May, 8 p.m.
21 May, 7 p.m.
- Duration: 80 min
- 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.
PREMIERE AT THE TEATRO LOPE DE VEGA
- 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 en coproducción con el Teatro Real, el Teatro Español y el Teatre Lliure. Con la ayuda del Departamento de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, INAEM del Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte e Institut Ramon Llull
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
About Vinicius Kattah
Born in Brazil, he began conducting at an early age and was awarded prizes at international competitions. Has worked with many orchestras which have taken him to the United States, Brazil, and various European countries, the Middle East, Australia, China and Japan.
About Marta Pazos
With a degree in Fine arts specializing in painting, she also has pursued a career as a scenographer. In 2007, she founded the company Voadora with actor Hugo Torres and producer José Díaz, where the emphasis is on scenic creation and contemporary dramaturgy.
The press says
¿Quién dijo que la ópera era aburrida?
El Teatro Lope de Vega acogió la representación de ‘Je suis narcissiste’, la divertida ópera bufa estrenada en 2019 que ha coronado a Raquel García-Tomás como una de las grandes compositoras de nuestro país