-The Spanish conductor returns to the Chilean Ópera Nacional in September

September 2018
An expert in Romantic bel-canto and famous throughout the world for his affinity for Rossini repertoire, in September José Miguel Pérez-Sierra will return to the Chilean Ópera Nacional, having already conducted I Puritani (2014), Il turco in Italia (2015) and La Cenerentola (2017) at the South American opera house. Always with Rossini as his standard, this time he will be travelling to the southern hemisphere to conduct the composer’s masterpiece – in fact the world’s favourite in the entire comic opera genre – Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Pérez-Sierra will take the podium at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago with this opera full of sparkle, magnificent arias and great humour, from the 20th September. He will be conducting six performances (on the 20th, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th) with two different casts, which include rising international stars such as the tenor Levy Sekgapane and the mezzo Evelyn Ramirez.

“Rossini really knew what audiences wanted, and this opera is an example of that”, the Spanish conductor explains. Pérez-Sierra has ten operas by the composer in his repertoire, to which he adds three more this year, L’Equivoco stravagante, Tancredi and La donna del lago. “As well as his music full of wonderful melodies and his passion for beauty and vocal virtuosity, Rossini was a great man of theatre and almost all his librettos are dramatic masterpieces. And there was nobody better to set these to music than he himself. Il Barbieri unites all the gifts of his creative genius. It is an absolute capolavoro,” he adds, enthusiastically.

Later in the season, among other engagements the maestro from Madrid will conduct Tancredi (Rossini) at the Teatro Pretruzzelli in Bari (Italy), La donna del lago (Rossini) at the Opéra de Marseille (France), Tosca (Puccini) at the Opéra-Théâtre in Metz (France) and the zarzuela El barberillo de Lavapiés (Barbieri) at the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid.