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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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Il trovatore at Teatro Real, Madrid 2019

Of the impenetrable – and often delirious – plot of Il trovatore, the aspect that most appealed to Giuseppe Verdi was the profound vital contradiction in which Azucena finds herself, as full of love for her son as she is of hate for her mother.

With an almost unbridled temperament and irresistible momentum, Il trovatore is brimming with dramatic tension and musical genius, giving rise to a story of love and revenge that grows in intensity, irrepressible, and culminates in the final catastrophe.

Genre: Opera in four acts
Conductor : Giuseppe Verdi
Duration: 150′
Format: HD

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La Traviata at Teatro Real, Madrid 2020

La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.
Based on La Dame aux camélias (1852), a play adapted from the 1848 novel by Alexandre Dumas fils, it has become one of the composer’s most acclaimed works.

La traviata was presented at the Teatro Real in a unique context. The opera was presented with fewer rehearsals than normal and with a stage proposal designed to adapt to circumstances of the health crisis.

The stage director Leo Castaldi devised a semi-staged concert version, in collaboration with the light designer Carlos Torrijos and the technical team of the Teatro Real, using elements of props, costumes and characterization from the back of the theatre.

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Fly Bird, Fly

The story of the Hungarian folk revival, which started in the 1970s, and its continuing legacy today. It was the only grassroots musical movement in the Eastern Bloc. Why did it happen, and how did rural peasant music become a significant movement in the city and had an effect on the regime change?

Filmed in Budapest, Warsaw and Transylvanian villages with eye-catching archive and new dance scene recordings.

Duration: 50′ or 58′

Directed by Simon Broughton

Language: Hungarian with English subtitles

 

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