Andrómeda in chains

Andrómeda in chains
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AGUSTÍ CHARLES

“Libérame tú del monstruo
del gris hostil que desuela las horas
rompe mansamente los grilletes
pues soy Andrómeda Encadenada.
La que habita en el foso de sí misma”.

Andrómeda encadenada
Fátima Frutos

Andrómeda encadenada (Andromeda in chains) is the new opera by the composer Agustí Charles. With staging by Jordi Pérez Solé and starring the singer María Hinojosa, it is a small-format piece, a monodrama for soprano, with amplified violin, harp, percussion, and live electronics (with the incorporation of the ePad-Wood, a new electronic percussion instrument created by the composer himself). 

Andrómeda Encadenada is based on the poem of the same name by the Basque writer Fátima Frutos, in which the author takes the old myth of the woman chained to the rocks and saved by Perseus and gives it a personal, contemporary, and, above all, feminist reading. The libretto, by Marc Rosich, turns the poet’s verses into dramatic material, transforming them into a sung monologue that also includes other texts taken from various poems by the author, as well as quotations from classical poets, such as Lope or Calderón, dedicated to the mythological character.  The resulting piece presents us with a woman in crisis after a breakup, but who, while taking refuge in the reading of the classics, and especially in the reinterpretation of the myth of Andromeda, ends up finding a way to break the bonds of sentimental dependence and thus reach self-affirmation as an autonomous being. The staging of Jordi Pérez Solé underlines the shattered world of the protagonist, from which she embarks on her journey, coming to learn to free herself from the chains that do not let her be herself.

Opera in one act for soprano, amplified violin, harp, percussion and live electronics
based on texts from Fátima Frutos, libretto by Marc Rosich

World premiere 28 October 2021, at Palau de la Música – Petit Palau, Barcelona

Composition Agustí Charles

Based on the texts from Fátima Frutos

Libretto by Marc Rosich

Stage direction Jordi Pérez Solé

Musical direction José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana

Stage design Sergi Corbera

Lights Sylvia Kuchinow

Costumes Joana Martí

Mouvement Laura Calvet

 

Soprano María Hinojosa

Violin Marc Charles

Harp Esther Pinyol

 

Executive producer: Clàudia Robert
Communication ÒBNC: Rocío Campaña Mora
Direction ÒBNC: Dietrich Grosse

Production: ÒPERA DE BUTXACA I NOVA CREACIÓ

Collaboration: PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA

 

Supported by: DEPARTAMENT DE CULTURA DE LA GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA, MINISTERIO DE CULTURA Y DEPORTE – INAEM, INSTITUT DE CULTURA DE BARCELONA – ICUB

In collaboration with: INSTITUT RAMON LLULL, GENERAL CONSULAT OF GERMANY, MONDIGROMAX, NAU IVANOW, FUNDACIÓ SGAE and SERCOTEL ÁMISTER ART HOTEL

Thanks to: Louise Higham, Montse Majench, Núria Marquès, Helena Moliné

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