Still in the midst of the social upheaval and economic consequences caused by the pandemic, the 25Season of the Teatro Real after its reopening, is presented in a more hopeful context, claiming the gradual return to normality.
It is an ambitious and eclectic program with a tour of 5 centuries, Which incorporates 10 new titles to the lyrical repertoire that the Royal Theater has been shaping throughout its history and that will reach its number season this year 100.
In addition to all the parallel activities inside and outside the Theater, of your course offer, workshops and projects with educational centers, the Season 2021-2022, with a great variety of eras and styles, is composed of 16 titles of Opera, 3 Programs of dance, 9 concerts plus the 6 that make Chamber Sundays; 8 productions for children and adolescents framed in Royal Junior in addition to the 9 children's workshops Everyone to the Gayarre!; Y 5 projections of Real productions within the cycle Opera in Cinema.
In the Opera program highlights the premiere from the opera of Luis de Pablo, the letter opener, from the homonymous novel by Vicente Molina Foix, librettist, once again, composer; and the premiere of the stage version chamber opera The empty hours, from Ricardo Llorca.
Along with popular titles from the lyrical repertoire, as The weddings by Figaro, Cinderella, Nabucco, He twilight of the gods, Lakmé O La bohème, Little known works of the English Baroque will be offered such as Parthenope, from georg Friedrich Handel (premiere in Spain) Y King Arthur, from Henry Purcell, Y 3 rarely performed 20th century works: Joan of Arc at the stake, from Arthur Honegger, The angel of fire, from Sergei Prokofiev (premiere in Spain) Y Siberia, from Umberto Giordano.
Five interesting dramaturgical proposals show the syncretism of the opera programming: the staging of the oratory Joan of Arc at the stake, from Arthur Honegger, and from the cantata The elected damsel, from Claude Debussy; the absolute premiere of Extinction production conceived from two masses of the Spanish baroque composer Joan Cererols; the miscellany of fragments of opera and dance of the seventeenth century entitled The birth of the Sun King; or the hybrid proposal of the musician Rufus Wainwright, Hadrian, ‘Pop belcantism’ with photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Cinderella, de Gioachino Rossini
Co-production of the Den Norske Opera in Oslo (2017) are the National Opera of Lyon.
The lyrical season will open on 23 of September, preceded by a youth preview minor 35 years, he 20 of September. The staging of Stefan Herheim, debuting at Real, is a delicious and fun reading of the playful drama Rossini, with the presence on stage of the composer himself, that with this score said goodbye forever to the opera buffa, genre in which it was unsurpassed.
Riccardo Frizza, specialist Italian repertoire, will have two select bel canto casts, led by mezzo-sopranos Karine Deshayes Y Aigul Akhmetshina and tenors Dmitry Korchak Y Michele Angelini.
23 September – 9 October | 14 functions | 2 deliveries
The empty hours, Ricardo Llorca | Premiere of the stage version | Premiere at the Royal Theater
New production of Teatro Real, in co-production with the Teatros del Canal and in collaboration with the New York Opera Society.
Jose Luis Arellano Garcia is responsible for the first staging of this chamber opera that investigates the loneliness of a woman addicted to the internet who confuses the real and imaginary world, starring the soprano Sonia de Munck. The musical direction is from Alexis Soriano.
9 November – 14 November | 5 functions | Theaters Canal
Parthenope, the Georg Friedrich Handel | Premiere in Spain | Premiere the Teatro Real
Co-production of the English National Opera (2008), the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Australia.
Four suitors, one of them transvestite,they fight for the same woman in a satirical opera, obscene, agile and light, unusual in the haendelian catalog.
Ivor Bolton, specialist in this repertoire, will be in charge of two casts of singers ‘from the baroque universe’ -as Brenda Rae, Sabina Puértolas, Iestyn Davies, Franco Fagioli, Anthony Roth Constanzo, Jeremy Ovenen O Juan Sancho– that will give life to this funny sitcom with which the stage director Christopher Alden won the Oliver award for the best operatic production in 2009.
