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Silly males going through highly effective and seductive girls. Francesca Caccini thus conceived the primary identified opera written by a girl. Great unknown, even though she was a key determine within the start of the lyrical style, composer and singer — she participated at simply 13 years outdated within the premiere of Euridiceby Peri, the oldest opera whose music has been preserved—Francesca Caccini (1587-1641) is the creator of The liberation of Ruggiero from the island of Alcina, a piece premiered in Italy in 1625, in the course of the Medici period and with the composer herself within the position of Alcina. The piece, by no means premiered in Spain, now involves the phases of the Teatros del Canal in Madrid below the stage course of the choreographer and dancer Blanca Li, who at 60 years outdated thus bids farewell to the inventive course of the middle, depending on the Community of Madrid, a place he had held because the finish of 2019, to imagine the course of the La Villette cultural complicated in Paris.

Co-produced by Teatros del Canal and Teatro Real, The liberation of Ruggiero from the island of Alcina It shall be carried out from this Tuesday till subsequent June 9, with the voices of Vivica Genaux (Melissa), Lidia Vinyes-Curtis (Alcina) and Alberto Robert (Ruggiero), amongst others. The musical course is supplied by Aarón Zapico and the musical group Forma Antiqva.

The enthusiasm amongst these answerable for the Canal and the Teatro Real is nice earlier than the historic premiere of this baroque opera, which arrives in Spain 400 years after its first efficiency and relies on the epic poem Furious Orlando, by Ludovico Ariosto. But not solely as a result of it represents the invention of an enlightened girl with a really strong schooling, however as a result of, they are saying, it’s a “colossal work”, with “a very feminist perspective”, within the phrases of Joan Matabosch, inventive director of the Real . For her half, Blanca Li is proud to undertake the work of a girl who is understood to have written and composed many works, however of whom solely this opera has survived.

The giant baroque units described within the work, with sea monsters, hippogriffs, boats and enormous whales, have been changed on this staging by a single black canvas and exquisite lighting, the work of Frenchman Pascal Laajili, given the “minimum means imposed for this production.” “We have made a miracle,” says Blanca Li, who has put collectively a “minimalist” staging, reinventing the stage house with mild and black material and giving nice prominence to bounce and dancing. “I have not done baroque dance. They are contemporary dancers who accompany history. Dance thus becomes another element in the narrative of the work,” provides the choreographer and dancer.

A moment in the rehearsals of the play 'La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina'.
A second within the rehearsals of the play 'La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina'.
© Pablo Lorente

The musical director, Aarón Zapico, emphasizes that the story the opera tells, even though it was written 400 years in the past, is extraordinarily present. “It is a work of superior musical quality. One of its most interesting features is that it is very daring from a musical point of view, with intervals, harmonies and rhythms that were very advanced for that time, and very modern in its message as well. The feminine power that it exudes is overwhelming, always putting the female sex above the male sex. Its protagonists are two women, Alcina and Melissa, and the male hero, Ruggiero, is portrayed both musically and on stage as a real fool,” says Zapico, who has had to musically complement the work, due to the lack of original annotations, something normal. at the time. “We have had to resort to the historicist movement to dive, read between the lines and reconstruct the music. It's not that we have had to complete the staff with notes, but we have made important decisions,” adds Zapico. To recreate the baroque artifice of the 17th and 18th centuries, the orchestra uses percussion instruments and other types of tools, especially to represent the choruses of monsters or divinities that appear in the work.

Francesca Caccini is just one example of the forgotten women creators throughout history. “We should not regret that it took so long to release this work, but rather commit ourselves to the future, both on the part of the artists, the programmers and the public, to rescue creations by women that have never come to light and fight against the premeditated concealment of female composers of that time,” explains Zapico, creator of the musical group Forma Antiqva.

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