Bomarzo, de Ginastera, It premieres at the Royal Theater


They offer 5 functions of the opera, between 24 April and 7 of May, in a new production of the Royal Theater and Opera Amsterdam, with stage direction by its artistic director, Pierre Audi.
The musical direction will be provided by David Afkham, senior director of the National Choir and Orchestra of Spain, who will head a cast and the Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real Headlines.
Released in 1967, Bomarzo It is based on the novel by Manuel Mujica Lainez, inspired by the breathtaking sculptures of the Park of Monsters, to the north of Rome, made in the sixteenth century.
The opera is a breathtaking journey to the past when, in a paroxysm of death, a duke hunchback, tormented by physical deformity and obsessed with immortality, reviews his corrupt and libertine life within the Italian nobility of the five hundred.
The last stage performance of Bomarzo in Europe it took place in 1976 in London, so the opera has not been staged in a European theater for over 40 years.
Bomarzo It will be broadcast live and free for everyone on Friday, 5 of May, in stage Digital Y The Opera Platform, under the European Opera Days.
The opera will remain available for one month, also free, in stage Digital -from 5 May to 5 of June- for all who want to see it in streaming.
In order to further strengthen the bond of the Royal Theater with Latin America, Bomarzo It will be screened in theaters in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico, and in all cultural institutions wishing to use for a month available Palco Digital recording.
Likewise, Bomarzo It will be broadcast delayed on Radio Clasica RNE and radio stations throughout Europe through the EBU (European Broadcasting Union).
The Royal Theater is offering since February extensive programming around Bomarzo, which highlights concert Maria Bayo (25 of April), the tango concerts Ariel Ardit (3 of May) Y Adriana Varela (6 of May), the morning concert Chamber Sundays (30 of April) and children's workshop Everyone to the Gayarre! (9 of April).
Outside of the Real, at the Sony Auditorium of the School of Music Reina Sofia, hosting a concert Patricia Noval and trio (26 of April) and the Fundación Juan March, two concerts of its cycle dedicated to Ginastera (3 Y 10 of May) .
Finally, at the National Library will be able to contemplate the exposition Bomarzo: where monsters do not die (until the 25 of June) and Royal Theater offers a small sample, on the seventh floor, entitled Manuel Mujica Lainez and 'Bomarzo'.


Bomarzo, Province of Viterbo, 100 km to the north of Rome, is a lush park, where colossal statues stone the sixteenth century, between trees, streams and parterres, that evoke mythical beings and fantastic carved with an almost expressionistic look. These disturbing sculptures sprouting from the rocks born under the auspices of the movies Pier Francesco Orsini, who, apparently, He purged the pain of the death of his wife entrusting architects manieristas Pirro Ligorio Y Jacopo Vignola his strange Sacred woods (sacred forest), later known as Monster Park (Park of Monsters) by the dark character acquired with the passage of time.

His sculptures distorted and mysterious, that fascinated Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, André Breton, Michelangelo Antonioni O Luchino Visconti, also they inspired Manuel Mujica Lainez what, from ESA intriguing figures stony, he wrote his famous novel Bomarzo.

NOVEL Manuel Mujica Láinez

Manuel Mujica Lainez (1910-1984), Argentine writer and tireless traveler highborn, with a humanistic culture and endowed with a rich and inventive prose, It has been a brilliant author of historical novels. With Bomarzo, completed in 1962, It is recreated in the troubled life of the Duke contrahecho Pier Francesco Orsini and along more than 600 first-person account pages intertwined episodes of his miserly life and dissolute, between the devices of the Renaissance nobility. Despised by his family and deceived by his wife, Duke lives embittered, relying on the immortality that was conjured to be born. But the elixir of eternal life that give drinking is, Finally, the poison does die.

OPERA Alberto Ginastera

Fascinated by the novel by his compatriot, that bound him to the same attraction to the esoteric world, Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) composed in 1963 the cantata Bomarzo, for reciter, male voice and chamber orchestra. Later, seeing the dramaturgical potential of the work, He decided to attend the commissioning of the Opera Society of Washington with an opera based on the tribulations of the Duke of Bomarzo, with the complicity of Mujica Lainez as the author of the libretto.

The Opera It is constructed as a flashback in which the protagonist, to die, reviewing sinister episodes of his life, without sweeten their perversions, obsessions, erotic fantasies, bisexuality and impotence, pictured en 15 scenes, all with the same internal structure ─exposición, climax and desenlace─ and articulated by interludes, in the manner of the opera Wozzeck by Alban Berg.

The music, with a bold and writing staff, shuns tonality and get to use the random microtonalismo, but also about the modal writing, perhaps to evoke the Italian Renaissance music, also suggested the use of traditional archaic forms as madrigal, the musetta, one to villanella.

The vocal score It goes from the rhythmic recitation and spoken to the Orthodox singing, with all kinds of variants. So does the choral parts, They are exploring from singing based only consonant to the phonetic use of the word 'love' in forty-four languages ​​in erotic ballet.

The orchestra, with a conventional base string, wood and metals, It includes 73 percussion instruments, to add the key, mandolin, viola love and viola da gamba, giving the work, at special times, a Renaissance Perfume.

Bomarzo it premiered he 19 May 1967 Lisner Auditorium in Washington with a warm welcome and praise from critics. In August of that year, a few days before its premiere at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, General Juan Carlos Onganía coup forced to withdraw opera programming citing the need to "protect public morals". The play, recorded in 1967 for the label CBS Records, He was presented in New York and Los Angeles before its release in Argentina in 1972. Since then he returned to the Teatro Colón in 1984, 2003 Y 2016.