13 November – 23 November | 9 functions | 2 deliveries
Bohemian, Giacomo Puccini
Co-production of the Teatro Real (2017), in co-production with the Royal Opera House in London and the Lyric Opera in Chicago.
The production conceived by Richard Jones in which the viewer, transformed into voyeur, follow the Scenes of Bohemian Life of the protagonists, but also the ins and outs of the backstage and works of backstage. Jaho Ermonela Y Michael Fabiano, Y Eleonora Buratto Y Andeka Gorrotxategi, lead two choral casts that will perform under the sure and meticulous baton of Nicola Luisotti.
12 December – 4 January | 15 functions | 2 deliveries
Götterdämmerung, Richard Wagner
Cologne Opera Production (2007).
The visionary Wagnerian Tetralogy culminates with the 'too real' ecological allegory of Robert Carsen Y Patrick Kinmonth, in which savage capitalism and consumerism lead to the devastation of the planet and the extinction of humanity.
Pablo Heras-Casado the saga will culminate next to singers like Andreas Schager, Ricarda Menzer, Martin Winkler, Lauri Vasar O Stephen Milling.
26 January – 27 February | 9 functions
The Letter Opener, by Luis de Pablo, with libretto by Vicente Molina Foix | Premiere at the Royal Theater
premiere. New production of Teatro Real.
Vicente Molina Foix transforms the first part of his novel into a libretto the letter opener, kaleidoscope of political world, social and cultural Spanish in the first half of the 20th century, that fuses the intimate and the public, the personal and the historical, through anonymous characters and real ones like Vicente Aleixandre, Federico Garcia Lorca, Miguel Hernández or Eugenio D’Ors, to whom De Pablo gives voice with a score of great orchestral richness, full of reminiscences and musical evocations that will make it closer to the viewer than its previous operas. The musical direction will Fabián Panisello and staging of Xavier Albertí –Which makes his debut at Real- with the complicity of a great cast of Spanish singers.
16 February – 26 February | 6 functions
Lakmé, by Leo Delibes
The english director Leo Hussain will be in charge of the musical direction of this opera so representative of the orientalist and tragic exoticism of the nineteenth-century French opera. Sabine Devieilhe will play the committed title role, next to Xabier Anduaga, Stéphane Diverting and the rest of the cast.
1, 3 March| 2 functions | Opera in concert version
The angel of fire, of Sergei Prokofiev | Premiere in Spain | Premiere at the Royal Theater
New production of Teatro Real, in collaboration with the Zurich Opernhaus (2017).
In this intense opera that Prokofiev could not see premiered due to the Soviet repression, Renata, very difficult role in which they will alternate Austine Stundyte Y Elena Popovskaya, look for a strange angel of fire, transformed into obsessive erotic passion, lived between a kind of love triangle, in which esotericism is not lacking, madness and exacerbated emotions, what calixto Bieito deals with brilliant dramaturgical and conceptual artifice. Spanish will be in the musical direction Gustavo Gimeno, with an unstoppable international career, which will debut at the Teatro Real in front of a great (and double) choral cast.
22 March - 5 April | 10 functions
King Arthur, Henry Purcell | Premiere at the Royal Theater
The Belgian vocal and instrumental group The voice of the Light, with its director Lionel Meunier, it is the ideal to revive this work of Purcell in an attractive way and imbued with the atmosphere of the English baroque, who know how to recreate with great care.
27 March | 1 function | Opera in a dramatized concert version
Extinction: Battle Mass Y Misa for the dead by Joan Cererols | Premiere at the Royal Theater
premiere. New production of Teatro Real, in co-production with the Teatro de la Abadía and in collaboration with the International Festival of Sacred Art (fīās).
