The Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Raquel Tamarit, has presented the artistic offer of Arts it's from the season 2022 – 2023 accompanied by the artistic director of the institution, Jesus Iglesias Noriega, and the president of the Board of Les Arts, Pablo Font de Mora.
Les Arts covers five centuries of opera, from Monteverdi to the new creation of the 21st century, in which his universal gaze is maintained through the worlds of the lyric and the symphonic repertoire; of the baroque, the 'Lied' and Flamenco to other types of music, in addition to his essential commitment to dance.
According to the Minister Raquel Tamarit, “two thematic axes support the different proposals: light as motor energy and the celebration of life. further, within our commitment to an open and backbone programming, Les Arts starts in Altea, he 1 of September, its seventeenth season, with the first of three concerts outside the Valencia venue, by the principal conductor of the Orchestra of the Valencian Community, James Gaffigan. An autonomous conception that adds to the active presence in Castelló de la Plana; the new project of ‘Les Arts Volant’, with the opera 'Cendrillon', and the ‘Arts with You’ tour, with which the development of the activity of Les Arts is strengthened throughout our territory”.
"The programming also increases the number of opening and proximity actions with 'Les Arts és per a Tots', that grows with new proposals, and a new line of work: ‘Arts is Inclusion’, aimed at groups at risk of social exclusion and which this year will take the OCV and the Center for Improvement to different penitentiary centers in our territory”, Added Tamarit.
The capture of new audiences incorporates a new musical section: ‘Arts and Valencian Music’, with special attention to the musical fabric of the Community in its different styles and expressions.
The artistic director of Les Arts has detailed the programming in an operatic course that illuminates five new productions: ‘Cell', 'Anna Bolena', 'Cinderella', 'The coronation of Poppea' Y ‘Ernani’, unpublished titles in the theater repertoire that are added to those also unpublished ‘Jenůfa’, 'Alcine' Y ‘The singer of Mexico’; also three works highly appreciated by the Valencian public: 'Bohemian', 'Don Giovanni' and the expected return of Wagner with 'Tristan and Isolde'.
Renowned experts assume the direction of opera and zarzuela in the pit, with James Gaffigan for Puccini and Wagner; Gustavo Gimeno on his return to the Main Hall with Janáček; Riccardo Minasi (Mozart); Michele Spotti (Verdi); Maurizio Benini (Donizetti); Marc Minkowski (Händel); Leonardo García Alarcón (Monteverdi), and Óliver Díaz in the operetta 'El cantor de México'.
The stable bodies of Les Arts, Cor de la Generalitat and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (OCV) they will also work with first batons in the symphonic repertoire, in which, along with James Gaffigan, repeat Gustavo Gimeno, Pablo Gonzalez and Antonello Manacorda, and where consecrated batons such as Fabio Luisi will make their debut, Andres Orozco-Estrada and Vasily Petrenko.
The different programming lines dedicated to voice once again bring together the most sought-after performers, recognized specialists in their genre and emerging stars in the wide range of artists who will visit Les Arts.
Cecilia Bartoli and Juan Diego Florez, as the absolute protagonists of ‘The Arts are Great Voices’, lead an ambitious challenge with the first incursions in Valencia of several 'prima donna' of the operatic scene: Angela Meade (‘Ernani’), Ricarda Merberth ('Tristan and Isolde'), Magdalena Kožená ('Alcine'), Corinne Winters y Petra Lang (‘Jenůfa’).
Similarly, he cycle of 'Lied', that this year invites Christian Gerhaher, Marina Rebeka, Nadine Sierra Y Marianne Crebassa, will feature the premiere performance of Andre Schuen, designated successor to the great names of the genre, accompanied by the OCV under the direction of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń.
While the second edition of 'Les Arts és Barroc' brings together the most respected national performers: Maite Beaumont, Èlia Casanova, Quiteria Munoz and Vittorio Pine, inside this year's poster with La Tendresa, Concerto 1700, Chapel of Ministers and Al Ayre Español.
Strong casts underpin each of the opera titles, in which the debut of Eleonora Buratto as Anna Bolena stands out, which marks the start of Les Arts' co-production of the 'Tudor Trilogy'. The Italian diva, who will put on the skin of the three queens of Donizetti in this project, will be accompanied by Alex Esposito (Enrico VIII), Ismael Jordi (Lord Riccardo Percy) and Silvia Tro Santafe (Giovanna Seymour).
Federica Lombardi and Saimir Pirgu will play Mimì and Rodolfo in 'La bohème', with Marina Monzó as 'Musetta', while 'Don Giovanni' will bring together acclaimed singers at Les Arts: Davide Luciano, Ruth Iniesta, Xabier Anduaga, Gianlucca Buratto, Elsa Dreisig, Riccardo Fassi y Jacquelyn Stucker.
Wagner will return to the Main Hall ten years later with some of Bayreuth's favorites, Stephen Gould –Tristan of reference–, Ain Anger (Rey brand) y Elena Zhidkova (Brangäne). Meanwhile, Angela Meade will debut with 'Ernani' surrounded by great Verdians: Piero Pretti, Franco Vasallo and Evgeny Stavinsky.
Representatives of the already established tradition and the most cutting-edge creativity sign the range of aesthetics offered by the Season 2022-23. Renowned directors such as the British Katie Mitchell (‘Jenůfa’), la hollandesa Jetske Mijnssen ('Anna Bolena') and fellow songwriter Jamie Man ('Cell') work for the first time in Valencia together with the young, but rising, Andrea Bernard (‘Ernani’).
New values and names, who will coexist on stage with consolidated artists in the theater, as Ted Huffman in the new montage of ‘L’incoronazione di Poppea’; Joan Font for the new production of ‘Cendrillon’, along with renowned works by Davide Livemore ('Bohemian'), Damiano Michieletto ('Don Giovanni'), the ‘Tristan und Isolde’ by Àllex Ollé or the infallible seal of Emilio Sagi in ‘El cantor de México’.
One more year, 'Les Arts és Dansa' maintains its programmatic axes with Sara Baras as the undisputed star of Spanish dance in her first performance at the theater, together with the presence of the great repertoire of the National Dance Company and the award-winning 'Carmen' by John Inger, and the talent of the Valencian Marcos Morau and his company La Veronal in 'Opening Night'.
Les Arts will not miss its appointment with the different manifestations of the voice, with names like Marina Heredia, Alba Molina placeholder image, Pansequito, Rancapino and Tomatito family, in the flamenco cycle, the Melody Gardot, Wim Mertens and Rufus Wainwright in the chapter dedicated to other music.
Photograph: Mikel Ponce