Montiel

Maria Jose Montiel opens on Sunday the season of the San Carlo in Naples starring Carmen along with Zubin Mehta. Madrid diva, recent winner of the National Music Prize, will play the protagonist of the opera Bizet debuting in the emblematic Neapolitan Coliseum before the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

tickets, exhausted, cost up 800 euros. The inauguration of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, He is known as "the most beautiful in the world", it becomes a social event again, political and cultural of the first order. And with a Spanish as the protagonist. This will be the fourth time that Zubin Mehta has directed María José Montiel in recent months. The artistic idyll between the two interpreters will culminate in the inauguration, this Sunday, from the season of the mythical Neapolitan coliseum, the largest and oldest in Italy, a gala function which will even be attended by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella. On stage, mezzosoprano Madrid will be dressed as the protagonist of the opera Carmen, Bizet, title that he has sung conducted by maestro Mehta in Tel Aviv in December 2014 and last march. "Working with him is always enriching", Montiel points, and «the collaboration we have is full of complicity, with what we got to give character and the best musical sense of the characters'. In July Mehta also directed the Spanish singer in Un ballo in maschera. After singing the Requiem Verdi Milan EXPO Milano firing 2015, María José Montiel returned to Italy to debut in Naples and makes him happier than ever, now possessing the highest distinction that can suck a Spanish interpreter: the National Music Prize awarded by the Government last October. The Madrid singer, that Carmen has starred in the most important stages of Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, China and United States, will celebrate its Carmen number in Naples 100.

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María José Montiel

This will be the fourth time Zubin Mehta Lead Maria Jose Montiel in recent months. Artistic idyll between the two performers will culminate in the opening of the season at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the largest and oldest in Italy, the next 13 from December, with gala to be attended even the president of the Republic and whose prices soar up to 500 euros. On stage, mezzosoprano Madrid will be dressed as the protagonist of the opera Carmen, from Bizet, has sung title directed by maestro Mehta in December 2014 and last March in Tel Aviv. "Working with him is always enriching", Montiel points, "And the partnership we have is full of complicity, with what we got to give character and the best musical sense of the characters'. In July Mehta also he directed ballo in maschera A and now in return to collaborate together in the emblematic Neapolitan coliseum, He is known as "the most beautiful in Italy".

After singing the Requiem Verdi Milan EXPO Milano firing 2015, María José Montiel returned to Italy to debut in Naples and makes him happier than ever, now possessing the highest distinction that can suck a Spanish interpreter: the National Music Prize awarded by the Government last October.

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Montiel

Maria Jose Montiel will begin the month of September “with great enthusiasm to assume for the first time the character of Dalila who has always been, for vocality and beauty, one of my dreams", affirms the mezzo-soprano from Madrid, role with which he will debut in Mexico. "The truth is that it comes at the best time", keep going. "French music, both in the operatic repertoire and in that of the song, has always lived as something natural in my repertoire, and the heroine of Saint-Saëns, like is logic, I felt her getting closer and closer, so now I face it with great enthusiasm; Besides, it will be the first time I sing an opera in Mexico, so everything comes together so that I feel very happy ", Add. Montiel will debut the sensual character at the Nuevo León Opera, In Monterrey, an institution that, with the support of the State Council of Culture of Mexico, has the privilege of having witnessed the careers of local artists with a great international career, as is the case of the tenor Javier Camarena.

The Spanish singer will offer two performances of the great Saint-Säens opera, the days 18 Y 20 September sharing the stage with Rodrigo Garciarroyo, Guillermo Ruiz, Oscar Martinez Y Charles Oppenheim, the Nuevo León Opera Choir and the UANL Symphony Orchestra, all led by Guido Maria Guida.

María José Montiel will arrive in Mexico after having debuted this July in Israel the role of Ulrica from Un ballo in maschera, from Verdi, Hand Zubin Mehta. After the performances of Samson et Dalila he will offer a recital at the Alicante Concert Society (7 October), will sing Verdi's Requiem with La Verdi in Milan as part of the events that close the Expo Milano 2015 (29 Y 30 October 1 of November) and will debut at the San Carlo Theater in Naples with one of his fetish roles, the protagonist of Carmen, from Bizet, again under the direction of Zubin Mehta.
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Maria Jose Montiel

the mezzosoprano Maria Jose Montiel will add another title to its extensive operatic repertoire next July: If trata de Un ballo in maschera, from Verdi, work in which the Madrid diva will play the character of Ulrica day 14, 16, 18 Y 20 of July with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and under the baton of Zubin Mehta, a director with whom he has collaborated for several seasons and with whom he has sung other titles such as Medea, from Cherubini (Palau de les Arts in Valencia) or Carmen, from Bizet (with the Israeli team based in Tel Aviv and twice this season). "Ulrica is a role that I am passionate about and for which I have been preparing myself conscientiously since Master Mehta proposed it to me", points singer, who also assures that the collaboration that has been established with the Indian director "is one of those wonderful things that happen to one in life and which I try to enjoy every moment; He is an exceptional musician and I feel really blessed and excited to be working with him on this new Verdi role in my repertoire ”.

