Ginastera - BOMARZO
Ginastera - BOMARZO Bomarzo, an opera by the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera for the first time at the Teatro Real. Ginastera - BOMARZO
Ginastera - BOMARZO
Duration: 02:34:45"

Ginastera – BOMARZO

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Once upon a time there was an Italian family who had a magnificent garden built near their palace. BOMARZO, the opera by the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, streamed live from Teatro Real Madrid in its first Spanish production starts at least like a fairy tale.

Is Bomarzo a dreamy garden of fairy tales… or of ghoulish nightmares? Bomarzo is a place where monstrous figures sculpted on volcanic rocks lie in wait. It is the nightmare setting of Manuel Mujica Lainez's most important novel that he also adapted into an opera libretto. The main character, Duke Pier Francesco Orsini, is a mentally and physically deformed person. In search of immortality, he drinks what he thinks is a magic potion, but in fact, it is a poison which kills him.  While he agonizes, Orsini remembers decisive and often traumatic moments of his life in a terrifying game of mirrors where the stone spectres are nothing but a reflection of his dark inner self. 

When Alberto Ginastera was commissioned to write an opera for the Opera Society of Washington, the composer was clear about using this story. He gave it a complex musical language and this inundates the perturbing scene. The Teatro Real presents BOMARZO for the first time in Spain, indisputably it is a reference point of Latin American music (and literature) of the 20th century.


John Daszak - Pier Francesco Orsini
James Creswell - Gian Corrado Orsini
Hilary Summers - Diana Orsini
Germán Olvera - Girolamo
Damián del Castillo - Maerbale
Nicola Beller Carbone - Giulia Farnese
Albert Casals - Nicolas Orsini
Thomas Oliemans - Silvio de Nardi
Milijana Nikolic - Pantasilea
Francis Tójar - Messenger
Choir - Chorus of Teatro Real
Orchestra - Orchestra of Teatro Real
Composer - Alberto Ginastera
Libretto - Manuel Mujica Lainez
Music director - David Afkham
Director - Pierre Audi
Choir director - Andrés Máspero
Sets - Urs Schönebaum
Lighting - Urs Schönebaum
Costumes - Wojciech Dziedzic
Choreography - Amir Hosseinpour, Jonathan Lunn
Dramaturge - Klaus Bertisch
Video - Jon Rafman

Available until

04 June 2017 at 23h59 CET


The Opera Platform presents Ginastera – BOMARZO from Teatro Real. Starting 09 May 2017 at 17h00 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme. Subtitles in six languages will not be provided.