In Europe, Bomarzo He made its debut in 1970 at the Kiel Opera (Germany), subsequently performing at the Zurich Opera in 1972 and at the Coliseum in London 1976. Since then, the work has been away from European stages, although an audiovisual version in the natural setting of the Park of Monsters was recorded with Jerry Brignone address entitled Bomarzo 2007, referring to the year of its release.

Opera now returns to Europe, 50 years after its creation, the next 24 April at the Teatro Real, with the presence of the daughter of the composer, Georgina Ginastera.


In his conception of the opera, Pierre Audi It is moving away from the physical and structural benchmark statues Bomarzo Park and the Italian Renaissance court to get carried away by the dream of the protagonist, reliving episodes of his life, Splitting into different human figures depending on age and time of each remembered experience in the paroxysm of death. The scenes take place under his delusional perception of reality, allowing the set designer and highlighter Urs Schönebaum creating a claustrophobic and decorated unreal, almost lunar, where different scenes unfold with the atmospheres created by the light design and projections of the prestigious videoartista Jon Rafman.

The musical direction will be borne by David Afkham, debuting at Real, with a cast headed by John Daszak (Pier Francesco Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo) and seconded by Germán Olvera (Girolamo, older brother Pier Francesco), Damian Castle (Maerbale, younger brother Pier Francesco), James Creswell (Gian Corrado Orsini, the father), Hilary Summers (Diana Orsini, Duke grandmother), Milijana Nikolic (Pantasilea, courtesan Florence), Nicola Beller Carbone (Julia Farnese, wife of the Duke), Thomas Oliemans (Silvio De Nardi, Astrologer Duke), Albert Casals (Nicholas Orsini, nephew of the Duke) Y Francis Tojar (delivery courier), which it will be accompanied by the Headlines Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real.

UNIVERSE Ginastera

PARALLEL ACTIVITIES – Agenda chronologically

20 from April to 25 of June | National Library of Spain. Minimum room

Exposition: Bomarzo: where monsters do not die

Selection of drawings and engravings of the Five hundred

21 April at 19.30 h | Teatro Real. Sala Gayarre

Conference: Bomarzo or enigma and heart of stone
Introduction to the world of Manuel Mujica Lainez and Alberto Ginastera focused on his most significant work, with its enigmas, their pain and their hidden secrets.

By Arnoldo Liberman

24 from April to 7 of May | Teatro Real. Seventh floor

Exposition: Manuel Mujica Lainez and "Bomarzo"

Collection of the Museum of the Writer | Mounting: Modern Art Center

Commissioners: Raul Manrique Girón and Claudio Pérez Míguez

25 of April, Tuesday, to 20.00 h | Teatro Real. Great room

María Bayo concert

Ernesto Lecuona works, Yves Prin, Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Guastavino
Grupo instrumental In+Out: Thierry Ravassard, piano and director; Melanie Brégant, accordion and bandoneon; Anne-Gabrielle Lia-Aragnouet, cello, y Thomas Zimmermann, clarinet

26 of April, Wednesday, to 20.00 h | Reina Sofía Music School. audience

Tango with Patricia Noval

Homero Manzi works, Enrique Cadícamo, Sebastían Piana, Angel Villoldo, Hilarion Acuña, Francisco Canaro and Rosita Quiroga, among others
Yazmina Raies Aldeco, piano; Ivan Diego Valenzuela, double bass, s Cindy Jocelyn Harch Abuhadba, bandoneón

30 of April, Sunday, to 12.00 h | Teatro Real. Great room

concert V from Chamber Sundays

Works H. Purcell, G. F. Händel, R. J. Dust, Hoo-Daiko, R. Wiener, J. D. Zelenka y A. Ginastera

Soloists of the Titular Orchestra of the Teatro Real

3 of May, Wednesday, to 20.00 h | Teatro Real. Great room

Tango with Ariel Ardit: Carlos Gardel symphonic

Works by Andrés Linetzky, Carlos Gardel and Terig Tucci, among others
Andrés Linetzky, piano and arrangements, and Ramiro Boero, bandoneón

Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra
Gonzalo Ospina, director

3 of May, Wednesday, to 19.30 h | Juan March Foundation. audience

Cycle Ginastera, of nationalism to magical realism

second concert *Live on Channel

Works by Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Marlos Nobre and Astor Piazzolla.

Horacio Lavandera, piano

5 of May, Friday, to 20.00 h

Live broadcast of Bomarzo for everyone open

in stage Digital Y The Opera Platform.

The recording will be available in the library of Palco Digital, for free, between 5 May and 5 of June.

5 May to 5 of June

Bomarzo It will be available for free in stage Digital

The opera will be shown in the following theaters differed in Latin America:

Chile: Foundation CorpArtes

Colombia: Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo (Bogotá)

Ecuador: Teatro Sucre

Mexico: National institute of fine arts

6 of May, Saturday, to 20.00 h | Teatro Real. Great room

Tango with Adriana Varela: By the turn

Carlos Gardel works, Eduardo Pereyra, José Tinelli, Sebastián Piana, Joaquin Sabina and Lucio Demare, among others
Marcelo Macri, piano and arrangements; Rafael Varela, guitar, and Walter Castro, bandoneón

10 of May, Wednesday, to 19.30 h | Juan March Foundation. audience

Cycle Ginastera, of nationalism to magical realism

third concert *Live on Channel

Works by Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla and Aaron Copland.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano: Saul Bitran y Aron Bitran, fiddle; Javier Montiel, viola, Alvaro Bitran and, cello