The versatile Agrupación Señor Serrano and the Nereydas set, directed by Ulises Javier Illán, will offer the absolute premiere of a production created from two seventeenth-century masses by Joan Cererols presented with a powerful dramaturgical and audiovisual discourse, that reflects on the plunder of nature.
12 April – 24 April | 12 functions | Abbey Theater
Le nozze di Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Premiere at the Royal Theater
New production of the Royal Theater in co-production with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
The next 30 June this new co-production with the Royal Theater will be premiered at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, in which the dutch director Lotte de Beer plunges into the most invisible part of the relationships between the characters, unveiling the secrets of the score with the complicity of Ivor Bolton, Mozart's great director, and a double cast that stands out for the musical and acting quality of its singers, so necessary to the success of this great sitcom.
22 April – 12 mayo | 13 functions | 2 deliveries
Siberia, de Umberto Giordano | Premiere at the Royal Theater
The Venezuelan director on the rise Sunday Hindoyan, ‘Son’ of System by José Antonio Abreu, will be responsible for the musical direction of this forgotten opera, in which the dramaturgical force of Umberto Giordano stands out, who uses Russian melodies to reinforce the veracity of the drama.
6, 9 mayo | 2 functions | Opera in concert version
The elected damsel, Claude Debussy | Premiere at the Royal Theater
Joan of Arc at the stake, by Arthur Honegger | Premiere at the Royal Theater
New production of the Teatro Real in co-production with the Oper Frankfurt (2017).
Alex Olle unites Honegger's dramatic oratorio with text by Paul Claudel and Debussy's symbolist cantata from the homonymous poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti through the female icon of heroine and martyr, that vertebra both scores, with almost antagonistic musical discourses.
Juanjo Mena will be responsible for creating the musical universe of each of these works, in which the participation of the soprano stands out Camilla Tilling, como La Damoiselle, in the first, and the actress Irene Escolar, as Joan of Arc, in the second.
7 June – 17 June | 8 functions
The birth of the Sun King, from various composers | Premiere at the Royal Theater
This delightful miscellany of opera and dance with works by various composers of the 17th century will be recreated by the Matching set directed by harpsichordist Sébastien Daucé.
19 June | 1 function| Semi-opera in concert version
Nabucco, de Giuseppe Verdi
New production of Teatro Real, in co-production with the Zurich Opernhaus (2019).
Nabucco It was the first Verdi title that sounded at the Royal Theater, in the acoustic tests prior to its inauguration. The opera premiered at 1853 and was presented in successive seasons, always with great success, until 1871. Since then it has not been offered in his room. Now, 151 years after the last performance, returns with scene direction of Andreas Homoki, which will debut at the Teatro Real.
Nicola Luisotti will extract all the juice from the score, enhancing its dramatic richness, in which Verdi already has traits of the genius that would flourish in later works. Three casts of great voices will give life to the popular Verdi drama set in the Italy of the resurgence, with sumptuous wardrobe by Susana Mendoza.
9 July – 14 July | 15 functions | Teatro Real
Hadrian, de Rufus Wainwright | Premiere in Spain | Premiere at the Royal Theater
The desolation of Emperor Hadrian over the death of his young lover Antinous, that inspired so many great literary and musical works, was also the source of inspiration for the Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright for his new foray into the world of opera with the help of Jorn Weisbrodt in the direction of scene, supported by the powerful images of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
27 July | 1 function | Universal Music Festival | Semi-staged concert version
SEASON OPERA BY CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF CREATION:
The DANCE SCHEDULE will bring to the Royal Theater 3 companies representing different choreographic universes. He National Ballet of Spain will celebrate on our stage the Centennial of Antonio Ruiz Soler, ‘Antonio the Dancer’, with a program composed of choreographies of this mythical figure of Spanish dance along with other Ruben Olmo, current director of the BNE, Y Carlos Vilán. Acosta Dance, company founded by the great name of classical dance, Carlos Acosta, will pay tribute to his native Cuba through the gaze of some of the most relevant choreographers of the moment, among those listed Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Y Russell Maliphant, among others. The finishing touch of the season will be Bolshoi Ballet, who returns to the Royal Theater with one of the most emblematic titles of classical dance, La bayadera, in the version of Yuri Grigorovich on the original of Marius Petipa.