Montiel arrives in July after a 2015 full of commitments: after singing in Valencia (a recital at the Palau de la Música and the Rossinian Stabat Mater at the Palau de les Arts), Barcelona (Seven popular Spanish songs, from Failure, at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona), Madrid (Requiem by Verdi and a Lyrical Gala with the RTVE Orchestra and Choir and a recital to benefit the Center for Applied Medical Research of the University of Navarra), Pamplona (recital at the Gayarre Theater), Lisboa (Mahler's Third Symphony with the Portuguese Symphony), Tel Aviv (Carmen with Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic) or Milan (Third Symphony of Mahler with LA VERDI).

Before her debut as Ulrica in Israel, the Madrid diva will offer, he 15 of June, a recital within the XXI Lied Cycle at the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid and another, the day 21, in Tribute to the soprano Victoria de Los Ángeles in Barcelona.

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Otello

Mucha was the expectation that had generated the premiere of Otello from Zubin Mehta Y Davide Livermore at Palau de Les Arts. And timely and deserved success that has garnered.
While others look inward, finding nothing, Les Arts ends its season with a magnificent show of force. Neither threats of the crisis, nor the difficulties in obtaining resources have been an obstacle to Valencia has offered an important opera season, culminating with the brilliance of this work of own production.
Otello, la perfecta tragedy concocted by Giuseppe Verdi Y Arrigo Boito, It is a heroic and intense work with which Verdi achieves musical and dramatic continuity through its intense monologues and duets, declaimed more than sung, and an orchestration that emphasizes the drama and subtlety throughout the work.
The opera starts and runs with a great display of visual effects. The stage manager and lighting, Davide Livermore, surprised with its scenic approach formed by a spiral platform, a plunger.
On the same stage all the scenes unfold, each defined by a efectistas projections, from a stormy sea to intimate rooms where the tragedy and death of Desdemona develops. Although it was precisely the images that illustrated the crime the less fortunate to stay out of context.
A stage full of symbolism. jealousy, resentment, treachery… represented by a big black hole that actors roamed toward or away from the core.
And as master of ceremonies, Zubin Mehta as a, despite having the work at a tempo maybe too slow, deployed variety of shades in a direction pulcrísima, explosives brighter moments in the delicate.
The Orchestra of Valencia, deservedly ovacionada, He responded with flexibility and ease to the orders of the baton, getting moments of great beauty, especially by the ropes, and reaching sound effects so decisive in Otello.
American tenor Gregory customer, which he reached Aleksandrs Antonenko replacing Palau, It was another pleasant surprise of the night. Although for the voice of Otello I like a darker timbre and less rossiniano, Kunde was the outstanding Otello. Without pretending to look serious sonorities, better defining the character, but he does not have, the best was the variety of harmonics, especially in the high notes that attacked without fear. Too bad to lose his voice apianar consistency. But he gave his character an exciting drama, especially in the last act and scene, loaded with symbolism, in which Yago repeats like a shadow every move.
Maria Agresta, as Desdemona, Went from less to more. It has a beautiful timbre and a deft ability to control his voice. He built a delicate Desdemona, innocent and great feeling, but you must work dramatization.
Another attraction of the evening was to hear again, this time as the Machiavellian traitor Iago, baritone Carlos Alvarez. His comeback is being carefully paused.
His voice is not before. The volume has decreased and showed difficulties in promotions. But his phrasing, nobility on stage, elegant singing and first and second acts in which his instrument was firm and full of musicality, They leave the door open to an undeniable voice evolution. Visibly moved he received a standing ovation.
Marcelo Puente, as Cassio, and especially as Emilia Cristina Faus, They resolved with dignity their roles.
Well the Choir of Valencia. Powerful and well jaunty around the stage. More discreet was the performance of the children's choir, Choir of Our Lady of the Abandoned, improvable.
Escelente directing actors. Verdi has the difficulty of its great scenic pictures, with crowds on stage that are not always easy to manage. This time Davide Livermore makes an excellent acting direction. The balance on stage is permanent, also when it is filled with choir, soldiers, singers, children ... It is not easy to move so many people in such irregular surface, but Livermore gets it.
Costumes, Livermore's own, rounded characters packaging, especially Otello and Iago. Although I confess that I understood styling women's chorus.
Definitely, one that Otello, with all its dramatic charge, It is full of freshness, Light and talent on stage and behind it is.

OTELLO
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
1 June 2013
Opera in four acts
Libreto of Arrigo Boito. Based on the eponymous drama of W. Shakespeare
D. musical: Zubin Mehta
D. lighting scene: Davide Livermore
Videocreación: D-WOK
New production of the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía.
Gregory customer, Carlos Alvarez, Maria Agresta, Marcelo Puente, Cristina Faus, Mario Cerdá