He Teatro Real It has been nominated for the International Opera Awards 2019 in the category from Best New Production by Gloriana, from Benjamin Britten, whose stage direction he was in charge of David McVicar, who was assisted set designer Robert Jones and costume design Brigitte Reiffenstuel.

In the last edition, Teatro Real was the award winner in the same category with Billy Budd, Also the British composer, directed by Deborah Warner scene, and he earned three more nominations for Best Choir, Better recovery of a Work (Bomarzo, Alberto Ginastera) and Best Opera Company.

He Teatro Real will have to compete for the prestigious award made to the Royal Opera House (From the House of the Dead, L. Janacek, directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski scene), the Dutch National Opera (Jenůfa, L. Janacek, directed by Katie Mitchell) he Champs-Elysées Theater (La traviata, G. Verdi, with address Deborah Warner), the Berlin State Opera (Tristan and Isolde, R. Wagner, por Dmitri Tcherniakov) Y Glyndebourne (Vanessa, S. Barber, directed by Keith Warner).

Gloriana, It premiered at the Teatro Real 12 April 2018 in co-production with the National Opera Inglés and Vlaamse Opera (opera Flamenca) Antwerp, with musical direction Ivor Bolton, and scenic David McVicar. Production attended an extraordinary cast led by double Caterina Antonacci and Alexandra Anna Deshorties, in the role of Queen Elizabeth I, and Leonardo Capalbo and David Butt Philip, como Robert Devereux. Joining them were the Choir and Orchestra Headlines the Royal Theater and the Little Singers of JORCAM.

McVicar places the Queen in the center of a palatial corrupt and hypocritical world, it controls with an iron, to the same extent that it is carefully guarded by subjects and courtiers, in a Europe immersed in religious strife and territorial. Elizabeth moves in the refined and conceptual scenery Robert Jones, which emphasizes the acting work of interpreters, and the rich Elizabethan costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, inspired by paintings from the National Gallery in London, which assumes an almost theatrical character.

Just a few days ago the Royal Theater getting two awards at the first edition of the Opera XXI Awards with Goriana, in the category of new operatic production, Y The soldiers, by stage director Calixto Bieito by.

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Daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth Tudor was dispossessed, with her sister Mary, their dynastic and secluded life rights in court. It was Catherine Parr, last wife of his father who, In addition to addressing humanistic training, Henry VIII got signed before dying the Act of Succession by the two sisters regained their rights to the throne behind his brother Eduardo. After the death of Edward VI, with scarcely 15 years, and Mary I childless, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England 15 January 1559.Estos English have very peculiar customs, celebrate all kinds of events, even the state, with cultural events. This was the proposal Britten to the British Royal Family, compose a grand opera about Elizabeth I to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II. But make a request to Britten had its risks. The characters of his works were not exactly friendly and the end result could not be more inappropriate for the time and the type of audience.
Eight of June 1953 everything was ready at the Royal Opera House in London before an audience of politicians, aristocrats and diplomats. Gloriana opened between the cold and the bad reviews to a composer who, by then, and thanks to the success of previous works, She had awakened envy of much of the British art world, besides homophobia in a society where homosexuality was not allowed. An England national exaltation lived after the victory in World War II and saw the coronation of the new queen slightly less than the beginning of a great new Elizabethan era, He did not understand the keys that Britten had used for the composition of this work. They are expecting a superficial music, pomposa and laudatory character and what was Britten composed a dark and complex work, a psychological reflection of a love story between an aged woman, she had 67 years, and a young 32 and the loneliness of the one who holds absolute power., which it was made very quickly for release, He took care of every detail, even match the English pronunciation of the time. It is filled with moments of great inspiration, as the magnificent, though brief, orchestral overture or subplots that shows the darkness that hides the time.
Gloriana is not a cordial work. William Plomer's libretto is based on the work Elisabeth & Essex. A Tragic History, de Lytton Strachey, that does not offer a banal but quite complex portrait of Queen. Elizabeth is presented by Britten very laudatory way, It is smart, sly, and refined, great hunter and lover of the arts, that proliferated during his reign, ambitious, strong-willed and brilliant mind and exerts a stranglehold of the male world around. But it is also a frustrated character, jealous, envious and angry.

The scenery of David McVicar presents an allegorical symbolism and full of allusive stage plot. All the scenic elements, costumes by Brigitte Reiggenstuel, inspired by the costumes to the last detail and an extraordinary wealth, Adam Silverma lighting and set design by Robert Jones, They act as enhancers of a score that can be at the level of Peter Grimes or Billy Budd. A perfect combination of tradition and modernity, Also in music.

Ivor Bolton says he is director of composers but works that excite him. I think you can say that it is excited Britten, Billy Budd brand after last season, reading that makes this work makes him a specialist in Britten. The score is full of music and dance reminiscent of the Elizabethan period. Purcell recall or Dowlan, what makes Bolton, great connoisseur of these Renaissance music and able to shred important orchestration of the work, the most appropriate baton to conduct the Orchestra of the Teatro Titular. Get teachers drawn from brilliant moments and great expressiveness, both the innermost passages and the most dramatic intensity. He directed with great precision and is the final, in that long parlato queen in which he says goodbye without singing, one of the moments of greatest intensity and emotion.

