi-layers of interpretation, a splendid study of human behaviour which comprises a weighty ethical and moral debate. The entire work is impregnated with a sharp critique of customs and traditions, as is the novel on which it is based: El niño de la bola, by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón. Below the appearance of a community which is often festive and appears inoffensive is a core of darkness, moral decay and violence.

Synopsis

There is a sense of uneasiness in the village with the return of Curro Vargas. He had once been Soledad’s suitor. She had also loved him and sworn faithfulness. Some time before, he had been scorned by the young girl’s father (now dead) who wanted a rich husband for his daughter. Curro left the village in search of his fortune, but not before he threatened death to anyone who conquered the heart of this woman. He also threatened Soledad...

Dates & Times

February 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27 and 28
March 1 and 2, 2014
8 PM (Sundays, at 6 PM)

Audience days
Fabruary 26
Subscription performances
February 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 27 and 28

Artistic Team

Music director:
Guillermo García Calvo (February 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23) / Martín Baeza-Rubio (February 26, 27 and 28; March 1 and 2)
Stage director:
Graham Vick
Sets and costumes:
Paul Brown
Lights:
Giuseppe Di Iorio
Choreography:
Ron Howell
Sets assistant:
Carlos Murcia
Director asistant:
Pablo Viar
Light assistant:
Carmen Martínez
Costumes assistant:
Cristina Rodríguez

Cast

SOLEDAD
Saioa Hernández (February 14, 16, 20, 22 and 27; March 1)
Cristina Faus (February 15, 21, 23, 26 and 28; March 2)
CURRO VARGAS
Andeka Gorrotxategui (February 14, 16, 20, 22 and 27; March 1)
Alejandro Roy (February 15, 21, 23, 26 and 28; March 2)
DOÑA ANGUSTIAS
Milagros Martín
ROSINA
Ruth González
LA TÍA EMPLASTOS
Aurora Frías
TIMOTEO
Israel Lozano
DON MARIANO ROMERO
Joan Martín-Royo (February 14, 16, 20, 22 and 27; March 1
Marco Moncloa (February 15, 21, 23, 26 and 28; March 2)
EL CAPITÁN VELASCO
Gerardo Bullón
EL PADRE ANTONIO
Luis Álvarez
EL ALCALDE
Airam de Acosta
ARRIEROS
Francisco Sánchez, Juan Manuel Padrón, Sebastiá Peris
FIGURACIÓN
Juan López-Tagle (Petimetre), Óscar Villalobos (Petimetre), Ainhoa Hernández (Damisela), Sonia Castilla (Moza), Ana Mayo (Moza), Camilo Maqueda (Mayordomo), Carmen Angulo, Manuel Belmonte, Olho Branco, Moi Camacho, Sergio Castelar, Alfonso Cayetano, Joaquín Fernández, Pablo Garzón, María González, Ismael de la Hoz, Joaquín Mancera, Gabriel Nicolás, Julián Ortega, Germán Peñate, Celia Pérez, Fede Ruiz, Daniel Teba, Alexandro Valeiras, Alvar Zarco
TELESFORO
Alberto M. Rios*
PAJALARGA
Antonio González*
MOZO 1.º
Mario Villoria*
MOZO 2.º
Javier Ferrer*
PETIMETRE
Houari López*
* Miembros del Coro del Teatro de la Zarzuela
FIGURACIÓN
Celia Pérez, Ana Mayo, Ainhoa Hernández, Sonia Castilla, Moi Camacho, Gabriel Nicolás, Óscar Villalobos, Alfonso Cayetano, Alvar Zarzo, Sergio Castelar, Alexandro Valeiras, Joaquín Fernández, Camilo Maqueda, Manuel Belmonte, Germán Peñate, Fede Ruiz, Daniel Teba, Juan López-Tagle, Julián Ortega, Ismael de la Hoz, Olho Branco
NIÑOS
Izan Corsino, Marcos Gómez
Escolanía Cantorium
Director: Antonio Bautista
Banda La Lira de Pozuelo
Director: Maxi Santos
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
Resident orchestra of Teatro de La Zarzuela
Coro del Teatro de La Zarzuela
Director:
Antonio Fauró

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