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Take a Musical Tour of Spain

Posted on: June 9, 2021

Itching to get out of Los Angeles and not quite ready to travel right now, but thinking about the future? Thanks to our friends at the Tourist Office of Spain, you can experience the beautiful art and sounds of Spain from wherever you are as you daydream of future travels. Watch, listen, and be swept away by the stories and musical stylings of Spanish artists and composers. 

Recitals from Gabriela Flores 

Last summer, Gabriela Flores celebrated songs from Spanish-speaking countries with a recital that had us calling for an encore. She beautifully performed music by Spanish composers Fernando Obradors, Joaquín Rodrigo and Xavier Montsalvatge, along with a few beloved Latin American tunes. Missed it last time around? You’re in luck. You can still watch it below. 

She’ll also be returning to our virtual stage again on June 25 for another recital, also sponsored by the Tourist Office of Spain, that’s chock full of some favorite Spanish songs from composers like Pablo Luna, Enrique Granados, Manuel Falla and more. Keep an eye out for more details coming in the next few weeks.  

The Five Moons of Lorca (Las cinco lunas de Lorca)

Our inaugural Digital Short, The Five Moons of Lorca (Las cinco lunas de Lorca), explored the beauty of poet (and Spain native) Federico García Lorca’s life as well as its tragic end. Set to Gabriela Lena Frank's composition and text from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, this work served as a commentary on the dangers of political and cultural intolerance. Watch dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez tie all of these components together in an astonishing performance that was filmed on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage back in December.  

Carmen streams

If you missed our audio stream of Carmen a while back, fear not. You can still experience this Bizet classic. The video is from Orquesta Reino de Aragón and is free to enjoy (with some ad breaks in between).

(Psst: if you’re looking for another full video of the opera, you can rent it via The Met on Demand if you don’t mind paying a small fee.)  

A special concert from Ana María Martínez

Speaking of Carmen, our very own Carmen from 2017, Ana María Martínez, hosted and curated a recital special for our friends at Lyric Opera of Chicago that celebrated music of the Spanish-speaking world. The performance featured selections from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Argentina, and Spain. Pasión Latina is available to stream for free below. 

Bonus: Il Trovatore  

In just two months, we’ll kick off our 21/22 season with a fan favorite opera that takes place in 15th century Spain. We’re talking about none other than the Verdi classic, Il Trovatore. Even though this operatic gem is sung in Italian, all the action happens in this beloved European country. Guanqun Yu stars as Leonora in this new to Los Angeles production that you don’t want to miss.

Still need tickets? Grab them here.

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