To play a character of Britten must be almost more dramatic vocal powers. Anna Caterina Antonacci makes a great effort to give life to a historical figure of such character. His voice no longer has the volume and brightness before, but its scenic resources are almost endless, masterfully exposes the different emotional and vital moments of a character full of edges and folds, so this Elizabeth is more than enough and perfectly portrayed with his performance.

Leonardo Capalbo played a Robert Devereux Count of Essex quite correct. His voice is pleasant and his character was convincing enough.
The rest of comprimarios were at a good level. Highlight interventions Sophie Bevan, as Penelope, Duncan Rock, Lord Mountjoy in a lively and splendid Elena Copons.

Choir flawless performance, imposing maximum in the passages and exaltation, especially, in difficult times like the scene Masquerade. also magnifies the participation of the Little Singers of JORCAM.

A more successful Teatro Real has is these lesser known works, its greatest strength and classical repertoire, which they are less enthused the public.

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Coinciding with the anniversary, the next 23 April will be delivered the first Medals Teatro Real the presidents and CEOs of the institution since its reopening, as a tribute to his work and dedication and recognition of his contribution to the Royal Theater.

Likewise, associated with this special day, Royal Theater launches today for sale 200 tickets 20 euros, in the best areas of your living, three functions Gloriana: 22, 23 Y 24 of April. localities, for audiences of all ages, They can be purchased at the theater box office.

He 21 April's draw will be held the last of 9 tenths of lotteries dedicated to the bicentenary of the Royal Theater.

He 23 April 1818, under the tutelage of King Ferdinand VII, They kicked off the works of the Royal Theater, directed by architect Antonio López Aguado (1764-1831), as reflected in the founding documents of Theater. To celebrate this symbolic day, integrated in the celebrations of Bicentenary of the Royal Theatre that began in 2016, They will be delivered first Medals Teatro Real, which throughout the year will be awarded to personalities and institutions for their contribution to the Royal Theater and the world of opera.

The next 23 April the first medals will be presented to the presidents and CEOs of the Royal Theater since it reopened, in recognition of his work and dedication to the institution. The event will be held at a later dinner function Gloriana, Benjamin Britten, in which they participate, Besides, representatives institutional bodies of the theater.

In the new stage of its Board they presided Real ministers of Education and / or Culture Carmen Alborch (December of 1995 to July 1996), Esperanza Aguirre (July 1996 to January 1999), Mariano Rajoy (January of 1999 June 2000), Pilar del Castillo (June of 2000 to April 2004), Carmen Calvo (April 2004 to July 2007), César Antonio Molina (July 2007 to December 2007) Y, since December 2007, Gregorio Maranon. In that period the Teatro Real has had five general managers or managers: Elena Salgado (January of 1996 to July 1996), Juan Cambreleng (February of 1997 to January 2001), Inés Argüelles (January of 2001 to September 2004), Miguel Muñiz (September 2004 to March 2012) Y, since April 2012, Ignacio García-Belenguer. All have been invited to the dinner to be held at the Royal Theater, in which the presence of the Minister of Education is scheduled, Culture and Sports, Méndez de Vigo, and representatives of institutional bodies of the Teatro Real.


With a nod to the two commemorative dates -the 20 anniversary of the reopening of the Royal, he 11 October 1997, and the 200 years of laying the first stone of the building, he 23 April 1818- the Royal Theater launches today for sale 200 localities 20 euros, in the best areas of your living (which is more than one 90% off), three functions Gloriana: 22, 23 Y 24 of April. localities, for audiences of all ages, only they can be purchased at the theater box office.



In the field of events commemorating the bicentenary of the Royal Theater, State Lotteries has issued, from the past 14 May 2016, 9 the 10th dedicated celebration of the anniversary, with a chronological journey through the history of the Royal Theater through different images of your building, from a lithography 1853 until recent photos 2017 (See attached file).

Culminating this series, the tenth of the National Lottery draw next Saturday, 21 of April, which shall divide 42 millions of euros prize, It will be the last dedicated to 200 years of the Royal Theater.


Between days 12 Y 24 of April They will be offered 9 functions from Gloriana, from Benjamin Britten, in a new production of Teatro Real, in co-production with the National Opera Inglés and Vlaamse Opera (opera Flamenca) Antwerp. It will be the seventh great English opera composer presented at the Royal Theater since it reopened ─Peter Grimes (1997), The dream of a nigth of summer (2006), The rape of Lucretia (2007), Another twist (2010), Death in Venice (2014) Y Billy Budd (2016)─, In addition to children's books The Little Sweep (2005, 2006 Y 2008) Y Noah's flood (2007).