The cycle REAL VOICES is composed this season by 6 concerts starring some of the best lyrical artists in the world: Juan Diego Florez, Ana Netrebko Y Yusif Eyvazof, Lise Davidsen Y Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Lisette Oropesa, Jakub Józef Orlinski Y Bejun Metha.
They complete the offer of CONCERTS the 6 that make up the cycle CAMERA SUNDAYS, and others 3 interesting proposals. Under the title Rossini and Spain. Isabel Colbrán, the muse, soprano Olga Syniakova and the conductor Lucia Marin, in front of the Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra, will perform at the Juan March Foundation. The pianist Lang Lang will be the protagonist of Concert of the Fundación Amigos del Teatro Real Y, once again, the Royal Theater will host the Concert of the Tenor Viñas Contest, in which the winners of the 59th edition of the contest will take part, Next to the Head of the Royal Theatre Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Montané.
OPERA IN CINEMA secures your space with a cycle of 5 titles that can be seen in the main room, all of them recorded on their stage: The touchstone, from Gioachino Rossini (Alberto Zedda / Pier Luigi Pizzi); Alcina, from georg Friedrich Handel (Christopher Moulds/David Alden); Idomeneo (Ivor Bolton/Robert Carsen); Rusalka, from Antonín Dvorák (Ivor Bolton/Christof Loy) Y Aida, from Giuseppe Verdi (Nicola Luisotti / Hugo de Ana).
Children's and youth programming has its space in THE REAL JUNIOR with 8 shows for different ages and different formats such as musical stories, who, dramatized dance and concerts, intended for family audiences and schools.
The youngest season opens on 3 October, in the Main Hall, with the carefree and joyful concert Mozart Revolution, played by the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid (JORCAM) and new singers of the project Crescendo, we create opera, first program to promote young talents organized by the Fundación Amigos del Teatro Real, all of them under the direction of Rubén Gimeno, with script and presentation of Ana Hernández Sanchís. The piano will star in two magical dates of the young season; on the one hand, with the projection of the animated film Magic Chopin, for the first time in Spain, with live music performed by the Ukrainian pianist Mariana Gurkova, Y, for another, with Piano without limits, this time with the artist Karina Azizova to the keyboard, in the incomparable setting of the Orchestra Hall. Both shows will be scripted and presented by Fernando Palacios. And we recover the tribute to Beethoven, truncated by pandemic, Hand Luis Piedrahita and the conductor Lucia Marin, at the head of the JORCAM, to interpret his works in a didactic concert with the humor and wit of the title Alabin, pRAISE, a la Ludwig van! ¡Beethoven, Beethoven and no one else!
In parallel to the functions of Acosta Dance, the company will offer a one-time appointment, as a master class and introduction to the world of ballet, intended for all audiences, under the title Learning to fly. And the opera will have its leading role with Cinderella, from Pauline Viardot, with the participation of solo singers from the program Crescendo.
The Sala Gayarre continues to be a place of reference at Real Junior. Go back to your stage A catless smile, show conceived by Ferran Carvajal and inspired by Alice in Wonderland, which the little ones have enjoyed so much this year, and will close the season Child's play, where the work of Georges Bizet and traditional games, Hand Fernando Palacios, help to better understand and listen to music. Monthly appointments will also take place here Everyone to the Gayarre!, for the entire family, with his lighthearted and entertaining gaze on the great opera season titles.
He TRAINING PROGRAM consolidates its courses aimed at both university students and the general public and will address both face-to-face training and online.
In section The Opera Uncovered, that reveals the assembly process of an operatic production from within, have been organized 4 workshops focused on: Parthenope (November), Bohemian (December January), The angel of fire (March April), Joan of Arc at the stake (June).
