The Teatro Mayor of Bogotá rolls out a stellar program for 2023

Scene from the ballet Giselle/Teatro Mayor.

The Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo has deployed its 2023 program, with Spain, by extending its role as guest nation of honor. The sixth edition of the Bogotá International Classical Music Festival (April 5-8) with a focus on La Belle Époque is among the many highlights of a cultural program that brings together national and international artists of all genres.

The festival will feature works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Lili Boulanger, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré and Cécile Chaminade, among others.

The Orchester des Champs-Élysées, German singer Ute Lemper, Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno, Hungarian ballet company Győr, Colombian soprano Betty Garcés and cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia are among the guest artists.

Teatro Mayor’s 2023 regular program has also invited renowned orchestras and soloists, including American soprano Renée Fleming, the kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov and Australian circus company Circa Contemporary Circus. Renée Fleming will make her Teatro Mayor debut on June 14.

Spain is represented as a guest nation of honor by the National Dance Company, the National Dance Ballet, the María Pagés Company and the National Orchestra of Spain. Within the section entitled Basque Window is the contemporary dance company Kukai Dantza.

The German singer/actress Ute Lemper inaugurates La Belle Époque with the concert “Days of Paris and Nights of Berlin”. The multifaceted entertainer was nominated for a Grammy for her classic version of the Berlin cabaret and received an Olivier for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in the West End production of the musical Chicago. More recently, Lemper has devoted most of his concert tours to performing Meeting with Marlenetribute to the story of Marlene Dietrich in words and music.

The Orchester des Champs-Élysées under the direction of Gabriella Teychenné; Austrian harpist Elisabeth Plank; the French quartet Van Kuijk; pianists Alexandre Tharaud (France) and Daniel Heide (Germany); and the Györ Ballet of Hungary with a choreographic version of Ravel’s Boléro are among the international highlights of the Classical Music Festival. National talent includes Buenaventura-born soprano Betty Garcés; cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia; accordionist Lácides Romero, pianist Blanca Uribe, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellín, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia and the Nueva Filarmonía Orchestra.

For opera lovers, Puccini’s beloved Tosca (February 24 and 26) returns to the main stage in a co-production between the Teatro Mayor and La Compañía Estable. The three-act opera will be conducted by Pedro Salazar, under the musical direction of conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. A contemporary opera version of La vida es sueño – a masterpiece by Pedro Calderón de la Barca – will be directed by Alejandro Chacón, and will create a score by Juan Pablo Carreño. The French chamber orchestra La Chapelle Harmonique will perform this work on July 21 and 22.

Les Grands Concerts features the kyiv Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra on June 6 under the direction of Dmitry Yablonsky, and in the Great Soloists series, Israeli violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov, performs on November 18. Vengerov has been hailed among the greatest living string players on the international concert circuit.

Dynamo Théâtre du Canada will present its show À deux roues, ¡La Vie! (March 3 and 4) and Circa Contemporary Circus, Australia, will dazzle audiences with their gravity-defying Humans 2.0 (October 6 and 7).

With Spain the protagonist of another year of incredible culture, the National Dance Company will give two presentations of the ballet Giselle (January 26-29); and the National Ballet will perform La Bella Otero from May 4 to 7. These companies will be joined by the National Orchestra of Spain, with concerts on 8 and 9 September. Among the other guests from the Iberian Peninsula, María Pagés Compañía with a choreographic creation based on the literary classic Las mil y una noches (March 17 and 18); pianist Luis Fernando Pérez (June 27); and guitarist Rosalía Mowgli (August 27).

For innovative Colombian dance, L’Explose will present a new season of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and singer-songwriter Llanero El Cholo Valderrama is among many artists returning to the Teatro Mayor and its musically diverse roster of concerts. .

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