Lyric Season 19/20
Original scores, new interpretations. For the 34th Season of Opera at the Teatre Principal, we are offering a contemporary re-imagining of some classic operas. An innovative rendition of Carmen, led by the lauded, and often controversial, Calixto Bieito, and a depiction of Lucia di Lammermoor in which Nicola Berloffa really leaves his mark. And aside from these, we will also be perform a contemporary version of Mozart's production The magic flute.
The new season of the opera is set to open in March 2020 with four performances of Georges Bizet's Carmen. In Calixto Bieito's safe hands, this work, a symbol of the Paris Opera, finds itself relocated to 1970s Spain, where the story of the tempestuous relationship between the soldier and the cigarette maker unfolds. Italian mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa takes on the role of Carmen, while Don José is portrayed by the Basque Andeka Gorrotxategi. The cast is rounded out by soloists Marta Bauzá, Pablo López, Jorge Tello, Tomeu Bibiloni and Marga Cloquell, all of whom are from the Balearic Islands.
At the end of April, Lucia di Lammermoor will take centre stage, and we will be hosting four performances of one of Gaetano Donizetti’s best works. Nicola Berloffa will take charge of directing this incredibly difficult masterpiece. In this romantic drama, Berloffa creates an incredibly dramatic atmosphere, full of the poverty and decay that made up society during the aftermath of World War Two through carefully considered set decorations, costumes and acting work. Soprano María José Moreno,
from Granada, will play the part of Lucía, along with Damián del Castillo as Lord Enrico Ashton and Hoyoon Chung as Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood. This opera will be co-produced in collaboration with Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Ópera de Tenerife and Oviedo Opera Foundation.
The 34th Season of Opera will be brought to a close with three performances of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s The magic flute in June 2020. This fairytale, containing various philosophical references, will keep the Teatre Principal's audience on the edge of its seat from start to finish.
The sung dialogue will be backed up by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra and the Choirs of the Teatre Principal. Contributions such as these ensure that Palma’s historic venue continues to be enriched by opera year after year.