SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 13 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Auditorio de Tenerife opens next week the 2021-22 season of Ópera de Tenerife with ‘La casa de Bernarda Alba’.
Thus, the next days 19, 21 and 23, starting at 7:30 p.m., the stage director Silvia Paoli will turn the Symphonic Hall into a rocky desert to receive this opera, inspired by the homonymous drama by Federico García Lorca and composed by Miquel Ortega, who will conduct the Tenerife Symphony.
The presentation of this new production was attended by the insular director of Culture, Alejandro Krawietz; the composer and musical director, Miquel Ortega; the stage director, Silvia Paoli, and the nine singers that make up the cast.
Alejandro Krawietz assured that “it is a pleasure to open the season offering this own production, which is an opening to the contemporary field of opera, working, in this case, in the tradition of verismo and opening new windows to unusual lyrical languages”.
Likewise, he indicated that “last year it was difficult to trace the operatic activity and now, although the situation is more relaxed, there are still many protocols”, for which he appreciated the effort and involvement of his team “to face these new challenges.”
Miquel Ortega acknowledged that “it is a pleasure to work again with the extraordinary Tenerife Symphony Orchestra” and thanked his musical team for the effort they are carrying out.
The author of this Lorca work recognizes that “this opera was not a commission,” he did it because he wanted to and because Lorca has fascinated him from a young age, so he knew it would take him “years” to finish it.
As for Paoli’s proposal, he praised its “plastic beauty, Lorca symbolism and resemblance to the great Greek tragedies.”
Silvia Paoli declared to the journalists that this staging was not done simply because she wanted to do something different but because it is what she feels, it is her “way” of interpreting the work of the master Ortega and Lorca.
The director also pointed out that it is the first time that she has worked with a team made up entirely of women and believes that “this is what Lorca would like: to represent women with women.”
Regarding his proposal, he stressed that being in 2021 they were not going to simply build a house because “the most important thing in this historical moment is to represent feelings, what is inside that
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On behalf of the singers, Nancy Fabiola Herrera intervened, who recommended that everyone come to the opera to “live again because a show can only be understood live.”
“This cast is working in total synchronicity and I think it should be like that because to represent a dysfunctional family like Bernarda Alba’s on stage, we must function as a functional family behind the scenes, and that has been achieved in this production”, he pointed.
The mezzo-soprano, who will play the role of Bernarda, announced that “it is a production that will maintain tension from the first to the last minute.”
In addition to Herrera, this show will feature the soprano Carmen Acosta as Adela, Beatriz Lanza as Martirio, the mezzo Marina Rodríguez-Cusí as Amelia, the mezzo Belén Elvira as Magdalena (who also repeats the role) and the soprano Melody Louledjian as Angustias.
The baritone Luis Cansino will once again play the role of the housekeeper Poncia, the soprano Carmen Mateo will play one of the maids and the actress Marga Arnau will play María Josefa, Bernarda’s mother.
After long years of work, in 2006 the first Spanish opera version of this piece was completed, which would be premiered, in its symphonic version, at the Brasov Theater in Romania on December 13, 2007, to be presented for the first time in Spain in 2009, at the Santander and Perelada festivals.
The debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in 2018 has meant a relaunch of this contemporary opera, which has already passed through the Cervantes Theater in Malaga, where it closed its XXXII lyrical season in July 2021, and at the Villamarta Theater in Jerez de la Frontera, where the 2021-2022 season opened this month of October, as it also does these days at Ópera de Tenerife.