Teatro Real’s Spanish Orchestra makes its US debut at Carnegie Hall

(Courtesy of Teatro Real)

Winner of the “Best Opera Company” at the 2021 International Opera Awards, the Real Theater (The Royal Opera House of Madrid) will make its US debut in “A Celebration of Spanish Music” concert at Carnegie Hall.

On September 15, 2022, their all-Spanish concert program will feature internationally acclaimed Spanish artists, including a guest conductor Juanjo Menawho will conduct the concert, pianist Javier Perianesand soprano Sabina Puertolas.

Celebrating Spanish music, the event will feature music for piano and orchestra from Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albenizas well as a selection of pieces from zarzuela (a type of Spanish opera) by Falla, Amadeo Vives, Pablo Sorozabal, Geronimo Gimenezand Manuel Nietoas well as orchestral works by Federico ChuecaFalla and Albéniz.

Juanjo Mena began his career as a conductor in his native Spain as artistic director of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in 1999. In 2011, he was appointed BBC Philharmonicconductor of, and is currently principal conductor of, Cincinnati May Festival. His additional concert engagements include the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchester National de France, Orchester Filarmonica della Scala and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pianist Javier Perianes has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Simone Young, François-Xavier Roth, Daniel Harding, and has performed at festivals including the BBC Proms, Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron and Ravinia. He received the 2012 “National Music Award” from the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Artist of the Year 2019 from the International Classical Music Awardsas well as the Granada Festival 2021 Medal of Honor.

Renowned soprano Sabina Puértolas has performed at the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Real in Madrid, Liceo in Barcelona, ​​Teatro Municipal, Seattle Opera and China National Center for the Performing Arts. She is also a laureate of the Operalia international singing competition and of the Riccardo Zandonai, Julián Gayarre, Francisca Quart and Manuel Ausensi competitions.

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An introductory video to the event can be viewed below.

The historic debut of the Teatro Real Orchestra in the United States also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the sister city agreement between Madrid and New York in 1982 — created to promote cultural and commercial ties.

In its upcoming 2022/23 season, Teatro Real will present Spanish premieres of operas by contemporary American composers, including Philip GlassOrpheusat the start of the season, and John AdamsNixon in China. The concerts will also welcome American artists, who are among Teatro Real’s ambassadors abroad.

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