Opera Hispánica’s 21/22 season will start on Thursday, November 4th, 2021 at 6 pm with a Kickoff Soirée at the Consulate of Argentina in New York. Presenting selections from its season with performances by selected guest artists and by its Elenco (OH Young Artists Development Program), it will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s birth. An exclusive event by invitation only for Opera Hispánica’s Círculo de Amigos, anyone can access it by becoming a supporting member of Opera Hispánica’s mission. Other exclusive offerings to our Círculo de Amigos will be access to the Dress Rehearsal of Cuando el Fuego Abrasa (starring nancy Fabiola Herrera) and Ñomongeta, and tickets with premium seating for Cuando el Fuego Abrasa, Y Volveré, and Ñomongeta.
OH first main event of the season will be Cuando el Fuego Abrasa, a double-bill featuring Oblivion (a series of tangos by Piazzolla, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth) and El Amor Brujo, with Spanish opera superstar, mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Argentinean baritone Gustavo Feulien, Latin Grammy Award©-winning bandoneon player Rodolfo Zanetti, Latin Grammy Award©-winning bass player Pedro Giraudo, pianist Rodrigo Ilizaliturri and the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra. A co-production with Teatro Grattacielo at the Ellen Stewart Theater (Creative Shares at La MaMa) on Saturday November, 13th at 7:30 PM, this double-bill will be conducted by OH General and Artistic Director, Argentinean conductor Jorge Parodi and directed by Argentinean stage director Malena Dayen. Exclusive reserved seating available to our Círculo de Amigos. Nancy Fabiola Herrera, the preeminent Spanish soprano from Canary Islands who recorded El Amor Brujo for Naxos, appears for the first time in a staged production of de Falla’s masterpiece. The event is possible in part by the generous support of International Oil and Gas, and is partially sponsored by the Consulate of Spain in New York. Tickets on sale now!!
Opera Hispánica is proud to present in mid-January a recital starring the great Chilean soprano Verónica Villarroel titled Y Volveré. The performance will feature boleros and songs from South America together with selections from the Canciones Españolas Antiguas by Federico Garcia Lorca, with guest appearances by Flamenco dancer Sonia Olla (who choreographed Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour Flamenco numbers) and cantaor Ismael Fernández. Including such songs as Armando Manzanero’s Cuando estoy contigo, Maria Grever’s Muñequita linda, and Garcia Lorca’s Las morillas de Jaén, the recital will be accompanied by a combo of piano, cello and percussion (date and location to be announced shortly).
Buenos Aires, Then and Now, a tribute to the diverse musical culture of Buenos Aires, with music from its iconic masters (Guastavino, Ginastera, López Buchardo and Piazzolla) and its contemporary voices (Esteban Benzecry). This song recital will take place on Tuesday, February 15that 8 PM at Merkin Hall, co-presented by Kaufman Music Center and New York Festival of Songs, created as a collaboration between New York Festival of Songs and Opera Hispánica, with the assistance of Jorge Parodi, featuring Brian James Myer and Raquel González, with Steven Blier as pianist and host. Single tickets ($20-70) available Sep 15 through the Merkin Hall Box Office.
Opera Hispánica will close its rich 21-22 season with the American premiere of Diego Sánchez Haase’s Ñomongeta (Conversation), the first opera in Guarani, in collaboration with the Americas Society and presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian in Washington and in New York City. Ñomongeta, a moving opera for solo tenor who accompanies himself on musical instruments of the original people of Paraguay, describes an imaginary conversation between the protagonist and Christopher Columbus on the effect of colonization. Performed by the Paraguayan tenor Jose Mongelós, this new production opens at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington on Thursday, May 12 and on Sunday May 15 in New York. Free admission. Exclusive seat reservation for our Círculo de Amigos.
Our main social and fundraising event, featuring local opera stars and young artists, it will take place on May 2022 in San Antonio, TX. More details coming soon.