In season 2017-2018 the Royal Theater celebrates a double anniversary: the 20 years of his reinauguración, he 11 October 2017, and the 200 years after its founding, he 23 April 2018.
In the scope of these commemorations continue the premieres of operas never performed at the Royal Theater, like the colossal The soldiers, de Berne Alois Zimmermann, which will be presented for the first time in Spain.
They will also increase the list of unpublished works at the Teatro Real Lucio Silla Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gloriana of Benjamin Britten y Street Scene Kurt Weill, that will be seen for the first time in Madrid, Y Dead Man Walking de Jake Heggie, which will premiere in Spain.
As a reminder of its past and recent history, have been scheduled Bookmark ─title that inaugurated the Real─ in concert version, Y Aida, with a revised staging of the famous production directed by Hugo de Ana in 1998.
The current creation will be represented by the world premiere of The painter, Juan José Colomer, with libretto and direction by Albert Boadella, in collaboration with the Canal Theater.
In order to seduce new audiences and a broader and more diversified audience in its festive season, the Teatro Real has notably increased the performances of its most popular titles in the lyrical repertoire such as Bohemian, Carmen, Lucia of Lammermoor Y Aida.
Under the Bicentennial the Real reaffirms its ambitious commitment to new audiovisual technologies to bring opera to the whole world with broadcasts in monuments, plazas, auditoriums and town halls throughout Spain, broadcasts on social networks, schools, cinemas and on its Palco Digital platform, highlighting, in the international arena, its pioneering projects in Latin America and China.
Likewise, will continue the dialogue with other types of music, whose most outstanding manifestation is the Universal Music Festival, of which the fourth edition will be held.
The DANZA program will consist of four shows: Carmen, for him Victor Ullate Ballet (Theaters Canal); Sorolla, for him National Ballet of Spain; choreographies by Jacopo Godani for the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company; and a new production of Swan Lake, by The Royal Ballet.
In the programming of EL REAL JUNIOR, the premiere of five new productions of the Teatro Real for different ages stands out ─Mother Goose, old cinema with new music, The hidden face of piano, the opera The phone, or love three and ballet Pulcinella─, the revival of the opera Dido & Eneas, a Hipster Tale and Loft toys.
The Principal Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, under the tutelage of its musical director Ivor Bolton ─with Pablo Heras-Casado as principal guest conductor and Nicola Luisotti as associate conductor─, will notably expand their repertoire, affirming the growing prestige of the stable bodies of the institution
Two books will be published on the history of Real: Joaquín Turina will reveal to the reader the ins and outs of the Theater from 1997 and Rubén Amón will tour the 200 years of its history through its artists, facts and anecdotes.
In the field of the celebration of its anniversaries, the Teatro Real has promoted the production, the next spring, of the first international meeting of the WORLD OPERA FORUM, to convene 150 opera houses around the world, and a commemorative act that will evoke the historical fact that the Teatro Real was the seat of the Congress of Deputies between 1841 Y 1850.
In the wake of its history, The new program aims to enrich the repertoire of the Royal Theater essential titles not yet included in its musical heritage, as The soldiers, from Bern Alois Zimmerman, that due to its great complexity, dimension and number of performers is still not released in Spain 52 years after its creation.
This great work of the 20th century, that was born marked by the impossibility of putting on stage dilating the limits of the opera, excels in programming whose conceptual framework is, precisely, the notion of limit, border as a place of uncertainty and transit, key in the future and evolution of styles, shapes, aesthetics and artistic languages.
Pablo Heras-Casado will take on the great challenge of directing this ambitious premiere, with an acclaimed co-production by the Berlin Opera Comique and the Zurich Opera, stage direction of calixto Bieito.
Lucio Silla, written in the 18th century, is also located in a slippery space between two styles: although Mozart composed it with barely 16 years, its classical structure is already impregnated with formal licenses that will mark the pre-romantic language in which the brilliant operatic production of the composer will lead. this opera, from 1772, was never performed on stage at the Real, so your presentation with the same tandem that just succeeded in Rodelinda ─Ivor Bolton in musical direction and Claus Guth, in the stage─ will repair a debt of the Theater with Mozart and with the public of Madrid.
Linking the recent success of Billy Budd with the premiere, the next season, from Gloriana, the Teatro Real continues the presentation of the magnificent operatic production of Benjamin Britten started since its reopening. This time Ivor Bolton will be accompanied by the prestigious Scottish stage director David McVicar, in a new co-production with London (ONE), Naples, Antwerp and Valencia, whose premiere will be in Madrid.
Gloriana is also on the awkward border between the commitment to the celebration of the coronation of Elizabeth II of England, in 1953, and the personal dramatic language of Britten, whose score was misunderstood and marginalized, despite its undoubted artistic quality, that the Royal Theater wants to claim.
