Lyric and Lorca

March 4th, 2010 - 8:13 pm Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

The annual Dia de les Illes Balears, March 1st, is a public holiday to celebrate the 1983 Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands, and every year the ajuntament puts on various events to celebrate it. This year’s events included a charming evening of music and dance at Santa Eularia’s Palau de Congresos, which included a piano recital with local pianist Elvira Ramon and the Spanish tenor Aurelio Gabaldón. This was followed by a recital and dance interpretation based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s verse.

The 403 seat auditorium, run by director Simona Bianchi which is used for concerts, theatre, opera and film screenings is very well-equipped. According to their admin department the entire acoustic control system is located on the roof, where the technical control of the facilities is linked to precise calculation of the acoustics of the halls.

The piano recital was a lovely warm-up to the evening, and tenor Gabaldón performed an eclectic and ambitious selection of songs from Tosti, Mozart, Obradors, Alonso, Serrano, Ramírez, Sorozábal, Gounod, Buononcini and Bellini. My favourite being Gounod’s Ah! Lève-toi soleil from the balcony scene in his Romeo and Juliette.

The main spectacle though was the Lorca event which followed. Dancer Rocío Osuna skilfully interpreted a mixture of cancions, accompanied by soprano Lucia Herranz, channeling the attitudes of Lorca’s sometime collaborator La Argentinita, and as well as through curved lines and rigour all of her own. The highlight of the event was undoubtedly her perfectly tuned exposition of Romance Sonambulo.

The producers also used a projection of images from the poet’s life in between pieces, and the skilled narrator took us through Lorca’s early days, travels to America, his life and work in bohemian circles in Spain and his association with Dali and Bunuel.

Helen Donlon

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