The Night of Romance
The genre of romance originates from the Medieval Spain where the word “romance” (romance – roman) implied a secular song on Roman language, i.e. Spanish, unlike the canticles sang on Latin. These songbooks were called “romancero”.
Soon afterwards, the romance’s lyrics had spread among other countries.
Romance became one of the leading genres in the XIX century by the texts of romantic composers because, unlike the other musical genres, the romance itself gave a chance to express deeply personal, almost intimate, thoughts. Therewith, representatives of various composers’ schools specialised in vocal lyrical genre addressed to the treasures of the people’s art. Among members of the national composers’ schools are such romantic authors as: Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, Jules Massenet in France; Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov in Russia; Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf in Austria and Germany.
Soloists of the theatre will perform with many of these romances at the chamber opera concert.