December 7, 2013
A week full of music
VERDI’S REQUIEM. The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional’s next concert will be held on Friday at 8pm at the Auditorio de Belgrano, its usual venue.
Once again joining forces with the Coro Polifónico Nacional, they will perform their version of Verdi’s Requiem, under the baton of Maestro Pedro Ignacio Calderón.
Although this work, composed in memory of poet Alessandro Manzoni, is a reworking of the liturgical text of the Mass for the Dead, which is usually played in concert halls.
Music-wise, this Requiem is like an opera, full of visual effects and written for powerful voices. For his Requiem, Verdi recycled musical fragments from previous operas (the Lacrimosa, for example, is reworked from a duet from Don Carlos’ Act 4).
This is why the work was heavily criticized after its Milan première in 1874.
The four vocal soloists in this Requiem are Soledad de la Rosa (soprano), Cecilia Díaz (mezzo), Darío Volonté (tenor) and Lucas Devebec Mayer (bass).
Tickets are free and must be picked up at the concert’s venue from 5pm on the day’s concert.
CHOPINIANA. The third concert of the Chopiniana International Festival 2013 will be held on Tuesday. Poland’s Raphael Lutschevsky will play three Lieder by Schubert, arranged for solo piano by Franz Liszt: Ave Maria, The trout and Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel, Funérailles (one of the pieces from the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses collection), and a selection of Chopin’s works: the Three Waltzes Opus 34, and the Sonata No. 3 Opus 8.
All performances at 7.30pm at Palacio Paz, Av. Santa Fe 750.
LA BOHÈME. Juventus Lyrica’s next production is La Bohème, perhaps the most often performed in the world. Conducted by Antonio Russo and with régie by Ana D’Anna, this version of La Bohème will première on Friday, with repeat performances on September 8, 12, 14 and 15.
Giacomo Puccini composed La bohème in 1896, based on his own memories of youth, his years as a student in Milan. The action, however, takes place in Paris’ Quartier Latin — La Bohème borrowed largely from Henri Murger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème.
La Bohème became hugely popular and succesful. Shortly after the Italian premiere, it received its first performance Italy here in Argentina, at the Teatro Colón. The following year it was also performed in Portugal, Russia, the US, England (sung in English), and in 1898 it was staged in Paris (in French) and Prague.
If you plan to attend one of the five performances of this Bohème and want a crash course to unravel its intricacies, there will be a lecture by Pola Suarez Urtubey on Monday at 6.30pm at the Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales, Uruguay 1037, 1st. floor). Free admission.
All performances will be held at the Teatro Avenida, Av. De Mayo 1222.
Tickets ($50 and up) are on sale at the theatre and are also available from Plateanet.
For further information phone 5236-3000. To learn more about this Bohème and Juventus’ activities, visit www.juventuslyrica.org.ar