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EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO
September 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm–10:00 pm
The puppet-opera was composed by Manuel de Falla based on a chapter of Don Quixote, in which the character is watching a puppet play. It will be sung in Spanish with supertitles in English. The event is free and open to the public.
For ArtWeek, join us for an open dress rehearsal on September 30th, from 7 to 10pm at The Hyde Square Task Force which will offer a unique opportunity to experience the opera in a different way. The audience will be able to see how our artists and technicians work out every detail of the performance and to chat with the artistic director and the performers during the rehearsal break.
These events commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Part II of Don Quixote. Our goal is to engage a greater audience in a conversation with Cervantes’ masterpiece and the Spanish-speaking communities.
EL RETABLO DE MAESE PEDRO on October 2nd 7:30pm at Sanders Theatre
The puppet-opera was composed by Manuel de Falla based on a chapter of Don Quixote, in which the character is watching a puppet play. In the opera, Don Quixote is watching a puppet play: A medieval story of love and quarrels between Moors and Christians, in which Don Gayferos, a knight at Charlemagne’s court frees his wife Melisendra, who was held captive by the Moors.
Falla composed this opera in homage to Cervantes and dedicated it to the Princess de Polignac, who commissioned the work. Written in 1923 for opera singers, chamber orchestra and puppet theatre, the show brought fame to De Falla and has been staged all over the world, remaining a popular title.
It will be sung in Spanish with supertitles in English. The event is free and open to the public. You can book your free tickets at the Harvard Box Office online at www.boxoffice.harvard.edu or by phone at 617.496.2222. Please note that ticket processing fees will apply. Suitable for children five years of age and older.