Florencia en el Amazonas
Florencia Grimaldi, a South American woman who has succeeded all over the world as a soprano, undertakes the journey that will lead her back to her roots. It is a story of return to the origins, the moment when we look back and confront what we are with what we once dreamed of being. Daniel Catán‘s composition from 1996 is the first Spanish-language opera commissioned by the opera houses of the United States. Libretto is inspired by the magic realism of Gabriel García Márquez‘s work. Despite an incredible success of this opera in the US this will be only its second production in Europe.
‘Don Giovanni’ without Don Giovanni. There is no charming libertine named Giovanni in our concept and no Planet B. There is only the Don Giovanni Syndrome that consumes and annihilates the humanity in face of the rapidly approaching Armageddon. Mozart’s classic as a surreal and tragicomical thriller of modern human condition. This concept will be staged in the finals of the RING AWARD – the foremost international competition for stage direction and stage design in musical theatre. Together with my artistic team, we are among the top 3 teams selected out of 126 concept proposals.
The RING AWARD 20 FINAL will take place on 26 and 27 June 2021 at Schauspielhaus Graz (Austria). More info here.
Mysteries of Desire
A queer and quirky opera thriller conceived for the Danish Royal Opera House in a unique collaboration with the World Pride Festival. I created my very first opera pasticcio by bringing together some highlights of opera and queer repertoire around the themes of death and desire – Wagner next to Freddie Mercury, Mozart next to Cher. All to be performed by an ensemble of artists representing diverse perspectives – trans, non-binary, queer, drag, hetero.
Premiere: 18 August 2021, Royal Opera House in Copenhagen (Denmark). More info coming up soon.
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
The classical myth of Odysseus retold in the context of the current refugee crisis and the present-day fear of the otherness. This staging of Monteverdi’s opera is developed with participation of the local migrant communities of Basel. There are several resemblances between the mythological hero and the stories of people with experience of war and displacement nowadays. However, the directions of their journeys differ from each other: while Odysseus arrives back home after twenty years of travelling, refugees are confronted with the difficult task of settling in a new homeland and establish a new identities. Can their country of arrival become truly their new Ithaca? The part of Odysseus is performed on stage by a group of local men of all ages with a migrant background. Monteverdi’s music – performed by the instrumental ensemble I Musici de la Cetra – meets new electroacoustic composition in this production.
Premiere: November 2021, Theater Basel (Switzerland). More info coming up soon.
Verdi’s classic in a new orchestration and as an intimate staging focusing on the family drama.
Premiere: 6 January 2022, Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). More info coming up soon.
Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno
Haendel’s oratorium as a visual meditation on the meaning of female body in the religious regime.
Premiere: 16 January 2022, Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). More info coming up soon.