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Doña Francisquita

Amadeo Vives (1871-1932)
Lyrical comedy in three acts
Libretto by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw adapted from Lope de Vega
Season 2019-20
Duration: 2h45
Incl. 2 intermissions
10

A true painting of morals, this comedy features characters from Spain's popular society.

Created in Madrid in 1923, Doña Francisquita by Amadeo Vives belongs to the ‘género grande’ of zarzuela. A true depiction of moral standards, this comedy portrays characters from Spanish popular society. The libretto is inspired by one of Lope de Vega’s best comedies, La discreta enamorada (1605), and gives free course to the emotions, dealt with elegantly, inventively and cheerfully by one of the most important Spanish composers from the beginning of the 20th century. The young Francisquita is infatuated with a student who is burning with ardour for a fashionable actress, Aurora La Beltrana. But loves makes the naive girl resourceful and she manages to overcome various obstacles, finally conquering the gallant man’s heart. While the dramatic themes, like men’s blindness to their feelings, are timeless, it is the everyday people in the street that animate the intriguing plot. The faïence mender, the travelling haberdasher, the orange and water sellers, the civil guards, the night-watchman and the dancers are all animated by themes from Spanish popular music. Considered a masterpiece of zarzuela from the beginning of the 20th century, Doña Francisquita captivates us with the charm of Madrid’s atmosphere and its inimitable flavour. A discovery not to be missed.

Roberto Fores Veses
Conductor
Lluís Pasqual
Director
Ismael Jordi
Fernando Soler
Leonor Bonilla
Doña Francisquita

Libretto by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw adapted from Lope de Vega
First performed at Teatro Apolo, Madrid, October 17, 1923
Critical Edition by Miguel Roa for
ICCMU and SGAE

Doña Francisquita
Leonor Bonilla
Fernando Soler
Ismael Jordi
Aurora
Florencia Machado
Doña Francisca
Milagros Martin
Don Matias
Miguel Sola
Cardona
Pablo Garcia Lopez
Lorenzo Pérez
Mohamed Haidar
Productor / Director
Carlos Henriquez
Conductor
Roberto Fores Veses
Director
Lluís Pasqual
Costumes & Set Design
Alejandro Andújar
Lighting
Pascal Mérat
Choreographer
Nuria Castejón
Director's Assistant
Leo Castaldi

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