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La casa de Bernarda Alba

La casa de Bernarda Alba

Opera in three acts

Approximate duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes (without interval)

Music by MIQUEL ORTEGA (in a new version for chamber orchestra)
Libretto by Julio Ramos, based on the original work of Federico García Lorca
New production of the Teatro de la Zarzuela

 

We know that The House of Bernarda Alba was Lorca’s last work for the theatre. And now we are looking at the first operatic version in Spanish. Miquel Ortega, its composer, wrote it between 1991 and 2006, and the libretto is based virtually entirely on the original text. The author of the text, Julio Ramos, removed just a few scenes, changed certain sentences and took out secondary characters.
Ortega’s opera was finally premièred, in its symphonic version, at the Brasov Theatre in Rumania, on December 13, 2007. It was premièred in Spain two years later, at the Santander and Perelada festivals. And now it is going to be premièred in its chamber orchestra version.
In his Bernarda Alba, Ortega recovers the hold tonality has on the operatic genre, to avoid the death of opera and its distancing from audiences. Of particular note are the dialogues, with short sentences and forceful replies, without falling into the trap of banality. The work places great stress on criticism of a society with double standards, where obsession with religion, false appearances, hypocrisy and virginity are reflected in each one of the moments of the work. It also deals clearly and forcefully with the hierarchisation of society. This society is inhabited by the rural female universe, as something which is claustrophobic, suffocating and frustrating.
Joining this production are figures from le grand spectacle such as Ezio Frigerio, Franca Squarciapino and Vinicio Cheli, as well as a splendid cast of voices which will enable us to see the flesh and blood of those women. The stage director, Bárbara Lluch, considers this to be the “best opera libretto in history”. In turn, the assistant musical director and pianist, Rubén Fernández Aguirre, believes that “it is a work which is vocally highly demanding. Furthermore, words and action are closely tied in with the orchestra, which is without a doubt the tenth member of this opera. Everything is adapted to the lyrical expression, to the dramatic needs of the text”.
A work which strengthens the validity of Lorca in this day and age. Its contemporaneity reminds us that with the passing of the years, the poet from Granada has become one of the great legends of the 20th century.

 

Patrimonio Cultural
Teatro Accesible

Dates & Times

November 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20 and 22, 2018
8 PM. (Sundays, at 6 PM.)

Artistic Team

Conductor
Miquel Ortega
Musical assistant, Piano
Rubén Fernández Aguirre

Stage director
Bárbara Lluch
Sets
Ezio Frigerio
Costumes
Franca Squarciapino
Lights
Vinicio Cheli
Cast
Bernarda Alba NANCY FABIOLA HERRERA, Adela CARMEN ROMEU, Poncia LUIS CANSINO, Martirio CAROL GARCÍA, Amelia MARIFÉ NOGALES, Magdalena BELÉN ELVIRA, Angustias BERNA PERLES, Criada MILAGROS MARTÍN, María Josefa JULIETA SERRANO.
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
Resident orchestra of the Teatro de La Zarzuela
Coro Titular del Teatro de La Zarzuela
Director:
Antonio Fauró

Videos

LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA - Trailer