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Teatro Bicentenario in León opens 2014 opera season

By Elizabeth Navarro

As part of its 2014 program of artistic activities Teatro Bicentenario in León kicks off its annual opera season. This year, you will enjoy an opera season at the highest level, consisting of three new productions by Teatro Bicentenario.

La Traviata
May 18, 6pm; May 21, 8pm; May 24, 7pm
Teatro Bicentenario
Forum Cultural Guanajuato
Prol. Calzada de los Héroes 308,
Esq. Vasco de Quiroga
Col. La Martinica, León
Tickets: 150, 180, 350, 400, 650, 670, 700 pesos
Forum Cultural Guanajuato/Ticketmaster

Considered as the greatest work of Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata is the opera chosen to open the season with three performances, on May 18, 21 and 24.

With text by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the novel The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas (fils), La Traviata is the most performed opera in the world today.

In this production, the stage direction will be provided by Marco Antonio Silva and music under the baton of American Arthur Fagen. The cast of soloists will feature artists such as Georgian soprano Sophie Gordeladze in the title role of Violetta Valéry; the great Mexican tenor Jesus Leon, portraying Alfredo Germont; and the Mexican bass baritone Guillermo Ruiz, as Giorgio Germont. The musicians and cast are from the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro del Bicentenario and the performance includes more than 100 soloists, actors and dancers.

The next opera will be Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, on August 10, 13 and 16, considered one of the most important operas of all time for its dramatic intensity and beauty,  mixing intense moments of love, passion and power. An opera in three acts, with music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, the work is based on the drama La Tosca by Victorien Sardou. This work, along with Madame Butterfly and La Bohème, is one of the trio of Puccini’s most popular operas.

To close the season, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of the German composer and first great reformer of opera Christoph Willibald von Gluck, the Teatro Bicentenario joins the global celebrations for his birthday with performances on November 7, 9 and 12 of Orpheus and Eurydice, an opera in three acts. Considered the most important work of transitional and baroque repertoire, Orpheus and Eurydice marks a segue to the classical period and significantly influences the form of operatic composition. The staging of this opera will mark a milestone in the history of our country, for it is being presented on period instruments by musicians skilled in performing the music of this period.

Tickets for La Traviata are on sale now; for Tosca go on sale May 27; and for Orpheus and Eurydice on August 19. Tickets can be purchased both in the Guanajuato Cultural Forum box office and through Ticketmaster.

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