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Dead Man Walking at Teatro Real, Madrid 2018

Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the novel by Sister Helen Prejean

On January 26, 2018, the Teatro Real presented the Spanish premiere of Dead Man Walking, the first opera by composer Jake Heggie, based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean. Dead Man Walking – slang in American prisons for a prisoner on death row as he walks from his cell to the electric chair – is a reflection on the death penalty, and at the same time, a study in the redemptive power of love.

At the Teatro Real, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave life to Sister Helen Prejean, protagonist of the drama, while the musical direction was in the hands of Mark Wigglesworth, and the stage direction, by Leonardo Foglia.

Genre: Opera in two acts
Conductor : Jake Heggie
Duration: 151′
Format: HD

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Capriccio at Teatro Real, Madrid 2019

Music by Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Libretto by Joseph Gregor, Richard Strauss and Clemens Krauss, after the original idea by Stefan Zweig.

The historic debate regarding the relative importance that words should have in opera with respect to the music constituted a source of fascination for Richard Strauss throughout his life.

In Capriccio, he delves deeper in this topic, using an exceptional libretto, fruit of a suggestion from his dear Stefan Zweig, who found a brief comedy in the British Library which served as inspiration for that which would be the last opera of the German composer; a comedy, which incidentally had already served as inspiration for Antonio Salieri.

From this point a plot arose, full of irony, featuring a Countess –symbol of art- whose affection were found to be divided between two suitors, a poet and a composer. Who should she choose?

Genre: Opera Konversationsstück für Musik in one act
Conductor : Richard Strauss
Duration: 147′
Format: HD

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Aida at Teatro Real, Madrid 2018

Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, after a script (1869) by Auguste Mariette and Camille du Locle

In the midst of the Bicentennial and 20th anniversary celebrations, the Teatro Real revived one of its most monumental and emblematic productions of its recent history: Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered in 1998 with the staging, scenography, and costumes by Hugo de Ana. Now we will see a restored and updated version of one of the most popular operas by the composer from Busseto.

Under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, principal guest musical director of the Teatro Real and Prize for the Best Musical Director Opera XXI for Turandot at Teatro Real.

Genre: Opera in four acts
Conductor : Giuseppe Verdi
Duration: 156′
Format: HD

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Madama Butterfly at Teatro Real, Madrid 2017

Music by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after the play Madama Butterfly by David Belasco, after a short story by John Luther Long

Madama Butterfly, one of the most staged operas in the whole world. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San, better known as Madama Butterfly, touches all audiences. Puccini’s innate talent narrates the terrible conflict between two irreconcilable civilizations.

Stage director Mario Gas takes a different angle, by setting the story in a 1930s cinema set. He narrates the poignant drama from three simultaneous perspectives for an even more marvelous experience of this classic by Giacomo Puccini.

Genre: Opera in two or three acts
Conductor : Giacomo Puccini
Duration: 150′
Format: HD

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Lucia di Lamermoor at Teatro Real, Madrid 2018

Dramma tragico in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, based on the novel The Bride of Lammermoor (1819), by Walter Scott

A true paradigm of romantic Italian opera, Lucia di Lammermoor is the most accomplished and famous of Gaetano Donizetti’s extensive list of lyrical dramas.

Daniel Oren, in the musical direction, and David Alden, in the stage direction, will transport us to the cold and humid Scotland together with a cast that includes Lisette Oropesa, Venera Gimadieva, Javier Camarena, Ismael Jordi and Roberto Tagliavini, among others.

Genre: Opera Dramma tragico in three act
Conductor : Gaetano Donizetti
Duration: 175′
Format: HD

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ALCESTE at Teatro Real, Madrid 2019

Opera in three acts, from the Libretto by Marie Francois-Louis Gand Le Blanc du Roullet, based on the original by Ranieri de Calzabigi about the work by Euripides Alcestis.

In Alceste, Gluck not only achieved a radically innovative score, he also gave dignity to women who were so often treated carelessly in the libertine 18th century. In his idealisation of the feminine figure, he turns to characters like Iphigenia and Alceste, prepared to sacrifice themselves instead of their consorts, taking their place among the noblest heroines of universal literature since Euripides.

Genre: Opera in three acts
Conductor : Christoph Willibald Gluck
Duration: 147′
Format: HD

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