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“El Caserío”, at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 21, 2011  |  Leave a comment

Imagen de la representaciónJanuary 21 and 23 saw the first two of six performances of El Caserío by Jesús Guridi, something we already announced in the this blog a few weeks ago. The venue is the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao (Pza. Arriaga,1), at 20:00 hrs. The other performances will be held on the 25 (reduced prices), 26, 28 and 29 of this month.

The Work

Jesús Guridi Vidaola premiered “El Caserío” – a comic opera in three acts that Tritó plans to publish soon – on 11 November 1926 at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. Born in Vitoria he was, however, a musician particularly linked to Bilbao. In this city, at a very young age, he participated in the activities of the famous “El cuartito”, lived, worked and married there, and composed and premiered works such as Mirentxu and Amaya.

Not surprisingly he was a musician who had a deep emotional rapport with the people of Bilbao. Few people have not been moved when listening to Uncle Shanti singing Sasibil or have not smiled on seeing Inosensia netting a boyfriend with the business of “So says mother, Txomin, I have to get my act together.” Because although the libretto was written by a Spaniard from Oviedo with his roots in La Mancha, Federico Romero, and a native of Madrid, Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, El Caserío is inherently linked to the sentiments of the people of Bilbao and the history of this theatre. For this reason, the Teatro Arriaga has decided to once again stage the operetta. The stage direction is by the young actor and director Paul Viar Bilbao, set design by Daniel Bianco, and costumes by Jesus Ruiz. The Rossini Choir and the Bilbao Philharmonia, directed by Miquel Ortega, and the extraordinary cast, promise a new triumph for this delightful work.

Show credits
Music: Jesús Guridi
Libretto: Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw
Music direction: Miquel Ortega
Stage direction: Pablo Viar
Set design: Daniel Bianco
Costume design: Jesús Ruiz
Performers: Ángel Ódena, Marta Ubieta, Mikeldi Atxalandabasolo, Itxaro Mentxaka, Alberto Núñez, Izaskun Kintana, Antonio Rupérez, Jon Ariño
Orchestra: Bilbao Philarmonia
Coro Rossini

This is a Teatro Arriaga production, coproduced by the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo

For further information and tickets visit the Teatro Arriaga website.

Premiere of the musical Amadeu

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 20, 2011  |  2 Comments

Amadeo Vives (1871-1932) was one of the great zarzuela composers. The creator of Doña Francisquita, “Maruxa”, Bohemios and operettas such as La Generala was born in Barcelona and triumphed and died in Madrid. Albert Boadella pays tribute to him in Amadeu, a show that will be premiered at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid next Friday 21 January, with stage direction by Albert Boadella, and running until 13 February.

With Antoni Comas playing the role of Amadeo Vives, this “biting” musical, as described by Boadella, is woven from fragments of “Doña Francisquita”, “Bohemios”, “La generala” and “Maruxa”, together with coplas and erotic songs written in the composer’s youth, which will be performed by Yolanda Marín, Auxiliadora Toledano, Lola Casariego, Joana Thome, Israel Lozano and Francisco Corujo, accompanied by the Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid under the baton of Miguel Roa and Manuel Coves.


A Barcelona newspaper commissions a young journalist, who is a fan of hard rock, to write an article about the great zarzuela composer Amadeo Vives. The young journalist’s exploration of the life of the famous Catalan musician, whom he didn’t even know existed, prompts him to imagine the life and work of Vives in reality. In a plot that move to and fro between dramatic and humoristic, excerpts from zarzuelas such as Doña Francisquita, Bohemios, Maruxa and La Generala are presented, as well as coplas and erotic songs written in the composer’s youth. As his imaginary relationship with Vives grows deeper, the young journalist who was previously so keen on hard rock reviews his ideas on art, life and politics.

For further information see the Teatros del Canal website

“El Caserío”, by Jesús Guridi, on the 50th anniversary of his death

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 3, 2011  |  2 Comments

Jesús Guridi ViadolaTo mark, in 2011, the 50th anniversary of the death of Jesus Guridi, a series of tributes have been organised beginning with the performances at the Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao of the zarzuela “El Caserío”, where Miguel Ortega will conduct the Coro Rossini and the Orquesta Bilbao Philarmonia on the 21, 23, 25, 28 and 29 January. You can consult the full concert programme.

The organist and composer Jesús Guridi Vidaola was born into a family of musicians in Vitoria in 1886. He began learning the organ in his hometown and at 18 he was accepted at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he studied organ with Decaux, composition with Sérieyx, and counterpoint and fugue with Vincent D’Indy. Later, he moved to Liege (Belgium) and Cologne (Germany). He was professor at the Conservatory of Bilbao and, in 1944, at the Conservatory of Madrid, where years later he became director.

His work, heavily inspired by Basque folklore, ranges from chamber music (string quartets), vocal and orchestral works, and pieces for organ and church music, to the genres of opera and operetta. Among his major works, particular mention should be made of Así cantan los niños (1909), Mirentxu (1910), Amaya (1920), La meiga (1929), Six Castilian Songs (1939), Ten Basque melodies (1940), Pyrenean Symphony (1945), and el Caserío (1926), a zarzuela that unfolds in a Basque setting and which was a huge success.

See the catalogue of works by Jesús Guridi available from Tritó >

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