The Courses related to the season will provide 4 called monographs Understand ... Rossini (Cinderella), Händel (Parthenope), Wagner (Götterdämmerung) Y Verdi (Nabucco).
The novelty of this season will be the Dance courses, divided into Fundamental concepts of dance e History and theory of flamenco. Courses for higher education students will continue within the program The University on Stage and the Training courses in performing arts and business management from culture: Opera and leadership I: the art of working with high-performance teams, Opera and leadership II: the art of transforming challenges into opportunities Y Scene photography.
In addition to these training proposals, THE REAL YOUNG, cultural revitalization and customer loyalty program young man aged between 18 and the 35 years, will have exclusive spaces, preferential sales channels and events designed for this group in collaboration with its own committee made up of representatives from different areas of civil society.
Return to the stage of the Royal Theater, after the long hiatus forced by the pandemic, he UNIVERSAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, which will celebrate its sixth edition in summer, Y REAL FLAMENCO consolidates its cycle of performances in the Royal Theater Ballroom, for the fourth year in a row.
The Teatro Real will increase the national and international diffusion of its programming through new recordings and retransmissions and the expansion of the catalog of MyOperaPlayer.
SEASON IN NUMBERS
FUNCTIONS | A total of 272 functions: 124 opera performances spread over 16 Titles; 14 dance performances with 3 different shows; 15 concerts of different formats (6 concerts of Voces del Real; 6 concerts of Chamber Sundays, 3 extraordinary concerts); 60 functions Royal Junior Y 5 projections Opera in Cinema.
OPERA PRODUCTIONS | They offer 8 Royal Theater productions, including the world premiere of 1 an opera (the letter opener) and the premiere of 2 new productions (the letter opener Y Extinction); 10 titles that have never been performed at the Teatro Real; 3 guest productions ─The Cinderella, Parthenope, Götterdämmerung; Y 5 proposals in concert version with different variants, including 1 dramatized version (King Arthur) Y 1 semi-staged version (Hadrian).
SPONSORED OPERATIONAL PRODUCTIONS | Telefónica sponsor Cinderella; Endesa sponsor Parthenope Y Le nozze di Figaro; BBVA Foundation sponsor Bohemian Y Nabucco; Santander Foundation sponsor Joan of Arc at the stake and La damoiselle élue; and the Royal Theater Friends Meeting sponsor Götterdämmerung.
WORKS BY CENTURIES OF THE OPERA SEASON | There will be 3 productions with works of the century XVII (Extinction, The birth of the Sun King Y King Arthur); 2 operas of the century XVIII (Parthenope Y Le nozze di Figaro); 6 century works XIX (Cinderella, Nabucco, Götterdämmerung, Lakmé, The elected damsel Y Bohemian); 3 century works XX (Siberia, Joan of Arc at the stake Y The angel of fire); Y 3 century titles XXI (The empty hours, Hadrian Y The Letter Opener).
WORKS BY GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS | They will be presented 4 italian operas, 3 Spanish productions, 2 Germanic operas (1 of them, Le nozze di Figaro in Italian), 2 english operas (1 of them, from Händel -German settled in England-, in Italian), 3 productions with French works, 1 Russian opera and 1 American opera.
DANCE | There will be 14 functions starring 3 companies: National Ballet of Spain, Acosta Dance and Bolshoi Ballet.
THE REAL JUNIOR | The children's and youth programming of the Teatro Real is made up of 84 functions –60 for all audiences and 24 for school centers- with 8 programs, including 18 workshops Everyone to the Gayarre!
TRAINING PROGRAM | They offer 4 workshops Uncovered Opera, 4 monographic courses related to the Season, 3 general knowledge courses on opera, 3 courses on Fundamental concepts in the history of opera, 3 training courses in Performing arts and business management from culture, 2 dance courses and 1 new edition of the program The University on Stage.