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Celebrating Songs of Spain

Posted on: September 8, 2020

We were bitten by the travel bug last month with nowhere to go. But thanks to the generous support from The Tourist Office of Spain, we were able to take a musical tour of the beloved European country without ever leaving our house (or couch for that matter).  

Gabriela Flores and Ana María Martínez celebrated songs of Spain in their breathtaking recitals that gave us our daily doses of quintessential opera magic, and Nicholas Brownlee quizzed us on classic composers from around the world. If you still need to experience their performances, or if you’re like us and want to re-watch them for the hundredth time, take a look below. 

From Spain, Cuba, Argentina and Mexico, Gabriela Flores performed an outstanding recital that will have you calling for an encore. This mezzo-soprano collaborated with tenor (and future husband) Gilberto Amaro for a celebration of Spanish songs featuring music by Spanish composers Fernando Obradors, Joaquín Rodrigo and Xavier Montsalvatge, along with a few beloved Latin American tunes 

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Gabriela Flores, mezzo; Gilberto Amaro, guitar

Canciones Clasicas Españolas 
Obradors
Polo del contrabandista
El Vito

J. Rodrigo
En Aranjuez, con tu amor

Cinco canciones negras

Montsalvage
Cuba dentro de un piano

C. L. Buchardo
Canción de Ausencia 4:32

Guastavino
La Rosa y el Sauce

Portillo de la Luz
Contigo en la Distancia  3:22

M. Grever
Te quiero dijiste 3:10 with Gilberto Amaro

Alfonso Esparza Oteo
Dime que si

Roberto Cantoral
Reloj

Gabriel Ruiz Galindo
Usted

Agustin Lara
Veracruz 2:51

Chucho Monge
Mexico Lindo y querido

Take a (virtual) journey across the world in today’s #LAOAtHome travel-themed installment of “Il TRIVIAtore” with Nicholas Brownlee. Thank you to the Spain.info for generously sponsoring today’s program. Game rules are in the pinned comment below – best of luck, opera fans!

Posted by LA Opera on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

This travel-themed episode of Il TRIVIAtore takes us around the world in just about an hour. Quizmaster Nicholas Brownlee tests your knowledge of different songs and composers from a dozen different countries, so study up if you haven’t already and join in on the fun.  

Ana María Martínez performed an unforgettable recital of captivating Spanish songs that reminded us why she's one of opera's biggest stars. Watch her beautifully sing “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka and other pieces from composers like Federico Moreno-Torroba, Joaquín Turina, María Grever, Monsita Ferrer, and more.  

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La Petenera (by Federico Moreno-Torroba)

Song to the Moon (from Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka)

Poema en Forma de Canciones (by Joaquín Turina)

Muñequita Linda (by María Grever)

Amanecer (by Monsita Ferrer)

Preciosa (by Rafael Hernández Marín)

Something's Coming (from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story)

You can learn more about the Tourist Office of Spain and their initiatives here.