“Maruxa” in La Zarzuela, 46 years later


That humans, the species to which we belong and so often it seems that is beyond good and evil, First accelerates aging and deterioration of the planet we inhabit, It is no secret. Not even news, even though the media around the world gather daily petty actions involved in this voluntary manslaughter and collective. This is the current point as bleak as part of Paco Azorín with its impressive reading 'Maruxa', opera in two acts by égloga Amadeo Vives, in a new production of Teatro de la Zarzuela which will be released next 25 from January, and that the public can participate 14 functions to 11 February.

Galicia, our Galicia, of Rosalia de Castro as present in the imaginary (most beautiful place on earth no / Galicia dream, enchanted Galicia), It is the bitter pretext that helps the stage director and set designer to conceive this painful song; this cry to the world from the abyss of a foggy cliff. "Maruxa is a corner in Galicia, Galicia is Maruxa ". A tragedy", as the creator defines: "Maruxa is a song painful to Galicia, a sort of Stabat Mater ". How would Rosalia own: "Large said land for a term always have great catastrophes."

we met, well, between the world of églogas past and present environmental tragedies. The actions of the most powerful affect the townsfolk, which usually try to live in harmony with nature. This time, the testimony dances Vives notes clutching the waist of a walking a tightrope between love and desire story.

Celebration: 'Maruxa', 46 years later
On the other hand, and one more time, the Teatro de la Zarzuela is celebrating. In this case, thanks to 'Maruxa' returns to the secular stage, in which premiered at 1914, after 46 year absence. Those two functions then also had a strong festive as they were programmed, in June 1971, to mark the centenary of the birth of Amadeo Vives. This almost half a century without raising tables theater Jovellanos Street in Madrid makes it even exceeds the expectation around the title, whose original script is signed by playwright Luis Pascual Frutos.

But the reason is not only the impact of the new installation or long absence on the stage of La Zarzuela which has raised such interest. He has also made, and largely, the whole proposal. And is not for less, as the stage direction and set design by Paco Azorín, one of the biggest names in the theatrical creation today, He joins the expertise of international José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, reference baton will head the Community of Madrid Orchestra (Titular del Teatro) and delCoro Holder Teatro de la Zarzuela, double cast for the score seems to be tailor-made and an artistic team that puts quite naturally our lyrical genre in the XXI century.

'Maruxa', He is according to the master Perez-Sierra, "It is filled with light music, yet elegant, and combines the art of lyric writing of the time, allowing these-apparently simple characters traveling on the same roads that other contemporary heroes have gone through different stages in the continent ". The play, Besides, It is full of orchestral nuances that are easy for the public, but especially difficult for interpreters.

precisely this, the difficulty of addressing the sheet music singers, has been, according to the opinion of conductor, one of the stumbling blocks that has faced 'Maruxa': "If not done more over the past century, It is because it is an extremely difficult work of cantary were very few artists able to do ". But this is not the case in, much less, because it ensures that the representations of the Teatro de la Zarzuela "We have wonderful teams that certainly the public will enjoy it immensely."

Height distributions referred to Pérez-Sierra will be composed of sopranos Maite Alberola and Susana Cordón on the role of Maruxa (young love with Pablo), baritones Rodrigo Borja Esteves and perhaps Paul's (the young lover of Maruxa), Simon Orfila low as Rufo (foreman must ensure the relationship between Rosa and Antonio), Ekaterina sopranos and Svetla Krasteva Metlova by serving as Rosa (premium Antonio, with whom he must marry to perpetuate the substantial family farm, but passionately attracted to the naive Pablo), tenors Carlos Fidalgo and Jorge Rodriguez-Norton
impersonating Antonio (cousin Rosa, who must marry, and attracted by Maruxa) and baritone Carles Pachón, recent winner of the International Competition Alfredo Kraus, as the voice of a Zagal. Joining them will alternate the scene 12 actors and dancer Maria Cabeza de Vaca, which will be the goddess Galicia. Likewise, It will ring off the voice of actress Maria Pujalte.

It is also necessary to emphasize the heterogeneous uniquely designed costumes for the occasion by Anna Güell, lighting and projections Pedro Yagüe and Pedro Chamizo respectively, with a decisive role in the development of the work, and stage movement generated by Carlos Martos.

When in 1914 Amadeo Vives assumes the artistic direction of the new Teatro de la Zarzuela, which it had been rebuilt after a fire in 1909, the premiere of the new work by the Catalan composer projects, 'Maruxa', an exceptional job in his musical production, an eclogue without speaking parts. His triumph was clamorous, Y, from there, He toured all the stages in Spain, even to New York 1919 (as happened with El Gato Montes the following year).

'Maruxa' is an example of nationalism folklorist, since all the music seems to use popular melodic themes with great ease, combining the Verismo prevailing at the time with a taste for opera and operetta that is embodied in the concept of the show and the vocal treatment of the characters. The action is continuous and different issues occur with admirable skill constructive. Is, definitely, masterfully written score in which the popular highlights in a special way. Since its premiere, 'Maruxa' has been part of the outstanding history of lyrical theater in general national, and the Teatro de la Zarzuela in

As it is usual in all stagings of Teatro de la Zarzuela, around 'Maruxa' are scheduled several activities:

On Friday 19 from January, and for the premiere, a conference that will give the philologist Concha Baeza be held at the Theater ambigú, and it will be devoted to this work of Vives (Ambigú the Teatro de la Zarzuela, 19h30).

Monday 23 from January, Paco Azorín and Jose Miguel Perez-.Sierra converse with French performing arts students and members of the National Youth Classical Theater Company, as preamble pre-rehearsal to be attended once the chatter (Teatro de la Zarzuela, 16h30 and 18h00, in collaboration with the National Classical Theater Company).

Monday 29 January at 19h30, Perez-Sierra Maestro will star, Ambigú in the Teatro de la Zarzuela, a meeting aimed at students in conducting and students from various musical disciplines.

Monday 5 February at 19h30, Paco Azorín will meet with students of different branches of the performing arts, design or cinematography at the main hall of the theater. Daniel Bianco submit, director of Teatro de la Zarzuela.
All meetings will be invited users Youth Card Theater, which they are already close 700.