Another borderline work from the mid-20th century, cornered by its miscegenation, is Street Scene from Kurt Weill, that lies between the musical and the opera, without achieving a comfortable space between the two. Named by its author “American opera”, premiered on Broadway in 1947, but I would not return to their rooms.
Based on the play of the same name Elmer Rice, Pulitzer Prize winner, Street Scene is a successful synthesis between European opera and American musical theater, distilling the musical tradition of both worlds, among which was its author, Kurt Weill, German Jew living in the United States. The work will premiere in Madrid in a new co-production with the Cologne and Monte-Carlo Operas, with musical direction Tim Murray ─who returns to Real after his successful reading of Porgy and Bess─, and staging of John Fulljames, new artistic director of the Danish Opera.
Dead Man Walking, premiered in San Francisco in the year 2000, It is also a work that claims to “explore a medium that is neither traditional theater nor traditional opera, but a true combination of both: un drama musical, an opera-musical, theater-opera” according to its authors: the composer Jake Heggie and the playwright Terrence McNally.
Based on the sister's book Helen Prejean ─which also originated the famous film Tim Robbins starring Susan Sarandon Y Sean Penn─ the opera affects the endearing and deep confessional relationship that is established between the nun and the prisoner sentenced to death, relegating to the background issues related to capital punishment that have made the film of the same name famous.
For its premiere in Madrid, the opera will feature the production of the Chicago Lyric Opera, with stage director Leonard Foglia and a deluxe cast headed Joyce DiDonato, Michael Mayes Y Measha Brueggergosman, who will perform under the musical direction of Mark Wigglesworth.
The culmination of this series of hybrid operas will be the world premiere, in the Canal Theatre, from The painter, from Juan José Colomer, prolific and versatile Valencian composer based in Los Angeles, que debutará en la ópera con la nueva producción del Teatro Real con dirección musical de Manuel Coves y libreto y dirección de escena de Albert Boadella, que prosigue su acercamiento al repertorio lírico que se va imponiendo en los últimos años de su fructífera carrera.
Alternándose con estas propuestas fronterizas, el Teatro Real ha programado cuatro óperas del repertorio operístico, de las que se ofrecerán un gran número de funciones fuera de abono: Carmen, Bohemian, Aida Y Lucia of Lammermoor.
Carmen, from Georges Bizet, volverá al Real con 18 funciones y tres repartos, en una producción de la Ópera de París que recupera la puesta en escena “naturalista” y taurina de calixto Bieito estrenada en el Festival de Peralada, en esta ocasión con dirección musical de Marc Piollet.
Dos repartos se alternarán en las 19 representations Bohemian, from Giacomo Puccini, in which the Teatro Real has once again joined the Royal Opera House, co-producer of the new production that will premiere in London shortly before landing in Madrid. The staging will be by the prestigious English theater director Richard Jones and the musical of the Milanese and Puccini Paolo Carigniani. Both will debut at Real.
For the replacement of the "super-production" of Aida, from Giuseppe Verdi, which inaugurated the second season of the new Teatro Real in 1998, Hugo de Ana, stage-manager, set and costume designer Opera, will present a revision of his previous creation as a tribute to the recent history of the Theater in the 20 anniversary of its reopening. Three casts will participate in the 17 opera performances, which will have musical direction of Nicola Luisotti.
The English National Opera production of Lucia of Lammermoor, from Gaetano Donizetti, traerá nuevamente al Real al director de escena estadounidense David Alden, que dirigió Alcina and the Otello inaugural de la presente temporada. Dos repartos se alternarán en las 15 functions of the opera, que estará dirigida musicalmente por el israelí Daniel Oren.
Donizetti ha sido, a lo largo de la discontinua historia del Teatro Real, uno de los compositores más programados y más queridos del público. Su ópera Bookmark ─de la que existe la versión italiana La favorita─ fue la primera en subir a escena en el Teatro Real cuando abrió sus puertas en 1850. Para celebrar esta representación inaugural en el año del Bicentenario se han programado dos funciones de la ópera en versión de concierto, with musical direction Daniel Oren, with a Gala conmemorativa del 20 aniversario de la Reapertura del Teatro Real he 2 of November.
En versión de concierto se presentarán otras dos óperas con función única: Ariodante, from georg Friedrich Handel, with Les Arts Florissants directed by William Christie, Y Thaïs, from Jules Massenet, under the baton of Patrick Fournillier, with Placido Domingo in the title role for baritone.
