Teatro de la Zarzuela
Calle Jovellanos, 4
Telephone: (+34) 91 524 54 00
Subscriptions and Box Office: (+34) 91 050 52 82
Ownership: Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM)
Director: Daniel Bianco
Conductor: Óliver Díaz
Managing Director: Pablo López
Production Manager: Margarita Jiménez
Technical Manager: Antonio López
Choir Master: Antonio Fauró
Assistant Director: Raúl Asenjo
Producction Coordinator: Noelia Ortega
Coordinator for Communication and Dissemination: Juan Marchán
Capacity: 1,242 seats
Theatre services:shop, cloakroom, bar, medical aid, free diptych and sales programme,
surtitling and accessibility for the disabled
Stage: horseshoe shaped
Proscenium: 12 m x 11.85 m
Apron to proscenium circle: 2.55 m
Proscenium arch to back of stage: 12.85 m
Width between walls: 22,43 m | 22.43 m
Gridiron height: 23.70 m
Lighting: input 800,000 w
The Teatro de la Zarzuela presents its 2018-19 season, its first lyrical performance taking place on October 4th and the last will be held on July 12th 2019. The programme will include eight works: five new productions —including one of a live composer, La casa de Bernarda Alba by Miquel Ortega, in a new version for chamber orchestra—, an own revival, a zarzuela rescued in concert version and more performances open to all publics thanks to the Proyecto Zarza. The series Notas del Ambigú will be extended to 10 concerts and the Series of Lied will consist of another 10 concerts. The Proyecto Zarza, returns with strength in the new season featuring La verbena de la Paloma by Tomás Bretón. Directed by the stage manager and dramatist Pablo Messiez and Óliver Díaz as musical director. Another series which remains full of energy is the Teatro Musical de Cámara in collaboration with the Fundación Juan March.
The season will start with 14 performances of the opereta Katiuska by Pablo Sorozábal coproduced by the Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, the Campoamor de Oviedo and the Teatro Calderón de Valladolid. Signed by Emilio Sagi, with Guillermo García Calvo conducting, Daniel Bianco as stage designer, costumes of Pepa Ojanguren and a cast led by Ainhoa Arteta, Carlos Álvarez or Jorge de León, is to be performed from October 4th to 21st.
After this start, it will the turn of Spanish opera with La casa de Bernarda Alba by Miquel Ortega. It will be featured in an unseen version for chamber orchestra as originally intended by Federico García Lorca. The stage direction of this new production of the Teatro de la Zarzuela will be entrusted to Bárbara Lluch, and eight performances have been scheduled from November 10th to 22nd; with Rubén Fernández Aguirre as conductor and the cast will include, among others, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Carmen Romeu, Luis Cansino, Carol García or Marifé Nogales.
On November 30th and December 2nd, the public may enjoy María del Pilar, zarzuela in three acts by Gerónimo Giménez paying homage to maestro Jesús López-Cobos, who initially was going to commit himself in conducting, but now has been replaced by Óliver Díaz, conductor of the Theatre. The cast will be integrated by Carmen Solís, the Polish woman Iwona Sobotka, Andeka Gorrotxategi, Rubén Amoretti, Damián del Castillo, David Sánchez, Jorge Rodríguez-Norton, Marina Rodríguez-Cusí, and will count as narrator with Mario Gas. This will be performed in concert version with an adaptation of the original libretto by the young dramatist María Velasco.
Then, the comic opera will take the stage of calle Jovellanos with El sueño de una noche de verano (A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream) by Joaquín Gaztambide, conducted by Miguel Ángel Gómez-Martínez. The stage direction will be entrusted to Marco Carniti for this recovery of Gaztambide’s work, together with the designers Nicolás Boni (stage design) and Jesús Ruiz (costumes). Raquel Lojendio, María Rey-Joly, Luis Cansino, Valeriano Lanchas, Beatriz Díaz, Sandra Ferrández, Santiago Ballerini, Antoni Literes, Javier Franco, Toni Marsol o Pablo López will integrate the cast of this work whose 13 performances will last from January 25th to February 10th.
One of the essential works of zarzuela, El barberillo de Lavapiés by Francisco Asenjo Barbieri, will arrive to the stage in a new production of the theatre. It will be conducted by José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, with Alfredo Sanzol as stage designer and costumes entrusted to Alejandro Andújar. Borja Quiza, David Oller, Cristina Faus, Ana Cristina Marco, María Miró, Cristina Toledo, Javier Tomé, Francisco Corujo and David Sánchez will integrate the cast in the 14 performances lasting from March 28th to April 14th.
The great zarzuela will also be present with another of its emblematic works: Doña Francisquita by Amadeo Vives. This is going to be an international coproduction between the Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Lausanne opera; its stage director will be Lluís Pasqual, the conductor, Óliver Díaz; the person responsible for the adaptation of the libretto, the dramatist Borja Ortiz de Gondra (twice National Prize of Dramatic Literature) and the great names integrating the double cast like those of Sabina Puértolas, Elena Sancho-Péreg, Ismael Jordi, José Luis Sola, Ana Ibarra or Lorena Valero. The 15 performances will be featured from May 14th to June 2nd.
The season will finish with the revival of the own production Zarzuela en danza, which gathers on the stage the main dance pieces conceived in the scores of the zarzuelas. The work will flow through well-known music of composers like Bretón, Chapí, Chueca, Barbieri, Vives, Giménez, Soutullo or Vert, and based on a libretto signed by the recognised dramatist, poet and actor Álvaro Tato. The stage direction and choreography belongs to a classic of our dance like Nuria Castejón, and the multifaceted maestro Arturo Díez-Boscovich will occupy the pit of the Teatro de la Zarzuela conducting the principal orchestra and the singers Ana Cristina Marco, Germán Olvera and Néstor Losán. 11 performances will be featured from June 25th to July 7th.
The Series of concerts in the main hall increases its offer and proposes 10 concerts with some of the most outstanding voices of lyrics, popular song, flamenco and pop, of which the traditional Christmas Concert should be mentioned on December 29th, with maestro Ramón Tebar as conductor, accompanied by the soprano Virginia Tola, the mezzosoprano María José Montiel and the baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez. The pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo, the last National Music Prize will present ‘Música entre amigas’ On February 5th, a concert which also include the singers Ana Belén, Marina Pardo or Ruth Rosique, the violinist Leticia Moreno, the singer Rocío Márquez, the dancer Patricia Guerrero or the also singer Clara. The series will be closed by the flamenco guitarist Tomatito together with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid led by its principal conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez on July 12th.
In the next season, dance will be represented by the Ballet Nacional de España. The company directed by Antonio Najarro will feature a Gala to celebrate its 40th anniversary. This gala will include a special programme with several of the most emblematic choreographies, or extracts from them, created by great figures of different generations that have marked the evolution of Spanish dance. There will be 12 performances from 8th to 23rd of December.