The presentation of the cultural project of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia along with Tourism of the Valencian Community in a day in which the musical and cultural offer of the Valencian theater has been valued. The event was attended by Francesc Colomer, Autonomous Secretary of Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana; Pablo Font de Mora, President of the Board of Trustees of the Fundación Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and Yesus Iglesias Noriega, artistic director of Les Arts. The presentation has included the tasting of the thematic menus that, in line with the programming of Les Arts, proposes Paul Minister, Counterpoint Executive Chef, Valencian theater restaurant.
In his speech, Francesc Colomer has claimed the projection of the Valencian Community as a cultural destination, This being one of the segments with the greatest projection and future in the territory in recent years, according to statistics..
To that end, Colomer has framed the alliance established with Les Arts within the strategy to promote the tourist differentiation of the Valencian Community through the creation of experiential products:
“With a diverse and internationally prestigious artistic offer, in a unique architectural setting, the Palau de les Arts is an undisputed cultural icon and ambassador of the experiences that await visitors in the Valencian Community”.
Meanwhile, Pablo Font de Mora has valued the great work carried out from the theater to offer since June 2020, after lockdown, a regular and uninterrupted activity for the public with the highest artistic and safety standards with which to guarantee a cultural offer to the public.
In its third season under the artistic direction of Yesus Iglesias Noriega, Les Arts delves into a programming of international quality, eclectic and diverse in genres, styles and performers, so that each citizen finds his space in the theater. With the voice as the backbone, Les Arts proposes opera, symphonic music, zarzuela, dance, baroque and ancient music, Lied, great recitals, flamenco, world music, and educational and family activities with a projection that reaches beyond the iconic building thanks to a territorial commitment throughout the Valencian Community.
On the one hand, the project advances in the current season with a journey through the history of music, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, that offers the spectator of Les Arts styles, unreleased genres and artists to date, thanks to the inclusion of initiatives such as the first cycle in the history of theater dedicated to baroque and early music, made in co-production with the National Center for Musical Diffusion.
On the other hand, the course 2021-2022 supposes the stabilization of the artistic foundations with the incorporation of the North American James Gaffigan as the new musical director for the next four years. The director was in charge of successfully opening the operatic chapter with a historical appointment: the premiere in Spain of Romeo Castellucci's revolutionary staging of the 'Rewho’s Mozart; Gaffigan will also close the program directing an avant-garde and unprecedented title in Valencia: ‘Wozzeck’, by Alban Berg.
In 2022, the Les Arts offer includes important milestones in the programming: ‘Hoffman’s Tales by Offenbach, under the musical direction of Marc Minkowski; the return of the Baroque staged to the Main Hall with 'Ariodante ’ Handel, directed by Andrea Marcon; classics like ‘Madame Butterfly’ by Puccini -directed by the young and emerging Antonino Fogliani-, or contemporary titles like 'Trouble in Tahiti’, de Leonard Bernstein.
In the voices section, Within the large list of leading figures, the return to Les Arts of Carlos Alvarez, whose voice will resound in the Macbeth in Verdi, as well as the role debuts of two of the most sought-after sopranos of the moment: Marina Rebeka in his first Cio-cio-san in 'Madama Butterfly’, and the challenge of Pretty Yende to embody the four muses of ‘The tales of’Hoffmann’.
Likewise, during 2022 It will once again be the time to meet again with great voices in the cycle dedicated to 'Lied', with recitals of Matthias Goerne, Benjamin bernheim, Marianne Crebassa O Jakub Józef Orliński, considered the great sensation of the international baroque scene.
In the symphonic chapter, the Orchestra of Valencia (OCV), Les Arts headline formation, kept under the aegis of James Gaffigan, his work with the reference batons, both national, as international. Gustavo Gimeno, faithful to its commitment to the group, will meet again with the OCV on 23 from December, which will be followed by appointments with Josep Pons, Own Gaffigan Y Mark Elder, with programs with special attention to the symphonic-choral repertoire, with the participation of Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana.
Dance grows in its own space at Les Arts, presenting in 2022 three top-level choreographic shows that combine national talent with large foreign companies. He National Ballet of Spain (BNE), with the show 'Invocation', Sol Picó and her dance company, that premiere ‘Titanas’, a new production in collaboration with Les Arts and the presence of the Perm Opera Ballet, featuring ‘La Bayadère’ by Ludwig Minkus.
He Training Center, third artistic pillar of Les Arts with the Orchestra of the Valencian Community and the Choir of the Generalitat Valenciana, also adds new proposals for the public from the hand of the new promotion of artists that began their training in Valencia last September.
After presenting the absolute premiere of the first production of 'A warning to the jealous', by Manuel García, the second proposal of the Opera Studio de Les Arts delves into one of the great legends of the last century, Leonard Bernstein, with ‘Trouble in Tahiti’.
Within the activity for the coming months, It is also worth underlining the important work of the educational program, with workshops, courses and shows for all ages and audiences, with initiatives from 0 years and that reach even adult viewers in order to meet both the educational demand and that of the family audience.
further, throughout the first half of 2022, As pointed out by Jesús Iglesias Noriega, the other lines of the program launched with the new artistic project will also continue, with new appointments in ‘Les Arts és Flamenco’ and ‘Les Arts és Altres Músiques’, in addition to the cycle ‘Arts is For All’, aimed at opening cultural space to new audiences.
Photography ©Mikel Ponce and Miguel Lorenzo_Les Arts