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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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Bomarzo at Teatro Real, Madrid 2016

Music by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
Libretto by Manuel Mujica Lainez, based on his novel Bomarzo

New production by the Teatro Real and the Dutch National Opera whose Artistic Director, Pierre Audi, takes on the stage direction. The conductor is David Afkham, lead conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra and Choir, with a select cast and the Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra.

First performed in 1967, Bomarzo is based on the novel of the same name by Manuel Mujica Lainez, inspired by the impressive 16th century sculptures of the Park of the Monsters, to the north of Rome. The first and last time Bomarzo was staged in Europe was in 1976, in London, and since then it had not been performed for over 40 years.

Genre: Opera in two acts
Conductor : Alberto Ginastera
Duration: 155′
Format: HD

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ALCINA at Teatro Real, Madrid 2016

Händel’s musical genius and the fantastical story from Orlando furioso, the epic poem by Ludovico Ariosto that inspired the opera, made Alcina one of the most popular operas by the Saxon composer (alongside Ariodante and Orlando, which were also inspired by the same great literary work) performed in Covent Garden in 1735.

The story, which has echoes of Homer, features the sorceress Alcina, who draws the protagonists to her island to seduce them and turn them into part of the landscape.

In this adaptation by David Alden, Alcina’s magical kingdom is the theatre itself, constructed with references to Hollywood, magazines and musical comedy. The seemingly happy ending when Ruggiero gets married to Bradamante in an entirely conventional way in a suburbs manages to inspire nostalgia for the theatrical world where the sorceress reigned.

Genre : Opera in three acts
Conductor : Georg Friedrich Haendel
Duration: 186′
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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