Beaumarchais is an opera that is the result of a partnership between mala voadora, the composer, conductor and musicologist Pedro Amaral and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. It builds on Beaumarchais’ trilogy of plays The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother, all of which have been adapted for opera in the past. The three new versions were recorded in a studio, which was set up on Teatro Nacional D. Maria’s stage. There will be a soundproof booth, microphones, mixing desks, monitors, all the infrastructure. And the technicians (metalheads) – members of the working class who, fulfilling their political and social vocation and echoing Beaumarchais’ dramaturgy, come into conflict with the privileged of the system: the singers. The narrative of the plays and the narrative associated with the stage situation (the recording studio) end up blending together and, in the end, everyone reconciles, uniting in a spoken word chorus.

direction Jorge Andrade musical composition Pedro Amaral music Orquestra Gulbenkian with (actors) Anabela Almeida, Bruno Huca, Isabél Zuaa, Jorge Andrade, Marco Paiva and Tânia Alves (singers 1st cast) André Henriques, Carolina Figueiredo, Eduarda Melo, Joana Seara, Luís Rodrigues, Manuel Rebelo, Marco Alves dos Santos, Pedro Cachado (singers 2nd cast) Filipa Passos, José Bruto da Costa, Lucinda Gerhardt, Manuel Gamito, Pedro Casanova, Sara Afonso, Tiago Gomes pianist Joana Gama set design José Capela, with assistance from Henrique Margarido costumes José Capela, with execution by Aldina de Jesus (TNDM II) light Daniel Worm d'Assumpção stage photography José Carlos Duarte promotional image António MV promotional video Jorge Jácome and Marta Simões production direction Joana Costa Santos production assistance and communication Jonathan da Costa management and programming consultancy Vânia Rodrigues coproduction Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II


June 22 to July 2, 2017 ‧ Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lisbon)