On 20th September the Teatro Real di Madrid inaugurates the 2021/2022 season with La Cenerentola by Rossini, stage direction by Stefan Herheim and musical director Riccardo Frizza. La Cenerentola will be on stage from 23rd September to 9th October for a total of 14 performances, plus the preview on 20th September by invitation only.
“Spain is the country where is live and which has given great meaning to my life as a musician – declared Riccardo Frizza -. And this year, it is from Spain that I have received an award which fills me with pride: the Ópera XXI Award, bestowed by the Spanish association of theatres and opera festivals for the “Lucia di Lammermoor” that I conducted in 2019 at ABAO Bilbao Opera, which I received on 11th September at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. Until now, the vagaries of artistic scheduling have brought me just once to conduct at the Teatro Real in Madrid. It was in 2007 and I had the unique opportunity to conduct both the Venice and the Ferrara versions of Tancredi. It was a thrilling experience, from a theatrical point of view because the stage direction by Kokkos was particularly apt, from a musical point of view because of the great rapport between the creative team and the two casts, and from a philological point of view thanks to the assistance received from the Fondazione Rossini in Pesaro with its precious score. It was a great opportunity to sound out this opera composed by Rossini when he was little more than twenty, incredibly rounded considering the composer’s age, and an important link in the chain of immortal masterpieces.
Fourteen years later, I’m back at the Teatro Real, again with Rossini, to inaugurate the 2021/2022 season with La Cenerentola. Again I have a spectacular Chorus and Orchestra, two well-assorted vocal casts and such a lot of enthusiasm. Since last time, the world has changed, the pandemic has massacred people and certainties. But music and opera have withstood it all, above all in Spain and particularly at the Teatro Real, helping us not to lose our way. They express eternal truths and perhaps we have all become a little more mature in our understanding of them”.
(Ph Javier del Real)