-The Spanish diva has an eclectic May coming up, with performances of new styles in Lisbon and in San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Maria José Montiel´s talent for taking on all types of repertoire and making them her own is well known. In recent years her voice has caressed some of the most emblematic opera roles in her register, such as Carmen, Dalila, Charlotte, Amneris, Leonora, Neris, Federica and La Cieca, but she has also excelled in symphonic-vocal repertoire and song, whether that be Spanish, German, Brazilian or French, and including contemporary music. To all these genres she brings a unique sensibility for understanding music. With performances of a mixture of styles in May, which began on the 7th at the Teatro de La Zarzuela with a homage to the genius composer José Padilla –alongside Rubén Fernández Aguirre on piano–, Montiel has now travelled to Lisbon in order to perform Five Neruda Songs with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Joel. This is a moving song cycle based on poems by the Chilean Nobel prizewinner, which was composed in 2005 by Peter Lieberson and dedicated to his wife, the mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt, after discovering that she was suffering from terminal breast cancer. In the words of Lieberson himself, “each of the songs reflects the different faces of love”. The concert will take place at the emblematic Teatro San Carlos in Lisbon on the 13th May.
In Madrid, once again, on the 25th May, María José Montiel will sing Il Tramonto, by Ottorino Respighi, alongside the RTVE Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez at the San Lorenzo de El Escorial auditorium. Composed in 1914, this is a symphonic song or brief cantata for voice and strings, based on verse by Shelley; a marvellous exercise in post-romantic morbidity, linked to the Italian symbolism that developed in the late 19th century.