The Salon of Anubis or the Academy of Lilí & Danté

The Salon of Anubis or the Academy of Lilí & Danté
Joan Albert Amargós

THE SALON OF ANUBIS is an opera with two sides under the appearance of a cabaret and magic show. It brings the main protagonist and the opera theatre goers face to face with death.

Lilí i Danté, the hosts of the cabaret, have the task of announcing to the Guest (Convidat) that he is dead, and of accompanying him afterwards on a journey of metamorphosis towards the acceptation of himself as deceased. These masters of ceremony are two double characters: on the one hand they are magicians, hosts of a cabaret made up of magic spots; on the other, they are archetypical figures defined by the masks of Anubis and Thoth. They accompany the living-deceased along a path of constant transformations, which make the latter smaller and smaller, in an amusing and dramatic journey to his inner depths, and which ends by reducing his personality into a simple shouting animated mask. The fourth character is Rosa, the wife and companion of the Guest (the Convidat- the living-deceased), who emerges directly from the dramatic context of the work. She is the living person who suffers the loss of a loved one: at his side her life will also go through a radical transformation.

Music and musical direction: Joan Albert Amargós 

Libretto: Toni Rumbau 

National Theater of Catalonia, Sala Petita

World premiere 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 October 2007

CATALAN CAST

Lilí: MÓNICA LUEZAS / MARÍA HINOJOSA (soprano) Danté: MARC CANTURRI (baritone) Convidat: TONI COMAS (tenor) Rosa: CLAUDIA SCHNEIDER / MARTA VALERO (mezzosoprano)

 

CAST IN SPANISH VERSION

LIlí: MARIA HINOJOSA (soprano) Danté: TONI MARSOL (baritone) Convidat: MIQUEL COBOS (tenor) Rosa: ANNA TOBELLA (mezzosoprano

 

Puppet voice: TONI RUMBAU

First assistant: PAU GÓMEZ VILAR

Second assistant: SUSANA RODRIGUEZ

 

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE BARCELONA 216:

Piano: DANIEL ESPASA / XAVIER BARBETA Clarinet: XAVIER CASTILLO Double bass: LUÍS MIGUEL COJAL Violin: CARLOTA AMARGÓS / JOSÉ ORIOL ALGUERO Trumpet: RAUL GARRIDO CISCAR (touring) Trumpet at the TNC: FRANCISCO RODRÍGUEZ

 

Direction BCN 216: DAVID ALBET

Production BCN 216: NOEMÍ SUÑOL

Assistant director: GLÒRIA BALAÑÁ

Stage director: LUCA VALENTINO

Scenography: JOSÉ MENCHERO

Scenography construction: JOSÉ MENCHERO I RAMON BENEITO

Costumes: RAQUEL BONILLLO

Assistance on magic: MAG LARI

Lighting: QUICO GUTIÉRREZ

Lighting technician: SILVIA KUCHINOW

Stagehand: RAMON BENEITO

Movement: SUSANA RODRÍGUEZ

Video: MARTA HINCAPIÉ

Video assembly: ANASTASI RINOS

Characterisation: TONI SANTOS

Makeup, hairdressing, wardrobe: ESTHER SÁNCHEZ

Stage manager: GERMANO BOZZELLI

Catalan version: TONI RUMBAU, JOAN ALBERT AMARGÓS I MARC ROSICH

Assistant to production and photography in rehearsal: JORGE RAEDÓ

Graphic design: MARIANO ROLANDO

Translation into English: REBECCA SIMPSON

Translation into German: KARIN DIETRICH I ALFONSO ROMERO MORA

Cover photography: DAVID RUANO / TNC

Photography of work: DAVID RUANO

Libretto printing: ARGRA

Executive producer: LOLA DAVÓ – BITÓ

 

Coproduction of FOBNC, LA FANFARRA and BITÓ PRODUCTIONS (Lola Davó)

With the support of: GENERALITAT OF CATALONIA

Collaborating organisations: TNC, INSTITUT RAMON LLULL, TEMPORADA ALTA, FUNDACIÓ BOGLIASCO

Recording: OBNC

 

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