Sotelo : El Público

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World premiere and new production of the Teatro Real de Madrid, El Público is an opera by Mauricio Sotelo after Federica Garcia Lorca commissioned by Gerard Mortier. Directed by Pablo Heras-Casado.

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Sotelo : El Público

World premiere and new production of the Teatro Real de Madrid, El Público is an opera by Mauricio Sotelo. Andrés Ibáñez’ libretto is based on Federico García Lorca’s play El Público.

El Público is Lorca’s most difficult and mysterious play, one of the great classics of modern Spanish theatre. Lorca wrote it in Cuba, just after his trip to New York, at a time of intense experimentation in art and life. Homosexuality is addressed openly in El Público. The play is a cry of defiance against bourgeois hypocrisy and a plea for sexual and artistic freedom. It has been transformed into an opera thanks to Gerard Mortier. He commissionned the composer Mauricio Sotelo to create an opera for the Spanish repertoire of the 21st century.

Pablo-Heras Casado conducts the Klangforum Wien and the Chorus of the Teatro Real.


El Público [DVD & Blu-ray]

Music : Mauricio Sotelo (*1961)
 : Andrès Ibáñez
After Federico García Lorca

Enrique : José Antonio López
Gonzalo : Thomas Tatzl
First horse : Arcángel
Second horse : Jesús Méndez
Third horse : Rubén Olmo
Juliet : Isabella Gaudí

Percussions : Augustín Diassera
Guitar solo : Cañizares

Klangforum Wien
Conductor : Pablo Heras-Casado

Stage direction : Robert Castro

Sets : Alexander Polzin
Costumes : Wojciech Dziedzic
Lighting design : Urs Schönebaum
Choreography : Darrel Grand Moultrie

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“One of the reasons for El Publico‘s indisputable triumph is the work of its exceptional artistic team, who not only managed to respect the surrealism of the play and the subtlety of the music, but also to elaborate an abstract code, creating a fascinating visual interpretation “- “Culturalmente Incorrecto”

“an essential DVD for who questions the existence and relevance of contemporary opera…” – Opéra Magazine

“the success of this audacious show, a supreme hommage to Gerard Mortier” – ForumOpera

Technical informations

HD recording : Teatro Real – Madrid | 03/2015
TV direction : Jérémie Cuvillier
Release date : 21 October 2016
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC134
Barcode : 3760115301344
Running time : 142 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / SPA
Subtitle: SPA / ENG / FR / GER / KOR
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

Reference : BAC434
Barcode : 3760115304342
Running time : 142 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / SPA
Subtitle : SPA / ENG / FR / GER / KOR
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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