This gala revisits the core repertoire of the undisputed soprano

The Barcelona soprano Victoria de los Ángeles would have turned 100 years old in 2023. A centenary that serves as a reminder of the enormous mark she left on the world of opera. 

With a very early vocation and studies at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu, she won the Geneva Competition, and her international career soared very quickly in opera houses such as Paris Opera, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Bayreuth Festival... 

She made her debut at the Liceu in 1945 as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, followed by great successes.  

This gala, which includes some of the most renowned and outstanding figures from the operatic scene, revisits the core repertoire of the undisputed soprano with a stage design by Vincent Huguet, who will present, on stage, costumes worn by Victòria herself. 

This gala curated by Marc Busquets, artistic director of LIFE Victoria Barcelona, is the perfect occasion to pay tribute to one of Barcelona's most universal citizens: "Above you, only the flowers".

  • Approximate running time 2h 35min
    • First part 1h 5min
    • Interval 30min
    • Second part 1h

Artistic Profile

Stage direction and concept
Vincent Huguet
Piano
Julius Drake
Musical Assistants
Véronique Werklé, David-Huy Nguyen-Phong and Jaume Tribó
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor
Lucas Macías Navarro

November 2023

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Programa

OBERTURA

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
"An die Musik" – Dame Sarah Connolly i Julius Drake

La darrera cançó al Liceu (1992)

Cristóbal Halffter (1930 - 2021)
Ai, que linda moça– Helena Ressurreição i Bernardo Rambeaud

PRIMERA PART

El naixement d'una veu
Els debuts de Victoria a Barcelona, la Universitat i la seva família
Els orígens de Victoria a la Universitat de Barcelona, casa seva

Fernando Jaumandreu i Obradors (1897 – 1945)
"Del cabello más sutil" – Joyce DiDonato i Julius Drake

El primer Lied cantat a l'Escola Milà i Fontanals

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
"Die Forelle" – Louise Alder i Julius Drake

El primer concurs guanyat a Ràdio Barcelona el 1940, consistent en cantar La bohème per primer cop al Teatre Victòria

Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
‘Sì, mi chiamano Mimì’ (La bohème) - Maria Agresta i orquestra

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Marina Viotti & Julius Drake

Debut al Palau de la Música Catalana (1944)

Frederic Mompou (1893 – 1987)
"Damunt de tu només les flors" – Sabina Puértolas i orquestra

Debut al Gran Teatre del Liceu amb la Comtessa (1945)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
‘Porgi amor’ (Le nozze di Figaro) – Louise Alder i orquestra

La consagració
Després del concurs de Ginebra, Victoria conquista els principals teatres del món.
Primer enregistrament internacional a la BBC (Londres) amb La vida breve (1948)

Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)
"Vivan los que ríen" (La vida breve) – Fatma Said i orquestra

Els anys del Metropolitan i l'èxit internacional (1951-1961)

Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
"Un bel dì vedremo" (Madama Butterfly) – Juliana Grigorian i orquestra

Obertura de Tannhäuser – orquestra
"Dicht, teure Halle!" (Tannhäuser)– Iréne Theorin i orquestra

Rere el teló

Matrimoni infeliç

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)
"Va! Laisse couler mes larmes" (Werther) – Joyce DiDonato i orquestra

Maternitat

Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
"Senza mamma" (Suor Angelica) - Juliana Grigorian i orquestra

Llegat

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)
"When I am laid in earth" (Dido and Aeneas) – Dame Sarah Connolly i orquestra

Victoria per sempre

Tres Lieder signatura

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
"Widmung" – Fatma Said i Julius Drake

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
"Vergebliches Ständchen"– Dame Sarah Connolly i Julius Drake

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
"Auf Flügeln des Gesanges"– Louise Alder i Julius Drake

Companys i amics de professió

Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
"Duetto buffo di due gatti" – Joyce DiDonato i Marina Viotti

El bis més cantat

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
"Près des remparts de Séville" (Carmen)– Marina Viotti i orquestra