Bernarda Alba's house

The Teatro de la Zarzuela He has been awarded the prize for Best New Opera Production 2018/2019 by ‘Bernarda Alba's house’ from Miquel Ortega, which it was shown in Madrid coliseum in eight performances in November 2018. The jury Bernarda , summoned by the Association Theaters, Estables festivals and opera seasons in Spain, He has released today the names of artists and institutions recognized in this second edition.

Libretto by Julio Ramos based on the original work of Federico Garcia Lorca, assembly it has the scene address Barbara Lluch and the premiere of the Plazuela de Jovellanos was Miquel Ortega himself who was in command of the musical direction. The cast included names like Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Carmen Romeu, Luis Cansino, Carol Garcia, Marifé Nogales, Elvira Bethlehem, Bern Perles or Milagros Martin, besides the veteran actress Julieta Serrano. The scenography is signed by Ezio Frigerio, costumes is Franca Squarciapino and lighting Vinicio Cheli.

The ceremony the awards will take place in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona the next 12 March 2020.

In addition to the Teatro de la Zarzuela, They have been awarded by the national lyrical activity during the season 2018-2019 Sondra Radvanovsky -Best singer- Y Leonor Bonilla -Best young singer-, Nicola Luisotti -Best Director Musical-, Cristof Loy -Best Stage Director- Y Pocket Opera and New Creation (OBNC) -Best Initiative for the Promotion of lyrical.

Best New Production Latinoamericana it's for him Gran Teatro de Lima for 'Alzira', in Verdi, co-produced by the Ministry of Culture of Peru with ABAO (Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera) and the Royal Opera de Wallonie (Liége, Belgium).

honorary awards

Last October, Opera XXI Assembly, meeting at its semiannual meeting in Oviedo, elected honorary awards for this second edition of the ceremony.

The award for Best Patronage Initiative went to La Caixa, which through its banking foundation La Caixa and its social work is committed to support different seasons theaters and festivals Spanish, as well as educational initiatives and outreach programs and approach to opera.

The Honorary Award for People is a recognition of the career of José Antonio Campos Borrego, one of the personalities dedicated to cultural management most outstanding of our country.

The honorary award for Cultural Institution went to the Canarios Friends of the Opera of Las Palmas, for its important task of promoting, promotion and dissemination of the opera during his 53 seasons uninterrupted path.

The judge

The jury of the second edition of the Opera XXI Awards is composed of journalists Eva Sandoval (RNE, Classical Radio), Jesus Ruiz Mantilla (The country), Maricel Chavarría (The vanguard), Gonzalo Alonso (The reason), José Luis Jiménez (ABC); by critic and co-director of the journal Platea Magazine, Alejandro Martínez, and the director of the magazine Opera Actual, Without Fernando River, and international critics Richard Martet (Opera Magazine) Y Victoria Stapells (Opera Magazine UK), in addition to Andres Rodriguez (Vice President of OLA, opera Latin America). They are experts of recognized national and international prestige and a deep knowledge of the current national lyrical activity. Also present in the discussions Oriol Aguilà, Opera XXI president and director of the Festival Castell de Peralada; José Monforte, Association secretary and general manager of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Valencia), Y Nieves Pascual, Coordinator awards.

Opera XXI awards represent a commitment of the Association for the recognition of the intense lyrical activity in Spain and the artistic and creative talent you can enjoy the Spanish stages season to season.

Teatro de la Zarzuela

Bernarda Alba's house 1

Bernarda Alba's house 2

Bernarda Alba's house 3

Bernarda Alba's house 4

Bernarda Alba's house 5

Miquel Ortega being accompanist at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, back in 1991, He began composing an opera based on the work of his admired Federico García Lorca. It was nothing less than "The House of Bernarda Alba". In a few months the first act was finished. From now on, and because of the numerous commitments that he was acquiring the composer, his work went on for 8 More years. It was a chamber opera in its original composition 14 musicians, mode the Britten chamber operas. But in 2007 He came the opportunity to release it with the condition than in version for symphony orchestra in the theater of the Romanian city of Brasov. Then come the Festivals of Santander and Peralada.Llega now the Teatro de la Zarzuela in a new production version for chamber orchestra, as it was conceived at the outset by Miquel Ortega. And for the first time in a Spanish language version. Julio Ramos's libretto is absolutely respectful of the play. Almost exclusively so do not leave time, some scenes and character were eliminated Prudencia.

Ortega creates a score to match the play. Something not easy with such a complex and full text of more wrenching drama of Lorca. Ortega music, does nothing but enhance the drama, creating a distressing and oppressive atmosphere. Giving life to the other main character is the house and the great Ezio Frigerio, Riccardo Massironi, They have managed to capture in a scenario that the applause was nothing the curtain rises, in recognition of the loyalty of that suffocating space where the tragedy will take place. Frigerio describes it: "It has some convent, some prison, something not seen and have to feel. "

The scenery is enhanced by the costumes of Franca Squarciapino you saw all those women tormented describing perfectly by her outfit. Not missing anything left over in an accurate reading that brings credibility to the representation. The same goes for lighting Vinicio Cheli and the great stage director Barbara Lluch. Among the four they compose the perfect scenery naturally, without fanfare or adornment, as only make great.

Nancy Fabiola Herrera is the Bernarda Alba this production, It is delivered to rigorously character, both vocal and interpretative. It is a relentless and ruthless Bernarda. Impress their sentences at the end of the work She died a virgin!, referring to her daughter Adela, to listen to startle.

In this version, Daniel Bianco free to offer the teacher the opportunity to make a change in one of the main characters of the play took. Poncia, the maid of the house which maintains a curious relationship with Bernarda. According to Lorca's own annotations in the work, Poncia is a friend of Bernarda and only able to talk face to face. For this reason Bianco thought that this character needed a powerful record, a baritone.

The chosen was Luis Cansino, who accepted his character honored, "Artists have to have a point in life where we are able to get out of our comfort zone". Cansino is a dramatic baritone with an unknown capacity in our country, where it is required for papers bufos, and building a flawless and full of theatricality PONCIA, taking care of the details in the interpretation. Gorgeous duet with Adele in the second act.

Highlight the performance of the only high-pitched voice, the Carmen Romeu, who plays the youngest of the sisters, Adela, in a resounding performance.

Impressive to see the grande dame of the Spanish scene Julieta Serrano, who plays Maria Josefa, mother of Bernarda Alba and unique declaimed paper. The play begins with its heartbreaking: ¡Bernard!, which you are able to place on your site each stage, including public.

A high rise was the rest of the cast made by Carol Garcia, as Martirio, Marife Nogales as Amelia, Bethlehem Elvia, Magdalena, Berna Beads, Anguish and Miracles like Martin as a maid.

A magnificent production of Teatro de la Zarzuela is putting the bar very high. No one should miss anything of what is happening here. And that miss, worse for him…

Text: Paloma Sanz
pictures: Javier del Real