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Season of contrasts, the challenge for 2018 of Municipal de Santiago

For 2018 the main operatic center, the Municipal de Santiago, National Opera of Chile, presents its 2018 season, with a broad and excellent programme.


The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, is the first to be presented on March 8th and is followed by first-rate artists: Maxim Vengerov, acclaimed for his masterful style and prodigious mastery of the violin and which will also exhibit his talent as musical director in the Concert 2 of the season; Paul Taylor Dance Company, described by The New York Times as one of the most interesting, innovative and charming dance companies in the world; Pepe Romero, world-renowned artist who enhances the repertoire of the classical guitar, and Yuja Wang, considered one of the best pianists emerged in the last decade and probably in the history of the instrument.

The Opera Season opens with the second title of the Mozart / Da Ponte trilogy, Don Giovanni, with the Pierre Constant régie and the historically informed version of the maestro Attilio Cremonesi, who also becomes the Principal Guest Conductor of the SFO. It is followed by the world premiere of “El Cristo del Elqui”, with music by Miguel Farías and libretto by Alberto Mayol on the work of Hernán Rivera Letelier and intended as an attempt to represent the voice of the desert and the voice of the northern pampas. The third title of the season is “Tosca”, by Puccini, which in this opportunity returns with the proposal of the acclaimed Willy Decker and musical direction of Konstantin Chudovsky. Another premiere in Chile is “Lulú”, by Berg, under the baton of maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo, Director Emeritus of the SFO and with the reggio of the brilliant Mariame Clément. Fabio Sparvoli’s proposal for Rossini’s “El Barbero de Sevilla” returns to our stage, with the musical direction of the Rossini expert José Miguel Pérez Sierra. The lyrical cycle ends with the gem of the romantic bel canto “Norma”, by Bellini, in a production by Francesca Zambello, General and Artistic Director of the Glimmerglass Festival and Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera, with musical direction by Chudovsky.

The Santiago Ballet begins the season with “Don Quijote”, Jaime Pinto and music by Ludwig Minkus. He is followed by “Romeo y Julieta”, by John Cranko, with music by Sergei Prokofiev and then Tres Mundos, 5th Festival of Choreographers, which brings together the genius of two choreography greats, George Balanchine and Angelin Prejolcaj and a creation for the Ballet of Santiago of Hyo Hyung Kang. The season continues with “La Cenicienta”, in the new version of the Artistic Director of the Ballet of Santiago, Marcia Haydée and with music by Sergei Prokofiev. The Taming of the Shrew, with the choreography of John Cranko, was created especially for Marcia Haydée. Inspired by Shakeaspeare and with Heinz-Stoize music, it promises to enchant dance lovers. With Christmas comes “Nutcracker”, the ballet of Tchaikovsky that thrills the public from all over the world, in the Jaime Pinto version.

The tenth scheduled concerts of the season will allow the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago to show its great talent and level of excellence. Under the leadership of its President Konstantin Chudovsky; from its Resident Director Pedro-Pablo Prudencio; of its Director Emeritus Juan Pablo Izquierdo; from its Principal Guest Conductor Attilio Cremonesi and guest artists Alfredo Perl and Maxim Vengerov, and Maximiliano Valdés with Resurrección de Penderecki, among other masters, the Orchestra will take a tour of the works of Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninov, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, among others.

In the Season of Great Pianists the public will have the opportunity to enjoy the virtuosity of Alfredo Perl and Jean-Philippe Collard, the generous and committed Mahani Teave, the iconoclastic and renowned modern repertoire interpreter, Wilhem Latchoumia, the award-winning and young Vadym Kholodenko, and the acclaimed Homer Francesch and Boris Giltburg.

Bringing children to the performing arts through more playful pieces, tailored to their needs, is the priority of the Pequeño Municipal programme, which will have seven school and family productions. The carnival of the animals, Dream of a summer night and Cinderella, are some of these expected titles.

In addition to resuming the Midday Concerts, on weekdays at 1:30 p.m., Musical Sundays and the Classical Guitar Cycle, the Municipal de Santiago presents Baroque Harmonies, chamber music concerts by the Helios Quartet, with a wide selection of works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as Latin American baroque pieces belonging to the cultural heritage of our continent.

On the other hand, within the framework of the bicentennial of Chilean Independence, the Municipal de Santiago, National Opera of Chile and the Equestrian Squadron Palmas de Peñaflor, have wanted to join the celebrations with an outdoor show and for the whole family. The beautiful Chilean horses of Palmas de Peñaflor, together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago and the Municipal Choir of Santiago, in a unique presentation in our history that will allow us to appreciate the perfect combination of music, song, horsemanship and dance.

Municipal de Santiago Season 2018