Zarzuela season opens “El Cantor de Mexico”

El Cantor de Mexico

He Teatro de la Zarzuela will open the Friday 6 October (20:00h) the season 2017/2018, and it will do so with the Madrid premiere of the operetta ‘The singer of Mexico’ of the French composer of Hispanic American origin and Basque ancestry Francis Lopez. The work is presented in a new production of the Theater in co-production with the Lausanne Opera. The scene -ingeniosa, funny and at times certainly spectacular - which places the plot in the shooting of a movie, is signed by Emilio Sagi, also responsible for the free version from the libretto of Felix gandera Y Raymond Vincy, and the musical direction will be in charge of Oliver Diaz, musical manager of the institution, who will be in charge of a suggestive cast headed by Rossy de Palma, as well as the Holder Choir Theater and of the Community of Madrid Orchestra. The public will enjoy 18 functions to 29 October. Thursday's show 26 October it is broadcast live on Classic Radio of National Radio of Spain from 20h00

The new season of La Zarzuela starts in this special way, "With the firm commitment of reach out to all audiences. The 161 functions that will make up the new course will be aimed at both the regular spectator of the, as those people who approach him with curiosity and concern to meet, and even those who still do not know what happens between the centenary walls of the coliseum ", so affirms its director, Daniel Bianco.

Two will be the distributions that give life to ‘El cantor de México’, that story that tells the fortunes and misadventures of a naive young man who in Paris discovers love and success in technicolor. Next to Rossy de Palma, that will give life to the great star Eva and Colonel Tornada, the tenors will form the extensive cast José Luis Sola Y Emmanuel Faraldo, in the role of young Vincent, baritone Luis Álvarez, in that of the businessman Cartoni, responsible for film production, las sopranos Sonia de Munck Y Sylvia Parejo, who will embody the beautiful Cricri, his assistant and secretly in love with Vincent, or the baritones Esteve Manel Y Toni Marsol, that will serve as Bilou, Vincent's best friend and in turn in love with Cricri not so secretly. The actors will also contribute their talent Ana Goya, like miss cecile, attorney of Monsieur Boucher, movie director, film director, what will the actor be Cesar Sanchez, Y Maribel Salas, Up Navarro, Eduardo Carranza Y Nathan Segado, who will play the rest of the actors and actresses of the film that is filmed within the scene, and in which they will also play their role 17 extras Y 12 dancers.

The proposal presented by the Teatro de la Zarzuela shows a fantastic scenery, in the purest kitsch style, devised by Daniel Bianco, where a tropical world is recreated, sophisticated, in technicolor, typical of that cinema that pursues the great show. To achieve the visual effect appropriate to this approach, the costumes designed by Renata Schussheim, lighting Eduardo Bravo and choreography Nuria Castejón.

Also his music, maybe closer to the musical than the operetta, it's multicolored; full of North American and Hispanic American influences; those who came to Paris in the twenties of the last century, and which this city appropriated as if they were its own. Charlestón, swing, mambo or bolero, the numerous styles that will be played throughout the show will put the orchestra, what it will be, in a single evening, a symphonic formation a jazz band, a group of mariachis or one bolero grouping.

The work and the success

‘El cantor de México’ was composed by Francis Lopez, French musician of Hispanic-American origin (Peruvian father and Argentine mother) and of Basque grandparents, for the popular singer with the prodigious voice and glorious smile, Luis Mariano. HE premiered at the Châtelet Theater in Paris in 1951 with enormous success. Five years later, the film version, also with Luis Mariano as headliner, also collected the unanimous applause from the public at the time.

In 2006, It is same artistic team that now presents it at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in a new version in Spanish by Emilio Sagi, recovered the work to put it on stage in the same Parisian Theater that saw it born 55 years before. Another overwhelming success: the public standing every night for two months, and future replacement with the same result.