Rolando Villazón & Xavier de Maistre – Latin American songs and zarzuelas

6/29/2021, 7:30 p.m., Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague

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Rolando Villazón & Xavier de Maistre – Latin American songs and zarzuelas
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The world-famous tenor, Rolando Villazón, is a true phenomenon, an untamed natural element, “the most charming of today’s divos” (the London Times). He ranks among the most versatile artists whose career has encompassed the achievements of a dazzling opera and concert singer, a brilliant communicator, a witty writer, and since 2011 also an inventive opera stage director. A native of Mexico City, he is the holder of many prestigious awards and honours, including the title Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France which has become his second home.

Rolando’s relationship with Prague has been marked by great mutual affection: since 2012 he has kept returning to this city on regular invitations from Nachtigall Artists, each time bringing a new original programme. This time out, he has prepared a project entitled Across Latin America, sharing the platform with phenomenal harpist Xavier de Maistre. Formerly a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, Xavier de Maistre set out on an independent path as a soloist, focusing in his pursuits on the continuous exploration of new performing possibilities and repertoire options for this remarkable instrument. Among his other exploits so far has been an acclaimed harp arrangement of Smetana’s Vltava from the symphonic cycle Má vlast, and its fascinating interpretation which belies the fact that the composition was originally written for large symphony orchestra.

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Program

CARLOS GUASTAVINO (1912–2000)
1. Violetas
text: Luis Cernuda (1902–1963)
2. Se equivocó la paloma
text: Rafael Alberti (1902–1999)
3. La rosa y el Sauce
text: Francisco Silva y Valdés (1873–1940)

ANONYMOUS
Spanish Dance (from Cusco, Peru)
transcription for harp: Marcel Georges Lucien Grandjany (1891–1975)

ALBERTO GINASTERA (1916–1983)
Cancíon al árbol del olvido, op. 3
text: Fernán Silva Valdés (1887–1975)

Zamba
Triste
Arrorro
Chacarera
from the cycle 5 canciones populares argentinas, op. 10

CARLOS GUASTAVINO
Bailecito
for harp

EDUARDO SÁNCHEZ DE FUENTES (1874–1944)
Deseo

SILVIO RODRÍGUEZ (*1946)
En estos días
text: Silvio Rodríguez

YVETTE SOUVIRON (1914 – 2010)
Al banco solitario
text: Yvette Souviron

ALBERTO NEPOMUCENO (1864–1920)
Coração triste, Op.18 No. 1
text: Machado de Assis (1839–1908)

ZEQUINHA DE ABREU (1880–1935)
Tico-Tico no Fubá
for harp

ARIEL RAMÍREZ (1921–2010)
Alfonsina y el mar
text: Felix Luna (1925–2009)

La Llorona
Mexican Folksong

RUBÉN FUENTES GASSÓN (*1926)
La Bikina
text: Rubén Fuentes Gassón

LUIS ANTONIO CALVO (1882–1945)
Gitana
text: Luis Antonio Calvo

Project partners

Hlavní město Praha
Nadace ČEZ
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Rudolfinum
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Aria Hotel Prague