Great success of José María Moreno in the Trilogía de los Fundadores at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid
Sunday, 15/06/2014
All-round acclaim for the work of conductor José María Moreno, musical conductor of the Trilogía de los Fundadores, at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela. The show has recovered masterpieces by Gaztambide, Arrieta and Barbieri, three of the key figures in the history of zarzuela and the theatre that bears the genre’s name.
José María Moreno
José María Moreno

All-round acclaim for the work of conductor José María Moreno, musical conductor of the Trilogía de los Fundadores, at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela. The show has recovered masterpieces by Gaztambide, Arrieta and Barbieri, three of the key figures in the history of zarzuela and the theatre that bears the genre’s name.

Together with Moreno, other Musiespaña artists star in the three works on offer at the Madrid venue: tenor Gustavo Peña in Joaquín Gaztambide’s Catalina; and soprano Elena de la Merced and baritone Josep Miquel Ramón as leading characters in El diablo en el poder, by Francisco Asenjo Barbieri. Emilio Arrieta’s El dominó azul completes the trilogy. These three titles are performed in concerto version, and stage-managed by Álvaro del Amo. They are to play until the 20th of June.

With this spectacle, the Teatro de la Zarzuela aims at offering “a novel proposal including three of the titles that strengthened the lyrical genre in the best years of the Romantic period: three magnificent examples of the work of Gaztambide, Arrieta and Barbieri, which at the same time tell three pleasant historical tales of amorous intrigue. The first of these works, Catalina, is set against a backdrop of military life in the 17th century in Finland; the second, El dominó azul, recreates the courtly circles of Madrid under the reign of Phillip IV, in the sixteen-hundreds; and the third, El diablo en el poder, takes us to the Madrid court of the Bourbons at the beginning of the 18th century”.

José María Moreno – artistic and musical conductor of Palma de Mallorca’s Teatre Principal, and principal guest conductor at the Majorca Music Festival – is one of the most promising Spanish opera-conductors of the present moment. Some of his most resounding successes include performances at the Peking Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Helsinki Music Centre, and the Teatro de la Zarzuela, in Madrid. He is also a regular guest conductor of ensembles such as the Berliner Symphoniker, the Brandemburger Symphoniker, and the Augsburger Philarmoniker (Germany); the Karelian Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia); the Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta (Italy); the Orquesta do Norte (Portugal); and the Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Madrid, the Oviedo Filarmonía orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands (Spain).