• Date: 20 May, 8 p.m.
    21 May, 7 p.m.
  • Hall: Other Venues

Black Humour as an Antidote to Egocentricity

What stops us from being happy? In an individualistic and egotistical society, our life, or that of a cultural events organiser, is a profession of banalities and obstacles, where an unexpected accident leads to a blackout; and from there, to the pschiatrist’s consulting room.

A comedy of black humour, Je suis narcissiste, premiered in 2019, looks to the tradition of “opera buffa”, to tell us a very contemporary story of loneliness, egocentricities and superficial relationships in which many of the spectators will, more or less, recognise themselves.

Humour and passion to invoke our exacerbated individualism, Je suis narcissiste is also impressive because it brings together the talent of three women: composer Raquel García-Tomás, author of the libreto Helena Tornero and Stage producer Marta Pazos. Furthemore, they have dared to tear down the wall of masculinity which has always surrounded opera, a genre dominated by men; with a hilariously entertaining and intelligent farse.

In collaboration with the Teatro Lope de Vega, the Maestranza presents the work –postponed during the pandemic- which catapulted Raquel García-Tomás to fame and the National Prize for Music (Premio Nacional de Música) awarded to her in 2020 for “her capacity to connect with the larger audience” in this “innovative work”.


Libretto by Helena Tornero. Premiere at the Teatro Español of Madrid 6 March 2019.



  • Musical director: Vinicius Kattah
  • Stage Director: Marta Pazos
  • Set design: Fernando Ribeiro
  • Costume design: Pier Paolo Álvaro
  • Lighting design: Nuno Meira
  • Sound: Sixto Cámara
  • Movement: Amaya Galeote

Production, Ópera de Butxaca i Nova Creació. Co-producción with Teatro Real, Teatro Español and Teatre Lliure.

Support, Departamento de Cultura (Generalitat de Catalunya), Ayuntamiento de Barcelona and Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas (INAEM) Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte.


Tickets for this opera can be purchased, according to their conditions of sale and forms of payment, on the website www.teatrolopedevega.org or at the Lope de Vega box office.

  • Clotilde: Elena Copons
  • Giovanni: Toni Marsol
  • Women: María Hinojosa
  • Men: Joan Ribalta