The Cordovan tenor Pablo Garcia-Lopez, in the role of first senator, come back to Teatro Real (27 of July) and debuts at the Peralada Festival (29 of July) with Hadrian, de Rufus Wainwright. Two unique performances of this contemporary opera, in semi-staged concert version, based on the Roman Emperor Hadrian, that brings together the perfect ingredients for a classic opera plot that tells the love story between Hadrian and his young lover.
For the occasion, the Teatro Real and the Castell de Peralada Festival have brought together a cast led by Thomas Hampson, Santiago Ballerini, Vanessa Goikoetxea, Ruben Amoretti, Josep-Ramón Olivé and the stable foundations of the Teatro Real with Scott Dunn on the podium.
Hadrian, Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright's second foray into opera, thus joins an illustrious series of operatic titles –Pergolesi, Caldara from Johann Christian Bach, among others – with this Roman emperor as the protagonist. Premiered in Toronto at 2018, featured the baritone Thomas Hampson in a title role written to suit him and which he will repeat at the Teatro Real and at the Perelada Festival. Making use of a musical palette that the author himself has defined as "darker and more powerful" than that of his first opera –Prima Donna–, and supported by the striking images of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Hadrian runs, as noted from the Royal Theater- “on an endless journey between the fragile consolation of memory and the unappealable reality of loss”.
Garcia Lopez comes to this premiere after his participation in the Lausanne Opera, Royal Theatre, the Festival of La Rioja "Pablo Sainz Villegas", his debut at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid with the OCNE and the Castilla y León orchestra and at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium.