La vida breve

Manuel de Falla's short opera "La vida breve" is perhaps the greatest
opera in the entire Spanish repertoire. Premiered in 1913, it is the tragic
story of the poor gypsy Salud, whose lover Paco betrays her and plans to
wed a wealthy young woman. In his production at Valencia's Palau de les
Arts "Reina Sofia", director Giancarlo del Monaco creates a psychological
drama in which Salud is on stage at all times, as if witnessing her own
living nightmare of blood and shame. Conductor Lorin Maazel, whom
national daily El Paìs hails as the "triunfador" of the evening, leads an
exquisite band of soloists headed by Chilean soprano Cristina Gallardo-
Domâs, Jorge de León Paco and María Luisa Corbacho.

Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: La vida breve
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Staged By: Giancarlo del Monaco
Soloist: Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Jorge de León, María Luisa Corbacho, Felipe Bou, Sandra Ferrández, Isaac Galán
Set: Giancarlo del Monaco
Orchestra: Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
Chorus: Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
Choreography: Goyo Montero
Video Director: Tiziano Mancini
Genre: Opera
Length: 70 minutes
Cat.No.: A93001779
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