Experimental Argentine operas, lyrical galas in Uruguay, a commemoration of the birth of Ástor Piazzolla in Brazil, and a new production of Ariadne in Naxos that opens at the Liceu. Check what shows September delivers in the theaters of the OLA network.
Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires
The 2021 Ballet season opens with a mixed program created especially during the pandemic. The young dancer Maximiliano Iglesias makes his debut as a choreographer with Vendaval, inspired by the music of Tchaikovsky; and Alejandro Cervera, a choreographer with a long career, created Itinerario Piazzolla on some of the composer’s themes, celebrating the centenary of his birth.
Date: September 2 to 11.
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.
Teatro del Bicentenario de San Juan
A chamber opera rehearsed in the house of the same author. It is Erased the Shadows, by the musician Tito Oliva.
Date: September 4.
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Theatro São Pedro
In honor of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, which will be commemorated on September 14, Bell’Anima Produções has prepared two special projects that can be known to the public on that date: the show A Paixão de Dante, a work composed by Vagner Cunha for choir and orchestra; and a commemorative edition of the book La divina comedia: Inferno, with an unpublished translation by José Clemente Pozenato.
Date: September 14, 17 and 18 (in-person show).
Theatro Municipal de São Paulo
In commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Ástor Piazzolla, the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo will present the opera María de Buenos Aires between September 10 and 19. The production will be conducted by Roberto Minczuk and will feature the prominent soprano Catalina Cuervos.
Date: September 10 to 19 (face-to-face show).
Time: On days 10, 15, 16 and 17 the performance will be at 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, 11, 12, 18 and 19 is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
Municipal de Santiago
The opera returns to the stage of the Municipal Theater of Santiago with the best Chilean voices, in a virtual gala entitled Divas y Villanos, which covers different lyrical styles, going from drama to humor. An invitation to a journey through the various emotions that an opera and its characters can evoke, with a repertoire that will not leave anyone unaware.
Dates: Friday, September 3 (works by Wagner, Delibes, Bizet, Saint-Saëns and Donizetti).
Friday September 10 (works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Giordano and Lehar).
Time: 8:00 p.m. (through the Municipal Delivery digital platform).
Teatro del Lago
A bunch of important composers, singer-songwriters, compilers and visionary music from our continent flourish on the stage of Teatro del Lago, such as Toto la Momposina from Colombia, Violeta Parra from Chile, María Elena Walsh from Argentina and Chabuca Granda from Peru, to name some.
Compositions that will be performed by Natalia Ramírez accompanied by the musicians of the Ensamble Teatro del Lago and Milton Russel (double bass), Luis Barrueto (percussion), Ángel González (violin) and Mario Brignardello (viola), under the musical direction and arrangements of Raúl Céspedes .
Date: September 4 (face-to-face show).
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Colon Theater in Bogotá
The adaptation of the story The Light Princess, by George Mac Donald, directed by Milena Forero and written by María Adelaida Palacio and Felipe Botero, tells the story of Emma, a girl who spends her time in the clouds and has her parents quite worried because Not only does he float, he also doesn’t take anything seriously and the only one he talks to is Dog, his dog.
The cast is made up of Emma, played by actress Nataly Vásquez Zuluaga; ‘El Perro’, a great puppet directed by Carlos Velásquez; “The man who only talks to people who are not his age,” played by Andrés Estrada; the Parents, Diana Alfonso and Iván Carvajal; the ‘Invisible Child’, performed by Candelaria Torres and Matilde Acevedo and Felipe Polanía, the animators.
Date: September 5.
Time: 11:00 and 15:00.
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo
Concert of the Youth Orchestras of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra.
Date: September 12
Time: 11:00 hours.
To continue its task of promoting and disseminating the work of Colombian composers, the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo will program Cámara Colombia by Quartet of Clarinets and Percussion – Cañabrava, Colombia, a special strip featuring chamber groups created by national artists. At concerts it will also be open to creations by Latin American composers.
Date: September 24.
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Teatro Real de Madrid
The story of the maid who is magically transformed into a princess is present in the folk traditions of ancient Greece, the Tang dynasty in China, The Arabian Nights, as well as in the anthologies of Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and – as we all know – Walt Disney. Now, in none of them – to our knowledge – is the question of Hamletian resonances pronounced that if we hear in Rossini’s La Cenerentola: “Am I a prince or a cauliflower?
