Little Comic Opera
We could describe this work as an intruded monologue.
Ulysses, the Greek hero, is talking to himself, although it seems as if he is carrying on dialogues with others. The register (as a character) is comic, or rather, absurd. The irony, or more accurately, the sarcasm, tends to the existential.
Little Comic Opera is part of La Bufa Chamber Opera Project, and is designed for a soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, flute, clarinet, viola, violoncello and percussion.
Ulysses is the victim of a spell cast on him by the sorceress Circe. We find him recumbent, talking with his conscience. Twenty years earlier he left Troy and endeavoured to return to his home. At his moment of deepest despair, Circe appears. Moved by the adventurer, she frees him and opens the gates of Hell for him. Ulysses enters here, an obscure place full of silence. He talks to his mother, Anticlea, who accuses him of her woes. He is looking for answers but the shadows only give shadows as answers. Finally, he decides that the only things that have any sense in life are one’s home and the continuation of the race. Once he reaches home, he becomes bored and discovers that not even one’s home and race give meaning to life. His entire journey has been in vain.
Music and musical direction: Jordi Rossinyol
Libretto: Albert Mestres
Theater Malic 26, 28, 29, 31 October and 2, 4 and 5 of November 1995
Ulysses: JOSEP PIERES, bass
Conscience: MONTSERRAT SOLÀ, Soprano
Circe and Anticlea: MARISA MARTINS, Mezzo-soprano
Ballerina: CARME TORRENT
Instrumental Group: Vol Ad Libitum
XAVIER ESTEVE, Flutes
ALBET GUMMI, Clarinet and bass clarinet
MARIO BUGLIARI, Viola
ELISABETTA RENZI, Violoncello
Artistic direction: ANDREU CARANDELL, ALBERT MESTRES, DIEGO MURCIANO I JORDI ROSSINYOL