La tabernera del puerto

La tabernera del puerto

Romance in three acts

Libretto by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw
Worldpremiered at Teatro Tívoli, Barcelona, the 6th of May, 1936
New production of the Teatro de la Zarzuela

Despite the fact that all the attempts to institutionalise a National Lyric Theatre on the stage of the opera house in Calle Jovellanos had seen no success at the end of the 1920s in Madrid, Spanish lyric theatre was still living through a period of late blooming, with the works premièring one after another through the 1930s, until they were abruptly cut off by the Civil War. A short while before this historic gap, The tavern girl in the port was staged in Barcelona for the first time — on 6th May, 1936 to be exact — and it arrived later in Madrid, with the conflict now over, on 23rd March, 1940; it is therefore considered to be “the last great zarzuela of history”.
This is one of the most abiding successes of the Basque composer, Pablo Sorozábal, and of 20th century lyric theatre, and it now returns to the stage of the Teatro de la Zarzuela in a new production, the work of a producer of the calibre of Mario Gas, a real connoisseur of the theatrical world of Sorozábal, due to his family connections. His father, Manuel Gas, premièred the work in Madrid and achieved great success with his performance of Simpson.
Furthermore, the production boasts the presence of Maestro Josep Caballé-Domenech, who will bring life to this “evocative score, with its impressionist atmosphere, full of the flavour of the fishing port, of the exotic, of ethnicity, and of modern fusions”. “This Nautical Romance is not a work of realism, nor does it intend to be; it is a theatrical tale, tinged with an aura of legend, or a poetic element, in which a story of smuggling and of love in a coastal village is narrated.” Mario Gas wants to remain true to the work, and wants his performers to help to “tell the story with all the feeling and all the truth that the theatre permits”, because theatrical passion is combined here with popular culture.

El Teatro de la Zarzuela y el Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza organizarán conjuntamente una exposición dedicada a la obra escénica de Ezio Frigerio y Franca Squarciapino. La exposición se presentará durante el mes de mayo en la sede de Madrid del Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Dates & Times

May 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2018
8 PM (Sundays, at 6 PM)

Audio description performances
May 19 and 20, 2018
Touch Tour
May 20, 2018, at 4:30 PM

Artistic Team

Josep Caballé-Domenech
Óliver Díaz (days 18, 19 and 20)
Stage director
Mario Gas
EZIO FRIGERIO con Riccardo Massironi
Franca Squarciapino
Vinicio Cheli
Aixa Guerra
Álvaro Luna
Sabina Puértolas (5, 9, 11, 13, 17 and 19), Marina Monzó (6, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 20), Ángel Ódena (5, 9, 11, 13, 17 and 19), Javier Franco (6, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 20), Antonio Gandía (5, 9, 11, 13, 17 and 19), Alejandro del Cerro (6, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 20), Rubén Amoretti (5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17 and 19), David Sánchez (6, 12, 18 and 20), Ruth González, Vicky Peña, Pep Molina, Ángel Ruiz, Abel García, Carlos Martos, Didier Otaola and Ángel Burgos.
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid
Resident orchestra of the Teatro de La Zarzuela
Coro del Teatro de La Zarzuela
Antonio Fauró