Opera Week at the Theatre Royal 2022 with Nabucco


As in the six previous editions, programming Opera Week 2022, of the 11 al 16 of July, It is based on the enormous possibilities offered by new audiovisual technologies and social networks to disseminate opera in an interactive way, in which the public can enjoy, to participate, learn and share experiences that encourage dialogue, reflection and criticism.

As a prelude to the Opera Week proposals, he Sunday, 10 of July, to 20.30 hours, it will be issued Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini in the Royal Theater YouTube channel. The production, which triumphed on the stage of the Teatro Real last summer, It has musical direction Nicola Luisotti, stage direction of Paco Azorín, and three magnificent protagonists: Sondra Radvanovsky, Joseph Calleja Y Carlos Alvarez.

The opera Nabucco, released with great success this week, will be the axis of the Opera Week program: lday 14 Y 15 of July, to 21.00 hours, can be seen on a screen installed in the Plaza de Isabel II (Opera Square) from Madrid, with two different divisions. There will be 1000 chairs available for the public, first come first serve, until full capacity.

He 15 of July, to 21.00 hours, Nabucco will be broadcast free of charge MyOperaPlayer for everyone and also in squares, cultural centers, museums, auditoriums and theaters throughout Spain. Near 150 towns and cities of different autonomies will broadcast the opera. Registration is still open through this link.

Outside of Spain the opera will be broadcast at 21.00 local times of day 16 of July at the Municipal Theater of Santiago de Chile and at the National Theater of Costa Rica.

Under the brilliant baton, inspirational and perfectionist Nicola Luisotti, a cast of great voices from Verdi will perform the opera together with the Headlines Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real: baritone George Gagnidze (Nabucco), soprano Session Hernández (Abigail); the tenor Michael Fabiano (Ismaele); the mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova (Fenena); the bass Roberto Tagliavini (Zaccaria), the bass Simon Lim (the high priest); the tenor fabian Lara (Abdallo) and soprano Maribel Ortega (Anna).

The stage manager Andreas Homoki transfers the conflict between Jews and Babylonians, in the 6th century BC, to the confrontation between Italians and Austrians, in the XIX century, where "the polytheistic system of the Babylonians is opposed, like utopia, a new and modern system, represented in the monotheistic view of the world of the Hebrews.. The two sister's, Nabucco's daughters, embody the background of two worlds that are opposed: “Abigaille, the firstborn, desperately tries to save the old system by overthrowing her father and assuming power herself. Fenena, perceives the moment of transition in which they find themselves and wants to save themselves by changing sides. In the process of replacing the old with the new, the family also ends up breaking up”.

The drama takes place in an austere setting, minimalist and conceptual designed by the set designer Wolfgang Gussmann, who also signs the sumptuous wardrobe with Susana Mendoza.

But besides Nabucco, throughout the week free access will be offered, in MyOperaPlayer, to one collection of five operas broadcast in previous editions of Opera Week: Lucia of Lammermoor, La traviata, The Troubadour, Madama Butterfly Y Tosca.

Likewise, between 11 and the 17 of July, the acquisition of annual and semi-annual subscriptions to MyOperaPlayer will have a 40% off for all those interested in subscribing to the audiovisual platform of the Teatro Real, in whose catalog there are titles from 50 theaters and auditoriums of Europe, America and Asia.

The Teatro Real will premiere in its Sala Gayarre two documentaries, whose tickets can be purchased for free, until full capacity, in the Royal Theater website.

He 12 of July, to 20.00 hours will present, Sheet, tenor, mito, from German Wheel, a journey through the life and work of the great Aragonese singer Miguel Fleta (1897-1938) premiered last 17 June at the Huesca International Film Festival.

He 13 of July, to 20.00 hours, the documentary will be screened The Kaiser of Atlantis, from Sebastian Alfie, premiered with great success at the latest edition of the Malaga Film Festival. Partially recorded at the Teatro Real in 2016, when it premiered on stage opera of the same title, of the Jewish composer Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944), the film tells the ins and outs of the work that gives it its title: a haunting allegory about madness and death during the Third Reich.

It will end the Opera Week, as usual, a open day. He 16 of July, between the 10.00 and the 14.00 hours, visitors will be able to access the Theater for free through the Plaza de Oriente and tour the stage area, the main room, the boxes and lounges on the second floor. in these spaces, Royal Theater guides will be available to offer information. further, attendees will be able to participate in draws for various prizes through QR codes available in the different spaces of the building.

Photographer: © Javier del Real | Teatro Real