Philip Glass, John Adams or Blanca Li, protagonists of a season of “psychological normality” at the Royal Theater

the royal theater presented this Friday the 2022-2023 season, with eight new co-productions of the cultural institution and nine new titles in its lyrical catalog among which the names of composers such as those of Philip Glass o John Adams, as well as the participation of the choreographer White Li.

At a press conference, the president of the Teatro Real, Gregorio Marañón, explained that what marks the new season “is, without a doubt, a double celebration, of health and psychological normality”. “The pandemic had a double aspect: a more harmful one that affected the body, but also another aspect that was the one that affected our mind, fear“, has declared.

The season features six baroque operas, four from the 19th century, seven from the 20th century and one from the 21st century. “In short, we have nine operas that, for the first time, are performed at the Teatro Real; three that are performed for the first time in Spain; and three that are performed for the first time in Madrid, that is to say, that constitute an absolute premiere”, he pointed out.

In his speech, the general director of the Teatro Real, Ignacio García-Belenguer, has signed that this will be the season of “normality”, which will have a global budget – from September 2022 to July 2023 – of 19,942 ,000 euros.


In total, the 2022/23 season of the Teatro Real is made up of a total of 238 performances, which are distributed in 113 opera performances; 75 from Real Junior; 15 dance performances; two commemorative galas; four concerts by Voces del Real; three extraordinary lyrical concerts; six concerts of the cycle ‘Camera Sundays’; and about 40 flamenco performances.

Due to the renovation works on the floor of the stage area, the official opening will be on October 24, with the replacement of ‘Aida’ by Giuseppe Verdi, conceived and renovated by Hugo de Ana, under the musical direction of Nicola Luisotti.

For his part, the artistic director of Real, Joan Matabosch has highlighted the “ambition” of the artistic project”with almost half of the programming focused on modernity – between the 20th and 21st centuries there are seven of the 17 operas -.


The 2022-2023 season of the Teatro Real begins under the sign of Orfeo with ‘Orpheus‘, by Philip Glass, which will premiere in Spain on September 21 at the Teatros del Canal, and will run throughout the season, with the presentation of ‘L’Orfeo‘, by Claudio Monteverdi and ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’de Christoph Willibald Gluck.

There will also be other outstanding proposals such as ‘Nixon in China’de John Adams; Rayok Anti-Formalist by Dmitri Shostakóvich; ‘Arabella’, by Richard Strauss; the stage version of ‘Nose’ by Dmitri Shostakóvich; ‘Dialogues by Tirant and Carmesina’ by Joan Magrané; ‘The sleepwalker’ de Vincenzo Bellini; ‘Dido and Aeneas’de Henry Purcell; e ‘The Turk in Italy’ de Gioachino Rossini.

In relation to the recovery of the Spanish lyrical heritage, the Teatro Real will present two baroque works from the 18th century, premiered during the reign of Felipe V: the opera ‘Achilles in Skiros’ by Francesco Corselli and the zarzuela ‘Coronis’by Sebastián Durón, then Master of the Royal Chapel of Madrid.

In stage direction, the Teatro Real has highlighted the presence of four women: Mariame Clément (‘Achilles in Skiros’), Barbara Lluch (‘The sleepwalker’), Sasha Waltz (‘L’Orfeo ‘) and Blanca Li (‘Dido and Aeneas’), the last two also choreographers.

For their part, they return to Real Christof Loy (‘Arabella’), Laurent Pelly (‘The Turk in Italy‘), Bob Wilson (‘Turandot‘), Barrie Kosky (‘Nose’), John Fulljames (‘Nixon in China’), Justin Way (‘Tristan and Isolde’), Rafael Villalobos (‘Orpheus‘) and Hugo de Ana (‘Aida‘), while Marc Rosich debuts (‘Dialogues by Tirant and Carmesina’) y Johannes Stepanek (Rayok Anti-Formalist), in addition to the aforementioned Mariame Clément, Bárbara Lluch and Blanca Li.

As far as musical direction is concerned, Ivor Bolton (‘Achilles in Skiros’ y ‘Nixon in China’) y Nicola Luisotti (‘Aida’ y ‘Turandot‘). Also returning Semyon Bychkov (‘Tristan and Isolde’), Maurizio Benini (‘The sleepwalker‘), Daniel Oren (‘Aida‘), David Afkam (‘Arabella‘), Mark Wigglesworth (‘Nose’), Diego Garcia Rodriguez (‘Aida’), Jordi Frances (‘Orpheus’and Francesc Prat (‘Dialogues by Tirant and Carmesina’) and, with guest orchestras, Pablo Heras-Casado (‘The altarpiece of Master Pedro’), William Christie (‘Dido and Aeneas’), René Jacobs (‘Orpheus and Eurydice‘), Vicent Dumestre (‘Crowns‘) and Francesco Corti (‘Ptolemy, King of Egypt’). Debutant Giacomo Sagripanti (‘The Turk in Italy’) and Leonardo Garcia Alarcon (‘L’Orfeo‘).

By Editor

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