He Benicàssim City Council resume this summer his Lyric Festival. The mayor, Susana Marqués, together with the Councilor for Culture, Javier Alonso, and the director of the contest, Roberto Turlo, presented the XIII edition which will take place 2 al 8 August and will feature a program of five concerts and a seminar on zarzuela, activities to be offered in the Francesc Tárrega Municipal Theater and the emblematic municipal palace Villa Elisa de Benicàssim.
Opera Benicàssim, together with the promoter and producer of shows AIM – America Iber Music have prepared an ambitious program that, as indicated by the mayor of Benicàssim, "the festival, year after year, it is very international due to the quality of its artists and will make Villa Elisa and the Municipal Theater become the epicenter of lyric for a week ".
Roberto Turlo, oboista, director and soul of the contest since its creation, has commented for his part that it is "an exciting project, with more than a decade of experience and that is carried out thanks to the efforts of many people, both on the part of the administration - which year after year bets on its celebration - as well as all the artists involved. In this edition, after so much uncertainty caused by the pandemic, we return with immense enthusiasm and with a fantastic program –always with top-tier artists– and, this time, with a nod to zarzuela, a genre that we love to spread; our goal continues to be to bring music and culture closer to our audience, the home and the itinerant ".
The Councilor for Culture, Javier Alonso, He added that they continue to “add quality and scale proposals to that great container of culture that Villa Elisa is becoming, place where, together with the Municipal Theater, good music will be perfectly combined with all health security measures to continue with our firm commitment to safe culture ".
Regarding the programming, the event will open with a recital of the Valencian soprano Carmen Romeu (4 of August, Municipal Theater) what, accompanied by piano of Rubén Fernández Aguirre, will offer a Spanish and French song program. The Madrid baritone Alfredo Garcia next to pianist Enrique Bagaría propose a recital dedicated to song by South American and Spanish authors such as Cluzeau-Mortet, Guastavino, R. Halffter, Sorozábal, Guerrero, Moreno Torroba, Chueca or Soutullo and Vert (5 of August, Villa Elisa). The program will be completed with a concert by the soprano irlandesa Laura Sheerin accompanied by the Septet Soloists of Valencia (7 of August, Municipal Theater) which will include arias from operas like The swallow, L'amico Fritz, Rusalka O Gianni Schicchi, as well as songs by Irish and American composers.
This year, Besides, thanks to the agreement reached by the Festival with the Zarzuela por el Mundo Association chaired by Plácido Domingo, the concerts will take place in parallel to Zarzuela XXI Seminar, a meeting that wants to deepen both the Spanish lyrical genre and Spanish music in general that will feature a presentation by the musicologist María Luz González on Spanish music (5 of August, Villa Elisa), as well as master classes by specialist teachers in each area of the stature of mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, who will bring all his experience in the genre and his renowned international career; he conductor Óliver Díaz (former musical director of the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid), actress Isabel Cámara (performance, diction and focus of theatrical texts) and Profesor Vincenzo Spatola (vocal technique).
Marcello Perez Pose, director of América Iber Música, organizer of the Zarzuela XXI Seminar and professor of the same, affirms that he is convinced “of the importance of making known, deepen, research and disseminate the genre of zarzuela, reason why we created the Zarzuela Association around the world, an itinerant entity that proposes motivational tools that allow the dissemination and representation of zarzuela shows all over the world, but above all of quality ". The seminar will culminate with a zarzuela gala in charge of the students participating in the meeting (6 of August, Villa Elisa) and with the show A bunch of zarzuela (8 of August, Francesc Tàrrega Municipal Theater) as the closing of the Festival. It is a production of Ópera Colombia directed by the baritone Antonio Torres, who also heads the cast of artists completed by Colombian soprano and flutist Liliana Mestizo, the Mexican mezzo Zayra Ruíz, and the Cuban pianist Leonardo Milanés, who with their art propose a trip through the world of zarzuela with hits of the genre as Mary the O, The one with the bunch of roses, The legend of the kiss, The barmaid port, Don Gil de Alcalá, Katiuska, Cecilia Valdés, Captain Grant's nephews, Mary the O, etc.