THE PERFORMANCE BY MOSCOW STATE ACADEMIC CHILDREN’S MUSICAL THEATRE named N. I. SATS
III INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OPERA FESTIVAL
aun del aire matan is the earliest extant complete Spanish opera with music by
Juan Hidalgo de Polanco on a libretto by Pedro Calderon de la Barca. Composed
in 1660 for the marriage of Princess Maria Teresa of Spain to Louis XIV of
France it strikes with its bright and distinctive palette of refined
recitatives, intricate arias and choruses, dynamic Spanish dance rhythms and
Hidalgo’s setting of Pedro Calderón’s verse drama combines the myths of Cefalo,
doomed to kill his own wife, Pocris; and of the goddess Diana, whose temple is
burnt down by Erostrato.
addition to a truly great music, plenty of humor and affecting drama, this
opera explores crucial questions for young people embarking on relationships.
How can one manage emotions of love, loss and jealousy? Is revenge noble, or
destructive? How can one establish one’s own identity? Do other people see us the
same way we see ourselves?” says Andrew Lawrence-King, musical director and
conductor of the show, baroque opera and orchestral director, imaginative
continuo-player, director of The Harp Consort (international Early Music
ensemble), Early Harp virtuoso, specialist in baroque gesture and Historical
Action, Grammy, Echo, Gramophone Awards winner, one of the world’s leading
performers of Early Music and the most recorded harpist of all time.
“Love Kills “ marks the second collaboration between Natalia Sats Theatre and
Andrew Lawrence-King, following “Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo” by
Emilio De Cavalieri in 2012 (The Golden Mask Theatre Award Laureate 2013).
Music: Juan Hidalgo de Polanco
Libretto: Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Spanish translation and adaptation Katerina King and Andrew Lawrence-King)
Musical Director and Conductor: Andrew Lawrence-King