Josep Ramon Olivé and Victoria Guerrero make their debut in the Lied Series


For a few seasons the Teatro de la Zarzuela, in collaboration with the National Center for Dissemination of Music (CNDM), is making room in its popular Lied Cycle for new performers of this genre. Although young, some are already consecrated, such as the case of Sabine Devieilhe or Anna Lucia Richter, which we have recently enjoyed in this same Cycle. Others are truly debutantes, as is the case at hand. Also taking into account that the liederistic genre does not have a long tradition in Spain, the fact that our protagonists are nationals, brings to this debut a plus of interest.

The program has been as attractive as varied and somewhat risky, precisely because of the variety of styles. And perhaps this point was the most delicate. Beethoven to start, specifically An the distant beloved (to the distant beloved), made up of six works of great beauty. After Schubert, with six songs on poems by Rückert. The second part began with Fauré, language and registration change, The right song, on nine poems by Verlaine. To end, six works by Strauss from the opus 27 (of), opus 10 (a) and opus 19 (three). 

Josep Ramón Olivé began his cello studies, piano and singing in La Escolanía de Monserrat. He later studied choral conducting and classical singing at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya and continued his vocal training at the Guildhall School in London with Rudolf Piernay., later participating in master classes by Graham Johnson, Gerald Finley, Kurt Widmer, Josep Bros, Luigi Alva and Teresa Berganza. He was nominated as an Oxford Lieder Young Artist in 2015 and was part of the acclaimed Le Jardin des Voix project by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in 2017. Lied is not new to him, having already tackled several important Brahms cycles, Mahler, etc.

Almost fundamental qualities for this genre appear in it, like a good and intentional phrasing, a solid technique, voice volume more than appreciable and a very good diction in French and especially in German, something fundamental to rigorously approach a lied.

Be young, Besides, has the advantage of the road ahead to improve. Especially, in presence on stage, a better and greater nuance, to give each work the character it needs. But there is enough material to write down these names and hope to see their evolution in future seasons in this same cycle..

Together with Olivé he has debuted on the piano victory warrior, quite a find in this recital. Always perfectly attentive to the voice, has freshly and accurately described the character of each work. Especially Beethoven and Strauss. He has shown great delicacy and generosity in accompanying.

Born in Jerez de la Frontera, He has received classes from pianists of the stature of Joaquín Achúcarro, Nino Kereselidze, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Edward Wolanin, Tibor Szász y Ángel Sanzo, among others. He has performed in concerts as a soloist in different cities of the Andalusian geography. He finished his piano studies with Óscar Martín at the Superior Conservatory of Seville. She has also been a repetitive pianist with the choir of the Villamarta Theater in Jerez de la Frontera.. She has been awarded the prize for the best pianist in the prestigious Das Lied-International Song Competition in Heidelberg in 2017 y Paula Salomon-Lindberg song competition at the Berlin University of the Arts 2015.

The recital ended with two tips, the first a work in Catalan by the Barcelona native Ricard Lamote de Grignon (1872-1949), performed with exquisite taste by Josep Ramon Olivé. The second a lullaby by Manuel de Falla, given the imminent paternity of the Catalan baritone.

A very good initiative of the organizers of the cycle, that of incorporating young promises, what we hope to see in future seasons.

photography © Rafa Martin