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¡Ópera Afuera!

Directed and co-curated by David Radamés Toro

Conducted and co-curated by Miguel Harth -Bedoya

Media Design by Grant Bowen

Produced by Minnesota Opera

Performed on September 22, 2021 

at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, MN

¡Ópera Afuera! celebrates the music of the Spanish speaking world through song, opera, and instrumental music.

 

The program is arranged into three parts –

Part One: Zarzuela, Art and Folk Song

Featuring excerpts from Spanish Zarzuelas, mariachi music from Mexico, and a vals criollo from Peru, Part One reacquaints audiences with popular classic songs while introducing forgotten gems such as “Solereas” from La Verbena de la Paloma.

“Intermezzo” from La boda de Luis Alonso 

 Minnesota Opera Orchestra                  Music by Gerónimo Giménez

“No puede ser” from La tabernera del puerto 

 Andres Acosta (Tenor)                               Music by Pablo Sorozábal

                                                           Libretto by Federico Romero

                                                         & Guillermo Fernández-Shaw

“La Flor de la Canela”....Music and lyrics by Isabela (Chabuca) Granda
 Vanessa Becerra (Soprano)                 Orchestration by Teófilo Álvarez

“La Cigarra”......................Music and lyrics by Raymundo Pérez y Soto

 Vanessa Alonzo (Mezzo)

 with Mariachi Mi Tierra

“Soleares” from La verbena de la Paloma ......... Music by Tomás Bretón

 Vanessa Alonzo (Mezzo)                      Libretto by Ricardo de la Vega

 Zoie Reams (Mezzo)

 Levi Hernandez (Baritone)

 Aaron Keeney (Baritone)

 Symone Harcum (Soprano)

 Leah Brzyski (Soprano)

 Vanessa Becerra (Soprano)

 Joseph Leppek (Tenor)

 Andres Acosta (Tenor)

Part Two: European Opera in the Americas


This section includes arias and small ensembles from the 19th European catalogue that have historical significance in Latin America’s opera tradition. Selections such as the Prologue from Pagliacci and the Quartet from Rigoletto are linked to the debut of famous opera singers, such as Maria Callas and Enrico Caruso, as well as the openings of prominent opera houses in South and Central America. Carmen’s “Habanera” demonstrates the influence of Afro-Cuban dance forms on European composers.

“Si può?” from Pagliacci ......Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo

 Levi Hernandez

“Quando men vo” from La bohème.............Music by Giacomo Puccini

 Vanessa Becerra                Libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa

 Aaron Keeney 

 Levi Hernandez 

 Symone Harcum

“Un dì, se ben rammentomi” from Rigoletto .... Music by Giuseppe Verdi

 Andres Acosta                               Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

 Zoie Reams

 Vanessa Becerra

 Levi Hernandez

“Cachita” .............................................Music by Rafael Hernández

 Minnesota Opera Orchestra

“Habanera” from Carmen .............................Music by Georges Bizet

 Zoie Reams                      Libretto by Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy

 Joseph Leppek

 Aaron Keeney

 Leah Brzyski

 Symone Harcum

“Granada”.......................................Music and lyrics by Agustín Lara

 Andres Acosta

“La Malagueña”...........................Music and lyrics by Manuel del Rio

 Vanessa Alonzo with Mariachi Mi Tierra

“Intermezzo” from Goyescas.....................Music by Enrique Granados

 Minnesota Opera Orchestra

Part Three: Opera Latine in the 21st Century

 

Part Three provides a sampling of Latine culture’s contribution to the repertory and its place in the future of operatic and dramatic narrative. Focusing on operas from the late 20th and 21st centuries, these scenes highlight creative traditions specific to Latine cultures. Cruzar la Cara de la Luna uses mariachi as narrative, Manuel y Bolivar inclusion of Ecuadorian air and Venezuelan merengue, and Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas incorporates the Latin American literary tradition of magical realism.​

“Un Cuento Empezado Hace Tiempo”....Music by José “Pepe” Martínez

from El Pasado Nunca se Termina                   Lyrics by Leonard Foglia

 Levi Hernandez                Arranged for full orchestra by David Hanlon

 

“Yo no lo sé” from Manuela ...... Music and libretto by Diego Luzariaga

 Zoie Reams

“Duet” from Florencia en el Amazonas .............Music by Daniel Catán

 Vanessa Becerra                            Libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain

 Andres Acosta

“Di mi nombre” from Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

 Vanessa Alonzo                                 Music by José “Pepe” Martínez

                                                                Lyrics by Leonard Foglia

                                      Arranged for full orchestra by David Hanlon

“Fuga y Misterio” from María de Buenos Aires

 Minnesota Opera Orchestra                         Music by Astor Piazzola

 

“Santa Rosa de Lima” from Bel  Canto......Music by Jimmy López Bellido

  Zoie Reams                                                     Lyrics by Nilo Cruz

“Finale” from El Pasado Nunca Se Termina

 Levi Hernandez                                 Music by José “Pepe” Martínez

 Andres Acosta                                            Lyrics by Leonard Foglia

 Aaron Keeney                  Arranged for full orchestra by David Hanlon

 Joseph Leppek

 Vanessa Alonzo

 Zoie Reams

 Vanessa Becerra

 Leah Brzyski

 Symone Harcum

 Mariachi Mi Tierra