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Opera for All Is an Educational, Interactive, and Fun Concert

Gabriela Perales Betancourt1

By M. D. Negrin Townsend

In the beginning was the voice; voice is sounding breath, the audible sign of life. Homo sapiens sang out their feelings long before they were able to speak their thoughts. But of course we must not imagine that “singing” means exactly the same thing here as in a modern concert hall. When we say that speech originated in song, what we mean is merely that our comparatively monotonous spoken language and our highly developed vocal music are differentiations of primitive utterances, which had more in them of the latter than of the former. These utterances were, at first, like the singing of birds and the roaring of many animals and the crooning of babies: explanative, not communicative—that is, they came forth from an inner craving of the individual without any thought of any fellow creatures. Our remote ancestors had not the slightest notion that such a thing as communicating ideas and feelings to someone else was possible.

Ópera para todos
Fri, Jul 24, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
200, 100, 80, and 50 pesos

It is likely the earliest singing was individualistic and improvisatory, a simple imitation of the sounds heard in nature. At what point the singing of meaningful, communicative sounds began cannot be established, but it was doubtless an important step in the creation of language. Many anthropologists believe the development of a lowered larynx (important to articulate speech, as it effectively makes the flexible lower tongue the front wall of the pharynx) was a relatively recent aspect of human evolution.

In 1600 the opera arises when the song had become an art, a worthy discipline developed with virtuosity involving literature, music, and the performing arts.

The Soprano Gabriela Perales Betancourt presents this season a concert of bel canto. We will travel time together and acquaint ourselves with the theater and the magic of opera in a unique way, all while discovering the sound of that sweet and warm timbre of a light soprano that characterizes it.

It will be a concert outside the norm where seriousness and solemnity will not be invited.  It will be a celebration of feelings and emotions sung to the beat of the music, while listening to these classic fictional love stories, some drama and pain, some adventure, and more.

This is definitely a concert for children and adults or for those who enjoy the beauty of art, theater, and music, so do not miss it. The concert is this coming Friday, July 24, in Teatro Ángela Peralta. Tickets cost 50/80/100/200 pesos from the box office.


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