Indeed, a century and a half of tradition of commedia dell’arte and another more of opera buffa had not passed in vain and, thus, the last giocoso dramma of the last great representative of this genre beat all expectations in its time – opera it reached Constantinople, Buenos Aires, Calcutta and Sydney only a few decades after its premiere in Rome – just as it still does not disappoint in ours.
The fun and lively production of Stefan Herheim that will visit us on this occasion adds an unexpected ingredient to this exciting mix of humor and fantasy, since in it the composer himself will make an appearance and demonstrate how true magic is, in reality, in the human voice.
Date: September 20 (youth preview); September 23 (premiere) and September 24. Functions until October 9.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Ariadne auf Naxos by Katie Mitchell, the renowned theater director, tells the story of the richest man in Vienna, who has commissioned a serious opera from a young composer, as well as inviting a group of actors from the commedia dell’arte. As she asks everyone to act at once, the frivolous Zerbinetta tries to convince the tragic Ariadne that men are all the same and even interchangeable. This debate between fidelity versus metamorphosis, in addition to being a tribute to Molière and Mozart, is an opera as impertinent as it is irresistible. Life imposes oblivion and transformation.
Ariadne integrates this Pirandellian image of the “theater within the theater” and, under a layer of apparent humor, hides the dislikes of love and life. Multiplicity of feelings in action and a clash of worlds that finally coexist in the resignation of an unattainable paradise.
Date: September 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Time: 7:00 p.m. (except Sunday 26, the day the show will be at 5:00 p.m.).
Adela Reta National Auditorium (SODRE)
The Uruguayan Jazz Winter Festival can be seen in the Hugo Balzo Hall in person or via Streaming – live and free of charge – through the YouTube channels Sodre and the National Directorate of Culture of the MEC. The first edition of the “Jazz del Uruguay” Winter Festival is made up of 10 artistic proposals, selected from among those who presented themselves to the public call.
The event wants to recognize and strengthen the presence of Uruguayan Jazz, its originality and peculiarities, mainly in association with candombe, the unmistakable stamp of Uruguayan flag jazz. This imprint, which began to be printed timidly in the 60s in Uruguay, by the hand of some pioneers, today represents a clear and powerful brand of our jazz.
This Winter Festival is carried out in coordination with the National Directorate of Culture of the MEC and the National Institute of Music.
Date: Until September 4.
Time: 20:30 hours.
Scheherezade is a symphonic suite by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Kórsakov, based on the collection of short stories The Thousand and One Nights. This orchestral work combines two characteristics common to Russian music, and particularly that of Rimsky-Kórsakov: a dazzling and colorful orchestration and an interest in the Orient, very prominent in the history of Imperial Russia.
Exemplary of the late 19th century taste for program music, or music with a story to tell, the piece evokes an image of Scheherazade, Sultan Schahriar’s wife, telling tales of her to avoid being killed. The work has a recurring violin solo representing Scheherazade herself and a deep and heavy theme corresponding to the Sultan.
Date: September 8.
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Classic and contemporary night includes 4 recitals. This is the third consecutive season in which the pianist Juan José Zeballos has performed as a soloist in the Sala Delmira Agustini of the Teatro Solís. The previous series “Las stations” and “Zeballos en la Delmira” covered piano music from different periods and styles. On this occasion, as its name indicates, the programs of each presentation will include European and Latin American classical composers, while giving to know new works by living composers, most of them in first audition for Uruguay
During the cycle, music will be heard by: WA Mozart, D. Scarlatti, R. Schumann, P. Tchaikovsky, E. Granados, H. Villa-Lobos, A. Ginastera, Efraín García, Saúl Cosentino, Facundo Fernández Luna, Eduardo Gilardoni, Yann Tiersen, Ludovico Einaudi, Olivia Belli, among others.
Date: September 5.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Lyrical singing in its most authentic expression, in a Lyrical Gala, under the direction of the teacher Ligia Amadio, with the voices of Eiko Senda, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Santiago Vidal and Alfonso Mujica and the participation of the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra.
The program will cover reference works of lyrical singing from the second half of the 19th century with particular emphasis on the Italian repertoire from bel canto to verismo including arias by Bellini, Verdi, Puccini.
Date: September 9.
Time: 8:00 p.m.