The operas of the season arranged chronologically by the original dates of their premieres:
1735 Ariodante, the Georg Friedrich Handel
1772 Lucio Silla, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1835 Lucia of Lammermoor, de Gaetano Donizetti
1840 Bookmark, de Gaetano Donizetti
1871 Aida, de Giuseppe Verdi
1875 Carmen, Georges Bizet
1894 Thaïs, Jules Massenet
1896 Bohemian, Giacomo Puccini
1947 Street Scene, Kurt Weill
1953 Gloriana, Benjamin Britten
1965 The soldiers, de Berne Alois Zimmermann
2000 Dead Man Walking, de Jake Heggie
2017 The painter, Juan José Colomer [unworn]
Along with the operatic programming of the season, various Parallel activities looking for its links with literature, plastic arts, who, Photography, etc.
This interdisciplinarity, that encourages dialogue between opera and other forms of artistic expression, it is possible thanks to essential collaboration, once again, of important cultural institutions as: National Library of Spain, British Council, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Reina Sofía Music School, Spanish Film Library, Juan March Foundation, Goethe Institut, French institute, Institute of Naval History and Museum, International Institute, Archeological Museum, Museum of Romanticism, Reina Sofia Museum, Real Academia de la Historia, Student's residence Y Theaters Canal.
BIG BROADCASTS, OPERA WEEK AND UNIVERSAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
One of the most important initiatives carried out by the Teatro Real to promote its opening to new audiences and to bring opera closer to the public are the national and international broadcasts of their shows, which will increase next season, including pioneering projects in China and Latin America.
A) Yes, After the success and enormous repercussion of the retransmissions made on Facebook of I puritani Y The Flying Dutchman, the Royal Theater will commemorate its anniversaries with the live broadcast of Carmen, in October 2017, and Lucia of Lammermoor, in july 2018, in more than 200 spaces throughout Spain, with screens installed in squares and emblematic buildings, in addition to the open broadcast on social networks and online platforms around the world.
His most popular productions will be screened in cinemas across the country, being already programmed La traviata, he 16 November 2017, Y Madama Butterfly, he 10 May 2018.
They will also continue broadcasts of the children's and youth shows of El Real Junior in schools Y cinemas of all communities, being planned the morning projections of Summer night Dream, he 10 October 2017 ─to celebrate the international day of music─ and The cat with boots, he 6 May 2018, coinciding with the European Music Days.
stage Digital will continue to offer live broadcasts of a large part of the Theater's productions, expanding its catalog of online opera shows, ballet and concerts.
Likewise, with the impulse of the commemorative triennium of its Bicentennial, the Teatro Real will carry out new editions of two very diversified and already consolidated artistic proposals: the Opera Week, with a growing participation and involvement of the public, and the Universal Music Festival, in summer, that brings together relevant pop musicians, rock, jazz, the flamenco to bid farewell to each season.
The dance program will be made up of shows starring four companies.
He Victor Ullate Ballet will play Carmen in the Canal Theatre, with choreography by Victor Ullate and music from Georges Bizet Y Peter Navarrete, anticipating the performances of the homonymous opera at the Teatro Real.
He National Ballet of Spain will bring his show to Real Sorolla, with choreographies of Arantxa Carmona, Miguel Fuente, Manuel Linan and Antonio Navarro and music from Juan José Colomer, Paco de Lucía, Enrique Bermúdez, plus popular topics, with the participation of the Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra, under the direction of Manuel Coves.
The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company will perform four choreographies of Jacopo Godani: Metamorphers (music of Bela Bartok), Echoes from a Restless Soul (music of Maurice Ravel), Postgenoma Y Moto Perpetuo, with music 48NORD.
The Royal Ballet will close the dance season at the Teatro Real with its new and long-awaited production of Swan Lake, with choreography by Liam Scarlett. The music of Piotr Ilich Chaikovski will be performed by Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra in all six functions.
THE REAL JUNIOR, THE TRAINING PROJECT AND THE SOCIAL PROJECT
The Royal Theater reaffirms its commitment to the education, training and consolidation of the children's public, youth and university in active collaboration with educational centers and universities through projects as diversified as Royal Junior, he BED (The opera, Learning a vehicle), he Young Club, University scene, the workshops Exposed opera, the monographic courses etc., reinforced with a policy of economic incentives for minors from 30 Y 35 years that allows them to access the shows for very affordable prices.
In the programming of Royal Junior highlights the premiere of five new productions of the Teatro Real for different ages and with different formats: Mother Goose, with music by Maurice Ravel, in the main room; old cinema with new music, with films by Charles Chaplin and live music, in the Sala Gayarre; The hidden face of piano in the orchestra room; Gian Carlo Menotti's opera The phone, or love three, in the main room and Pulcinella, dance show with music by Stravinsky in the Sala Gayarre.