Do you marry your childhood sweetheart or the wealthy man who adores you? And what do you do with the intriguing lady who seduces a childhood sweetheart?
It seems like a typical romance novel or cleaning soap opera plot.
As an alternative, it’s the most important plot of the zarzuela, “Luisa Fernanda,” which Ópera UTEP will current on April 7 and 9 on the Magoffin Auditorium on campus.
“Zarzuela has been an curiosity of mine, even lengthy earlier than I moved to El Paso,” stated Opera UTEP director Cherry Duke, who directs zarzuela, a Spanish operetta. “After I came upon that El Paso used to host a global zarzuela competition, I knew I needed to convey zarzuela again to our metropolis.”
Within the conventional “Luisa Fernanda” narrative, Duke stated, “the story is about Vidal, a wealthy however rustic landowner from the countryside, who’s in search of a spouse: Luisa Fernanda. However Luisa Fernanda is in love with the boy subsequent door, Javier.
Javier left his nook of Madrid and have become a high-ranking navy man. He has nearly forgotten about his girlfriend from his neighborhood and when he returns, he’s seduced by Duchess Carolina.
“In the meantime, the individuals of Madrid, together with Luisa, are bored with the monarchy’s unjust rule and search to overthrow the steadiness of energy,” Duke stated. “To oppose Javier, Vidal allies himself with the rebellion and turns into a hero in a subsequent battle.”
As a result of she needed to be respectful and genuine with the UTEP presentation, Duke did her analysis earlier than trying the zarzuela.
“Along with learning Spanish for the previous two years, final summer season I skilled extensively in New York Metropolis with ‘the king of zarzuela,’ director and pianist Pablo Zinger. Final spring, Pablo just about skilled our UTEP de Ópera singers on zarzuela items they have been making ready for that semester’s live performance of scenes.”
This previous summer season, Duke additionally spent loads of time with El Paso’s Rita Triana, one of the revered performers of conventional Spanish dance in america.
Duke stated he has liked working together with his college students and varied professionals to placed on the present.
“We have had loads of deep discussions about characters, tradition, relationships and private duty,” he stated. “Studying a full function in an opera, musical or zarzuela is daunting at finest, and this present isn’t any exception.”
The primary visitor roles are UTEP voice instructor Phillip Hill as Vidal and El Paso native Diego Valdez, who’s pursuing an opera profession in New York, as Javier. Duke’s husband, Brian Downen, additionally performs a distinguished function together with different members of the voice college.
The choir, primarily members of the UTEP Live performance Chorale, directed by Elsa Fraser Wilson, additionally play a big function within the present. Within the pit there can be a 45-piece orchestra carried out by El Paso Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bohuslav Rattay.
However the primary function and the villain are performed by two UTEP elders: Odalis Aguirre as Luisa Fernanda and Rebeca González because the conniving Duchess Carolina.
“Luisa Fernanda’s character is trustworthy, obedient, truthful and caring,” Aguirre stated. Luisa additionally struggles to determine if she desires to proceed preventing for Javier’s love or give her love one other likelihood by marrying Vidal, who loves and respects her.
Aguirre, who started singing mariachi and later added classical music to her repertoire, stated that zarzuela “is a artistic outlet stuffed with taste and romance, like a cleaning soap opera.”
But it surely additionally has a objective, he added.
“For me, ‘Luisa Fernanda’ is a narrative about standing up for what you like and what you imagine in. The individuals of Madrid selected to stand up and combat for freedom and so did Luisa Fernanda”.
“The lesson to be discovered from this zarzuela is that justice is available in alternative ways and that everybody has the fitting to talk up and rise up for what is true,” Aguirre stated. “Come to this system and see which facet Luisa chooses and who she offers her coronary heart to.”