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New operas, old problems, by Javier Pérez Senz

Posted by Javier Pérez Senz on June 15, 2011  |  1 Comment

Appearances are deceptive. After the world premiere of Jo, Dalí, an opera by the octogenarian and fortunately still busy Catalan composer Xavier Benguerel (Barcelona, 1931), with a libretto by Jaime Salom, held on 8 June at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, with stage production by Xavier Albertí and music direction by Miquel Ortega, now it is the turn of the Spanish premiere, on 25 June, of LByron, Un estiu sense estiu (A year without a summer), at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, an opera by another, much younger Catalan composer, Agustí Charles (Manresa, 1960), with a libretto by Marc Rosich. The world premiere took place last March in Darmstadt at the Staatstheather, co-producer of the production that will be staged at the temple of opera in the Ramblas, with the stage and musical direction by Alfonso Romero Mora and Martin Lukas Meister, respectively.

At first glance, two premieres in succession suggest that contemporary Catalan opera composition is in a particularly sweet moment. But this is not the case.

Benguerel’s work has been premiered ten years after the date of its composition, so the closeness to the premiere of Charles’s work is purely coincidental. In fact, the list of composers who are waiting to premiere works in Spanish opera houses is growing steadily longer because, unless things change, premieres will continue to take place in dribs and drabs.

The list of composers who are waiting to premiere works in Spanish opera houses is growing steadily longer because, unless things change, premieres will continue to take place in dribs and drabs.

No matter how much they say that opera is in fashion, what is actually in fashion are the same old titles, the so-called great repertoire, as if the masterpieces of the twentieth century – in a fascinating range of styles that includes, citing only the most representative, Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten, Leo Janacek, Dmitri Shostakovich, Bela Bartok, Sergei Prokofiev, Olivier Messiaen and Ligeti Györg – did not also constitute a large repertoire.

Like it or not, opera is still alive. With 500 years of tradition, and hundreds of authors around the world still producing operas. Composers such as Hans Werner Henze, Helmuth Lacheman, Tan Dun, Philippe Boesmans, George Benjamin, Olga Neuwirth, Harrison Birtwistle, and a long list of others that can include, without any reservations, Spanish musicians such as Cristóbal Halffter, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Enric Palomar and Hèctor Parra.

I only know of two ways of finishing with contemporary opera. One is, of course, by not programming it, a politically incorrect option, but cherished by this plague of political managers who only talk about culture with a calculator in the hand. And they’re not bothered: as today’s opera is not in favour with the public, it is unlikely that there will a demonstration demanding more premieres.

The other way to settle the matter, much more perverse, is to do the bare minimum: badly produce new works in unsuitable venues,. The argument is always the same: a lack of resources, poor attendances, they don’t sell a thing and the halls are almost empty. So, in the end they hire mediocre, run-of-the-mill orchestras, voices and conductors. Bad news, because there’s nothing that does more damage to a new score that a bad premiere: it kills dead any possibility of further shows.

To alleviate these shortcomings, small and medium-scale productions were invented, an initiative that can only give good results when the emphasis is really placed on quality performances. New opera must be presented on the same level as the old titles in the repertoire. If not, we’d better wait in silence for better times to come.

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Yo, Dalí

Posted by Cristina Martí on May 30, 2011  |  2 Comments

On Wednesday 8 June at 8:00 pm, the world premiere of the opera “Yo, Dalí” will take place, to be followed by two further performances on 10 and 11 June at the same time. The work was composed by Xavier Benguerel with a libretto by Jaime Salom and commissioned by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to commemorate, in 2004, the centenary of the birth of the Catalan painter Salvador Dalí. The score is published by Tritó Edicions.

The day before the premiere, on 7 June at 7:30 pm, the authors will speak at a conference moderated by Juan Ángel Vela del Campo.

The lead roles in “Yo, Dalí” will be played by Joan Martín-Royo, as Dalí, and Marisa Martins, as Gala. The rest of the cast is made up by Antoni Comas, Carlos Cremades, Vicenç Esteve Madrid, José Antonio García,  Xavier Mendoza, Hasmik Nahapetyan, Alex Sanmartí, Claudia Schneider and Mariano Viñuales, among others, accompanied by the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and the Choir of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, under the baton of Antonio Fauró.
Miquel Ortega is responsible for the music direction and Xavier Abertí, the stage direction, in this co-production by Operadehoy, the Teatro de La Zarzuela and the Gran Teatro del Liceo.

For further information and tickets: Teatro de la Zarzuela

Collection Música Breu

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 18, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Interludi Manuel Garcia Morante

Tritó Edicions is pleased to present the new collection of chamber music scores. Titled Música Breu, it consists of a series of short Spanish pieces for chamber orchestra.  In December the following titles were published, which you can obtain in the shop:

Preludio a Melisendra, by Agustí Charles
Interludi, by Manuel García Morante
Interludi de Castertelçol, by Josep María Mestres Quadreny
Interludi amb música antiga, by Xavier Benguerel
Intermezzo, by Miquel Ortega
Octet, by Benet Casablancas
Interludi, by David Padrós

Catalogues by composer now available

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 3, 2011  |  1 Comment

The free catalogues by composer are now available. In them you can locate all the works – scores, books and CDs – which have been published by Tritó and which are available in our shop.

You can download the following catalogues:

Benguerel, Martínez Izquierdo and Rueda, at the CDMC

Posted by Leticia Martin on March 18, 2009  |  Leave a comment

On Monday 23 March, the Orquesta de Cadaqués ensemble, under the baton of Alejandro Posada, interpreted a programme that included three fundamental works by the composers Xavier Benguerel (Hexagrama), Ernest Martínez Izquierdo (Norte-Sur) and Jesús Rueda (Chamber concerto no 2).

These three works, written in very different languages, present part of the current Spanish music scene.

The concert was completed by one of Arnold Schonberg’s masterworks, Ode to Napoleon, with a solo contribution by the baritone and actor David Moss.

Further information at:

La Fontaine Fables at the Porta Ferrada Festival

Posted by Redacción on August 1, 2008  |  Leave a comment

Contemporary music, audiovisual art and universal stories come together at the Festival de la Porta Ferrada in Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Gerona) as the Cadaqués Orchestra Ensemble presents Cinco Fábulas de La Fontaine.

To complement the live music, by the composer Xavier Benguerel, and narration, by the actor Lluís Soler, Tritó commissioned an animated film by Pere Puig to be shown simultaneously in order to bring the fables, their characters and metaphors to life for spectators of all ages.

7 tales of LaFontaine

Posted by Redacción on July 15, 2008  |  6 Comments

Finally available in Youtube 2 of the “7 tales of LaFontaine” that Tritó Productions has done with music by Xavier Benguerel and animations by Pere Puig. Check our channel to see more.

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