Sung in Spanish with English translated projections.
based on the novel by Antonio Skármeta, and the film by Michael Radford
East Coast Premiere
Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 8pm
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 8pm
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 2pm
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Chilean poet Pablo Neruda has been exiled from his homeland for his communist beliefs. He now lives with his wife Matilde on the island of Cala di Sotto, off the southern coast of Italy. Mario Ruoppolo starts a job as a postman on the island and, after arriving at Neruda’s home for a delivery, tells Neruda he would like to be a poet as well so women can fall in love with him. Neruda tells Mario to look for metaphors in the world around him... Read more
The music of Daniel Catán (April 3, 1949 – April 8, 2011) is among the most significant and best-loved of any composer in the 20th century. Known principally as a composer of operas, Catán’s ouevre spans works for orchestra, chamber music, and art song, as well as music for film and television, music theater, and even traditional Latin pop. His opera, Rappaccini’s Daughter, was among the first Spanish language operas ever produced by a notable opera company in the United States (by San Diego Opera in 1994), and he is primarily responsible for the adoption and popularization of the Spanish language in contemporary opera and art song. A keenly interesting departure from this lifelong mission, his last opera—the unfinished Meet John Doe—would be his first major opera with a libretto written entirely in English.
Catán experienced an extraordinarily cosmopolitan upbringing and superior education on multiple continents. Born in Mexico City of Russian Sephardic Jewish heritage, his mother felt it was important for him to receive proper instruction in reading and playing music, and, so, piano lessons began. His father, who loved to sing boleros and Cuban son, instilled in the boy a love of the human voice...
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HUGO VERA - Pablo Neruda (Tenor)
A native Texan, the young tenor Hugo Vera is described as possessing a “truly heroic voice” that is both “beautiful and brilliant.” Increasingly in demand and a recent addition to The Metropolitan Opera artist roster, Mr. Vera has performed 33 roles and choral orchestral works 20 with distinguished companies in the US as part of his musical and artistic development of ... Read more on Hugo's website
JORGE GARZA - Mario Ruoppolo (Tenor)
Tenor, Jorge Javier Garza-Villegas was born in Monterrey, Mexico. He began his musical studies at 8 years of age upon entering the Houston Boys Choir. At age 12 he sang Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate in Saint Paul's Cathedral in London. A natural gift for modern and atonal music was apparent when he sang the Houston Premiere of George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children. His first operatic role soon followed as Amahl in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors... Read more on Jorge's website