ÒPERA about houses, people and evictions
disPLACE is an opera by the young composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero.
The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona, which commissioned the author to write a libretto about the issue of gentrification.
The request was to write two stories dealing with the same issue from two different perspectives, as each story was to be created for a different composer. The author decided to write two stories separated in time but connected by the place where they took place: a flat at the centre of Barcelona.
Gentrification is a problem affecting thousands of districts of cities all over the world, Barcelona city being one of the cases where the situation is getting worse due to real estate speculation, the Spanish mortgage laws, the social impact of the economic crisis and the contradictions caused by current tourism politics.
Music: Raquel García-Tomás, Joan Magrané Figuera
Libretto: Helena Tornero
disPLACE was premiered past 1st September 2015 in Vienna at the Festival Musiktheatertage Wien and could be seen there until the 11th September.
Conductor: Vinicius Kattah
Musicians: Ensemble PHACE, Sophia Goidinger-Koch and Barbara Riccabona
Singers: Elena Copons, soprano, Sébastien Soules, baritone
Actor: Benedek Nagy
Stage direction: Peter Pawlik
Musical direction: Vinicius Kattah
Set design: Alexandra Burgstallter
Light design: Harald Michlits
Idea and coordination: Georg Steker
Production OBNC: Dietrich Grosse
Languages: catalan and english (with subtitles)
Òpera in two acts of 30’, with interval
Production of Musiktheatertage (Wien) in co-production with Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació (Barcelona)
With the support of Arts Santa Mònica, Teatros del Canal, Teatro Real, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Foro Cultural Àustria-Wien Kultur
In conjunction with Institut Ramon Llull.
Sponsored by: Sercotel Ámister Art Hotel
Editorial: Mondigromax cultius de cultura