The end of an opera season that he Teatro Real has lived with special intensity, since it has been the only lyrical theater in the world that has presented a complete program in the period 2020-2021, and in which every time the curtain has risen it has felt like an artistic and human reward in defense of safe culture.
With this spirit, the Royal Theater wants to share with all these appointments, before the summer break and just one year after the reopening after confinement, broadcasting on outdoor screens, in the Plaza de Oriente and in the Plaza de Isabel II (Opera), two of his shows this season. For that, the public space has been adapted to the health safety regulations of the Community of Madrid against COVID-19, seeking a limited capacity, with safety distance, which It will be accessed with free tickets obtained with prior reservation at the Theater website from 5 July at 11.00 hours.
The same day, for those who cannot move or live outside the Community, the opera will also be broadcast free of charge, to 21.00 hours, in MyOperaPlayer (where it will become part of the catalog) and in the channels of YouTube of the Royal Theater and RTVE, co-producer of audiovisual production. The next day, 11 of July, to 23.00 hours, Tosca will be broadcast in La 2 of TV.
The great party will begin Saturday at 12.00 hours with the retransmission of the Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, symphony No. 9 in D minor, on. 125 “Coral”, performed at the Teatro Real last September to commemorate the 250 anniversary of the birth of the German composer, directed by Gustavo Dudamel in front of the Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra.
The concert also had the participation of the Students of the Queen Sofía College of Music, he
Orfeo Català, he Chamber Choir of the Palau de la Musica Catalana, soprano Susanne Elmark, mezzosoprano Aigul Akhmetshina, the tenor Leonardo Capalbo, and baritone José Antonio López.
At 21.00 hours, an hour and a half after the start of the opera on stage, to avoid the heat and excessive light that may occur at 19.30 hours, will start the retransmission of Tosca, from Giacomo Puccini, one of the most beautiful and popular titles in the lyrical repertoire. The play will star the voices of the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (Floria Tosca), the tenor Joseph Calleja (Cavaradossi) and baritone Carlos Alvarez (Scarpia).
Leading the extraordinary cast and Choir Y Titulares Orchestra of the Royal Theater the teacher will be Nicola Luisotti, Principal Guest Director of the Teatro Real, whose presence has been fundamental during this long period of coexistence with the pandemic, directing the exceptional Traviata after strict confinement (just a year ago) and inaugurating the present temporada, last september, with A masked ball, stimulating with your dedication, trust and dedication, both artists and workers.
The stage manager Paco Azorín conceives opera as conceived as a journey from the outside to the inside of the characters, supported by projections and a circular set that evolves from the realism of the first act to a progressive, more conceptual and symbolic language, leading the viewer to penetrate the revolutionary atmosphere, chaotic and ruthless of the Napoleonic and counterrevolutionary struggles, germ of the movements that would lead to the unification of Italy years later.
Drawing a parallel between the tragic love story of the protagonist and the fight against a corrupt and autocratic power, Tosca fights for the man she loves to humiliation and murder, symbolically embodying the uncompromising defense of revolutionary ideals.
In the production that will be seen at the Real, the original dramaturgy has been maintained, but some changes have been made, like incorporating a character inspired by the painting Freedom guiding the people, by Eugène Delacroix, that symbolizes the revolution, or the new costume design of the titular character, conceived by Ulises Merida, with which it is intended to reinforce the character of Tosca's operatic diva, completing the original costume of Isidre Prunés, who died in 2014.
Photograph: Javier del Real