the tenor Moses Marin will participate in the Grand Opera Gala of the Association from Friends of the Opera of A Coruña what will take place next 10 of September at Colon Theater of the Galician capital. It is a concert that marks an important event, as it celebrates 70 years of the foundation of the Association, whose first activity was the organization of an Opera Festival that would see the light in 1953.
The singer from Granada will step on the stage of the Colón accompanied by a group of front-row singers: the North American soprano Angela Meade, the Georgian soprano Veronica Dzhioeva, the spanish mezzo-soprano Monica Round, the spanish baritone Maybe Borja and the brazilian bass Luiz-Ottavio Faria, with him Choir and the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia under the direction of José Miguel Pérez-Sierra. The program will offer pieces from operas by Donizetti, Verdi, Cilea and, especially, Rossini.
Precisely the participation of Moses Marin in this gala comes after its great success this summer at the Belcanto Opera Festival ‘Rossini in Wildbad’ (Germany), where he starred in a double debut with two demanding roles from the Rossini repertoire: Pyrrhus at the opera Ermione, and Goffredo in Armida, the latter under the musical direction of José Miguel Pérez-Sierra. In both cases, they are roles that Gioachino Rossini wrote for the tenor Andrea Nozzari and are considered cornerstones of the baritenor repertoire., a type of tenor voice that became especially important in Rossini's operas.
Moses Marin will also delve into this record at the gala in A Coruña where, among other pieces, will sing the entrance of Rodrigo di Dhu de The Lady of the Lake Rossini, reference piece for baritenors. Likewise, along with the great North American soprano Angela Meade will play Agorante in the trio of Ricciardo and Zoraida.
Days after this Anniversary concert, specifically the 24 of September, and also at the Teatro Colón in A Coruña, Moses will play another of the quintessential baritenore roles: Pollione a Rule, papel que Bellini escribió para Giandomenico Donzelli. This will be followed by an intense season in the main Spanish opera houses: at the Liceu as Spoletta in Tosca, at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia as Melot in Tristán e Isolda, and like Pang in the Turandot The Royal Theatre.
All this makes up a transversal season with a wide repertoire that, beyond his specialization as a baritenor, frame to Moses Marin as a versatile artist, deploying all its technical and artistic resources. And it is that the singer from Granada has become in recent years a regular in all Spanish lyrical seasons and a benchmark for some of the most important character tenor roles, such as goro, incredible, Spoletta o Helmsman.
Friends of the Opera Anniversary Concert: a great birthday present
70 editions and more than 200 representations endorse the history of this operatic event. Giana D'Angelo has passed through the stages of A Coruña, Rita Lantieri, Teresa Berganza, Miriam Gaucci, between the sopranos and mezzos; Alfredo Kraus, José Carreras, Charles Guichandut, Nicola Monti, Ernesto Palacio or Alvino Misciano, among the tenors. Manuel Ausensi, Franco Bordoni, Rento Capecchi, Lorenzo Gaetani, or Antonio Campo, between baritones and basses.
Among the choirs, it is worth highlighting the El Eco Polyphonic Choir, the Orfeón Terra a Nosa, the Choir of the Liceo Casino de Villagarcía, the University Choir of Santiago or the OSG Choir, among others.
Stage directors, musicals, of choir and ballet as well known as Pier Luigi Pizzi, Gian Pablo Zennaro, Marco Armillato, Miguel Roa, José Ferreira Lobo, Victor Pablo Pérez, Michelangelo Veltri or Maximino Zumalave, have also contributed to the realization of these seasons.
A story dating back to 1952 when a group of friends who shared a gathering at the Sporting Club Casino on Calle Real founded the Friends of the Ópera de A Coruña association to carry out the organization of an annual festival and the sponsorship of recitals and concerts, as well as the introduction of unknown operas in our city. The first edition was held from 10 al 14 August 1953. From that first festival, and uninterrupted, successive editions continued to be held.
According to the Association itself, the concert of 10 September “is a birthday gift to opera fans and artists, to culture and art, to the past, present and future".