-The young Spanish condutor will return to the podium at the Teatro de La Zarzuela with a new production of the Spanish opera Maruxa

December 2017
The Madrid-born conductor José Miguel Pérez-Sierra is returning to his native city to conduct, this time at the Teatro de La Zarzuela.  The occasion is the revival of the opera Maruxa – which started its life as a zarzuela – by Amadeu Vives, one of the most complicated and difficult scores of the genre. For this reason, the opera has not been performed for more than forty years.  Now it is to be revived in a new version, edited and adapted by the musician, conductor and composer Miquel Ortega. This new production is being directed by Paco Azorín, will premiere on the 25th January and there will be a fortnight of performances until the 11th February.  “Vives was a great orchestrator and it is absolutely evident in this score. The opera is very interesting, vocally very demanding, and musically very rich, which is an aspect often found in much of the composer´s work,” explains Pérez-Sierra. For the young mastro “it is a great pleasure and very exciting to return to the Teatro de La Zarzuela to conduct again, after six years´ break. It is like a home to me, a theatre where I conducted more than one hundred performances between 2006 and 2012,” he concludes.

In this new Maruxa the lead roles will be taken alternately by Saioa Hernández and Susana Cordón, Rodrigo Esteves and Borja Quiza, Ekaterina Metlova and Miren Urbieta and Carlos Fidalgo and Jorge Rodríguez Norton. The baritone Simón Orfila from Menorca will also take a role.

Performances will take place on the 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 31st January, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th February, and Pérez-Sierra will be at the helm of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid.