The Center for the Improvement of the Arts launches ‘L’isola disabitata’, by Manuel García

L'isola disabitata

The artists of the Center of Improvement of the Palau de les Arts premiere this next Saturday, 13 February, 'The uninhabited island', by Manuel García, Theater in Martín i Soler.

The artistic director of the Arts, Jesus Iglesias Noriega, accompanied by the stage director of the montage, Emilio Sagi, has presented this work today, which represents a new commitment to opening up to new authors, as well as an excellent opportunity for the interpreters of the Center de Perfeccinment.

Manuel García, as explained by Iglesias Noriega, he is a fascinating figure in 19th century cultural life. The Sevillian was a singer, composer, actor, businessman, singing teacher and founder of a musical dynasty that has filled pages in the history of lyric.

“Personal friend of Gioachino Rossini and first interpreter of his most important titles; father of two legendary divas like the singers María Malibrán and Pauline Viardot-García, and also the parent of Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García, the most influential singing teacher of the 19th and 20th centuries, both his figure and his work deserve to be the object of study and recognition ", has explained.

For that, Les Arts program 'The uninhabited island', a chamber opera —with a libretto by the poet Pietro Metastasio— conceived for four singers and pianistic accompaniment that García composed in 1831, a year before his death, and that, thanks to Emilio Sagi, has returned to the repertoire of Spanish theaters.

The stage director from Oviedo directs this show by the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao in co-production with the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, with scenery by Daniel Bianco, costumes by Pepa Ojanguren and lighting by Albert Faura.

The artists of the Center de Perfeccinment de Les Arts make up the artistic team of the production. With the pianist Carlos Sanchis in the musical accompaniment, Larisa Stefan (Costanza), Evgeniya Khomutova (Silvia), Jorge Franco (Gernando), Oleh Lebedyev y Max Hochmuth (Enrico) perform this one-act opera and 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Ballroom opera

According to Emilio Sagi himself, Manuel García composed in his last years ‘L’isola disabitata’. The work is part of the cycle of salon operas that the Sevillian tenor left written during his period at the head of his respected singing school in Paris..

the score, despite having been composed for his students, entails great difficulty for singers, with pages of great intensity, "Arias reminiscent of Bellini, Donizetti or Rossini, the duets of the baritone and the 'mezzo' or a musical introduction with overtones of great overture ".

The action of ‘L’isola disabitata’ takes place on a desert island where Gernando has taken his wife, Costanza, and his sister, Silvia, To take refuge. One night, While they sleep, Gernando is kidnapped by pirates. Both women are left to their fate in the place.

When planning the staging, the stage manager proposes a surgical montage, little narrative and not realistic. “What I liked the most was thinking that an uninhabited island can be anywhere. We can all have our own island or at some point have felt that we live on one because we do not find anyone with a soul around ", Sagi explains.

For that, the scenography designed by Daniel Bianco changes the vegetation and rocks for chairs, "Which are an everyday element", while Pepa Ojanguren proposes a clean and simple wardrobe, inspired by Ibizan Adlib fashion.

In addition to the premiere of this Saturday, 13 February, Les Arts has scheduled two more performances of ‘L’isola disabitata’ each day 19 Y 21, as well as two representations (16 Y 24) reserved for the Didactic Program. The seats for this show have a single price of 35 euros.

Castelló and Alcoy

As Jesus Iglesias Noriega has remarked, Les Arts will continue this season with actions that allow it to export its programming beyond the building designed by Santiago Calatrava within the autonomous vocation of the current artistic project.

For second consecutive Year, the artists of the Center de Perfeccinment and the technical team of the theater will travel to Castelló to offer an operatic show. The next 4 of March, the Principal Theater will host a performance of ‘L’isola disabitata’, with which it seeks to expand the presence of Les Arts in the capital of La Plana along with actions already consolidated such as the recitals of the Center for Perfection at the Museum of Fine Arts and the concerts of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana in the Auditori.

Likewise, the Calderón de Alcoy will become the next 7 March at the first theater in the province of Alicante to host a performance of a Les Arts montage. The Alicante town, Valencian cultural capital of 2021, will close the cycle of performances of this opera by Manuel García.

Photography © Mikel Ponce_Les Arts