Gloriana will come to Madrid for the first time under the baton of music director of the Teatro Real, Ivor Bolton ─cuya reading Billy Budd, last year, It was unanimously aplaudida─ and stage director David McVicar, very faithful to the dramaturgy of opera. This prestigious Scottish director again demonstrate his meticulous and deep acting work, we have already seen in 2010, also with a degree of Britten ─una intimate and haunting version Another twist─ and subsequently La traviata Y Rigoletto, both of 2015.

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) composed Gloriana to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who recently met 65 year reign. The solemn and pompous premiere of the opera at Covent Garden in London 8 June 1953, with the presence of the highest dignitaries of the UK and European royalty, It proved a dismal failure, since the opera portrays starkly an undignified episode of the troubled life reina Isabel I (1533-1603), torn between feelings and passions 'too human', without the heroic aura waiting for the select audience gathered for the occasion.

See the mythical 'virgin queen' Renaissance, and in old age and at the height of his reign ─en which bloomed William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon or Christopher Marlowe─ in love with the young (and married) Earl of Essex and acting with anger and defiance, or stripped of his wig in the privacy of his chambers, this meant confusion for attendees, that criticism punished mercilessly Britten, mistaking the intrinsic value of the score with the inadequacy of his subject to circumstances festive event.

After a long lethargy, and away from the social context and then, Gloriana It was gradually imposing itself in programming theaters, the musical and dramaturgical quality of the opera, alternating moments of almost Verdian operatic magnificence with scenes of intimacy, a refined orchestration full of evocations of Renaissance music ─sobre all of Purcell─, and heirs characters of Shakespearean theater.

They are just two connoisseurs of the rich British English theatrical tradition and the work of Britten responsible for directing the production that will premiere at the Royal Theater.

David McVicar Queen situated in the center of a palatial corrupt and hypocritical world, it controls with an iron, to the same extent that it is carefully guarded by subjects and courtiers, in a Europe immersed in religious strife and territorial.

Elizabeth moves in a refined and conceptual scenery Robert Jones, which emphasizes the acting work of interpreters. The rich Elizabethan costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, inspired by paintings from the National Gallery in London, assumes an almost theatrical character. The opera will reflect well, In the scene, osmosis also transfers the music of Britten, written in the twentieth century but infused with scents and colors Renaissance.

Ivor Bolton You will be leading a double cast led by sopranos Anna Caterina Antonacci Y Alexandra Deshorties, you will be seconded by a very ensemble ─Leonardo Capalbo Y David Butt Philip (Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex), Paula Murrihy Y Hanna Hipp (Frances, Countess of Essex), Duncan Rock Y Gabriel Bermúdez (Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy), Sophie Bevan Y Maria Miró (Penelope, Lady Rich, sister of the Earl of Essex), Leigh Melrose Y Charles Rice (Sir Robert Cecil, Council secretary), David Soar Y David Steffens (Sir Walter Raleigh, captain of the guard)─ and accompanied by the Headlines Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real and the Little Singers of JORCAM.

The premiere of Gloriana in Madrid, the next 12 of April, It will be attended by more than 250 opera professionals gathered at the Royal Theater for the first edition of the World Opera Forum, which will give this musical event a truly global projection.


February and March | Teatro Real, Parallel activities room

Exposed opera: Gloriana

9 of April, to 19.30 hours | Student's residence

Meeting with Luis Gago (music critic) and Maria Lozano (professor of literature and culture in English)

Retransmission streaming

14 of April, to 20.00 hours | Live broadcast of Gloriana

Classical Radio Live opera broadcasts in Spain and all the countries of the UER, European Broadcasting Union.

14 of April, to 12.00 hours | Teatro Real, Great room

Opera theater: projection opera Roberto Devereux, de Gaetano Donizetti, Mariela Devia and starring Gregory Kunde, with musical direction by Bruno Campanella and stage director Alessandro Talevi.

14 of April, to 12.00 Y 13.00 hours | Institute of History and Culture Naval. Naval museum

Storytellers for the whole family around the figure of Elizabeth I of England.

Free activity. Pre-registration must.

16 of April, to 18.30 hours | Institute of History and Culture Naval. Hall of the General Headquarters of the Navy

Conference: England view from Spain. Images in the distance and political reality in the second half of the sixteenth century. By Magdalena de Pazzi Pi Corrales, Professor of Modern History at the Complutense University of Madrid.

16 of April, to 11.30 hours | Institute of History and Culture Naval. Naval museum

Children workshop visit: children of 8 a 12 years will see pieces of the sixteenth century Spanish ships.

Free activity. Pre-registration must.

18 Y 25 April 9 May at 19.30 hours | Juan March Foundation

Wednesday cycles three chamber music concerts dedicated to the late works of Benjamin Britten

They can be followed live on the Canal March

25 April at 17.30 hours | Spanish Film Library, Cine Doré. Living room 1

Film series Teatro Real: Opera night

Smiles of a Summer Night, the Bergman (1955)

29 of April, to 12.00 Y 17.00 hours | Teatro Real. Sala Gayarre

All the Gayarre, workshop for family audiences: Dancing queens

Musics court of queens Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II

With the Winduquartet: Clara Cowley, Eloi Fuguet, Jornet Eva and Marcel Leal