Cecilio in Memoriam
“Cecilio in Memoriam” follows the line begun with “Casting”.
Rather than a musical, the piece is a story in which theatre and live music are fused, where the musicians and the actors/singers are part of a whole storyline – a dynamic story full of surprises, carried forward through numerous musical numbers which fluctuate between contemporary opera, cabaret and zarzuela, all of them mixed up together, assembled to favour the dramatic effects of the story. We find a mixture of genres which is never chaotic: the ambiguous figure of Cecilio, around whom all the other characters take on life, allows us to assimilate all the different registers without inconsistencies in the storyline.
“Cecilio in Memoriam” shies away from imported musical formats. It’s an original work in its form and tries to reach out to a wide public, including the theatre-goers who simply wish to be entertained as well as those who take pleasure discovering different readings suggested by the plot.
A posthumous homage to Cecilio, a composer who died in mysterious circumstances. His widow, Mona, and his steadfast disciple, Manuel, sponsor this homage, with the object of raising funds for the construction of a mausoleum for the only remaining possession of the great maestro: his right shoe. Mona will sing the posthumous work of Cecilio for all the people attending, “the most beautiful aria of love”, an aria in the last letter she received from the maestro. But the appearance in the story of Mimi reveals that the death was really a murder…. A story of love, hate, envy, deaths …. And quite a few other interesting titbits.
Text, music and direction: Eduardo Diago
18 to 23 November 1997
CARLES GISBERT: Manuel
CARMEN SÁNCHEZ: Mona
NEUS MAYOLAS: Mimi
QUIM SOLÉ: Guitar
JAVIER FERNÁNDEZ: Percussion
MATTHIAS WEINMANN / JOAN PALET: Violoncello
MARÍA UGARTE: Violin
Lighting: DAVID LASHERAS