Pablo Sorozábal
© Javier del Real
© Javier del Real
© Javier del Real

Pablo Sorozábal

7, 9, 10 February, 2019

Conductor: Oliver Díaz
Stage director: Mario Gas

Cast: María José Moreno, Antonio Gandía, Ángel Ódena, Ernesto Morillo, Ruth González, Vicky Peña, Pep Molina, Ángel Ruiz, Abel García

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Coro de la A.A. del Teatro de la Maestranza

Production: Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid)

The performance lasts about 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval.


A legend of seafaring romance 

La tabernera del puerto, is thought of as “the last great zarzuela in history” because its opening at the Teatro Tivoli in Barcelona in May 1936 coincided with the onset of the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy which put an end to the intrinsically Spanish lyrical genre. 

La tabernera del puerto was composed by Pablo Sorozábal and the libretto is by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw. It tells a story of contraband and love in a port town of the Basque region of Spain; and it continues to impress today because of its impressionist atmosphere. The staging is by Mario Gas -his father, bass singer Manuel Gas, premiered the work in Madrid in 1940. Conductor Óliver Díaz leads the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra and a large cast which includes María José Moreno, Antonio Gandía, Ángel Ódena and Vicky Peña, among others.  

Taking part in the production are scenographer Ezio Frigerio who was trained with the legendary Giorgio Strehler and collaborated with Vittorio de Sica or Bernardo Bertolucci, and costume designer Franca Squarciapino, an Oscar award holder in 1990 for her costumes in Cyrano de Bergerac, and a frequent name in productions for the New York Metropolitan and the opera houses of Vienna, Zurich or London’s Royal Opera House. 

The staging creates the atmosphere of a fishing port and foreign parts, with a blend of cultures and a modern touch in the context of the story which is a seafaring romance. Theatrically it avoids realism, rather it underlines a more poetic approach with tinges of a fable. Mario Gas (Montevideo, 1947) combines the passion of theatre with strains of popular culture in a production which enables the characters to “tell a story with all the sentiments and truth that theatre permits”, in the words of Gas.  He adds “Our approach is a theatrical text that is sung, or a zarzuela, which is what it is, in fact: dramatized music constituting two differentiating parts - what is sung and what is said. In the end, it is much more difficult than an opera where there is only singing or in theatre where the characters talk.

In three acts, La tabernera del puerto takes place in the mid-thirties in an imaginary fishing port -Catabreda- in the north of Spain and is considered Pablo Sorozábal’s (1897-1988) masterpiece. His debut in the genre was in 1931 with Katiuska- having spent 12 years in Germany where he gained prestige as a composer and conductor. The “neopopularismo” of the text -along with a measure of influence of Pio Baroja- extends into the score with echoes of music from the north of Spain and rhythms of the American continent. 

Oliver Díaz, Musical Director of the Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid since 2015, founded the Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Gijón and the Barbieri Symphony Orchestra, he has collaborated with important opera houses suc as the Liceu (Barcelona), Real (Madrid), Palau de Les Arts (Valencia) or the Maestranza (Sevilla). 

EN TORNO A... La tabernera del puerto
Conference concerts
6 February, 2019

With Asociación Sevillana de Amigos de la Ópera (ASAO)

(Access via the theatre reception entrance)
Free of charge until complete capacity

7, 9, 10 February, 2019

WEEKDAYS WD (Sun. to Thu.)WEEKEND WE (Fri. and Sat.)
Stalls (Patio) WD 55€ / WE 60€
Balcony (1ª Balcón) WD 53€ / WE 58€
Balcony (2ª Balcón) WD 51€ / WE 56€
Terrace (1ª Terraza) WD 49€ / WE 53€
Terrace (2ª Terraza) WD 47€ / WE 51€
Slips (1ª Paraíso) WD 42€ / WE 46€
Slips (2ª Paraíso) WD 34€ / WE 37€
Slips (3ª Paraíso) WD 30€ / WE 33€

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