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26 Jul

BALLET NACIONAL SODRE

Friday, 26/07/2019 22:00

BALLET NACIONAL SODRE

El Quijote del Plata

Friday, 26/07/2019 22:00

A ballet where Quixotic fiction fuses with reality

Julio Bocca took over the reins of this ballet company in 2010 to completely transform it. Under his artistic direction, the Uruguayan company underwent the greatest transformation of its history, opening up the doors to the region and the world and a certain inclusion on the path to excellence. Now, under the artistic direction of Igor Yebra and following in the wake of the Argentinian director, the Ballet Nacional Sodre is making its début in Peralada. For the occasion, the company is presenting a work inspired by the union of the universal figure of Don Quixote with that of famous Uruguayan Arturo E. Xalambrí, a passionate, eccentric and extraordinary character, responsible for Montevideo housing one of the largest collections of books by Cervantes in Latin America. For the ballet, Spaniard Blanca Li has created a choreography full of entrances and exits of Xalambrí’s wonderful library, which houses thousands of editions of Don Quixote, and of the story of the most universal knight. A game of comings and goings showing the parallels between the two characters. As each scene plays out, the place transforms into the different settings that accompany the story of each adventure, inspired by the exploits of Don Quixote, told by Cervantes in his famous novel. With a stunning choreography, this ballet feeds on the music of great composers who based their scores on the literary work. A blend of fiction and fact that recalls the dream climate of the great titles of the classical ballet repertoire.
27 Jul

PINK MARTINI

Saturday, 27/07/2019 22:00

PINK MARTINI

Saturday, 27/07/2019 22:00

THE BEST OF PINK MARTINI
 
The Peralada audience knows them well. In 2014 they presented Get Happy and then returned two years later to celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary. This year, with Storm Large once again at the helm, Pink Martini returns to the Castell de Peralada Festival in what will be their only stop in the Catalan summer. To mark the anniversary of their famous song 'Je ne veux pas travailler', the band from Portland is presenting its new show, where they will play all their hits and delight the audience with a surprise or two. With over 3 million albums sold, the line-up that perfectly fuses danceable lounge beats with the orchestral elegance of the big bands of the 1940s, music hall and Latin jazz, will again thrill the audience with their universal music of a genuine vintage sound. A concert of songs everyone knows, besides the hits of the multilingual, multicultural band that has created its own style through renewing the classics. The band led by Thomas Lauderdale returns with its festive spirit of always and the sensuality of Large to offer their unmistakeable glamour and joy in this unmissable concert.
4 Aug

JOSEPH CALLEJA

Sunday, 4/08/2019 20:00

JOSEPH CALLEJA

Sunday, 4/08/2019 20:00

The tenor of unmistakable style

Joseph Calleja was just 13 years old when he decided that he wanted to be a singer after seeing the film The Great Caruso, performed by the tenor Mario Lanza. Since then, the Malta-born tenor has steadily established his rising career built step by step, savouring every one of the stages that his voice offers him. Today, Calleja regularly performs at such opera houses as the Metropolitan in New York, London’s Covent Garden and the Staatsoper in Munich. Exclusive artist with the prestigious Decca label, he has a lengthy discography, and in 2011 his DVD of La Traviata at the Royal Opera House alongside Renée Fleming was nominated for a Grammy. He will be making his festival début this summer with a recital of opera arias and song in the setting of the Carme Church; the ideal format to be able to savour his pure and luminous voice. A voice that perfectly combines the smoothest and sweetest lyricism, of a heart-rending suffering, with the depth and dimension needed for the great arias of Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti. He himself attributes his success to technique and discipline, but also to constant training. Over time, his voice has gained in body and strength in sharps, but his style continues to be unmistakable.
5 Aug

LA TRAVIATA

Monday, 5/08/2019 22:00

LA TRAVIATA

Monday, 5/08/2019 22:00

Sempre Libera: a Traviata that becomes a song to love and freedom
In keeping with the strong commitment to contribute to the Spanish opera scene, the Castell de Peralada Festival presents a new in-house production, once again with Paco Azorín as director and stage manager after the success achieved in 2015 with Otello by Verdi, awarded best production of the year at the Campoamor Lyric Awards. La Traviata (sempre libera) by Azorín seeks to move away from stereotypes and take a 180-degree turn to see and enjoy this love story from a new perspective: that of a liberated woman. As the director himself explains “the empowerment of women in the early twenty-first century has enabled us to see the world through different eyes, with a much more open, global and integrationist vision.” This Traviata presents the protagonist “as a free woman; a free spirit way beyond a superficial or stereotypical view. A woman who doesn’t need advice or protection to be herself at all times, to enjoy the life she wants to lead and to love Alfredo with complete freedom.” Once again, the festival has brought together a top-flight line-up for the occasion, led by Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova, one of the stars of today since she made her début in 2015 at Covent Garden in this role, substituting Sonia Yoncheva five hours before the start of the performance, achieving a resounding success thanks to her dazzling vocal power; the brilliant winner of the Operalia 2011 competition, tenor René Barbera – first prize by the jury and also the audience prize – will play Alfredo in Peralada;  and American baritone Quinn Kelsey will play Giorgio Germont, the role in which he made his début at the Royal Opera House in 2016. The Cor Intermezzo returns to the festival alongside the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu led by conductor Ricardo Frizza. A production, where nothing will be what it seems, although the characters will be completely free.
           
* With Azorín and Verdi, the Festival is starting a cycle that will continue in next year’s edition
7 Aug

LA TRAVIATA

Wednesday, 7/08/2019 22:00

LA TRAVIATA

Wednesday, 7/08/2019 22:00

Sempre Libera: a Traviata that becomes a song to love and freedom

In keeping with the strong commitment to contribute to the Spanish opera scene, the Castell de Peralada Festival presents a new in-house production, once again with Paco Azorín as director and stage manager after the success achieved in 2015 with Otello by Verdi, awarded best production of the year at the Campoamor Lyric Awards. La Traviata (sempre libera) by Azorín seeks to move away from stereotypes and take a 180-degree turn to see and enjoy this love story from a new perspective: that of a liberated woman. As the director himself explains “the empowerment of women in the early twenty-first century has enabled us to see the world through different eyes, with a much more open, global and integrationist vision.” This Traviata presents the protagonist “as a free woman; a free spirit way beyond a superficial or stereotypical view. A woman who doesn’t need advice or protection to be herself at all times, to enjoy the life she wants to lead and to love Alfredo with complete freedom.” Once again, the festival has brought together a top-flight line-up for the occasion, led by Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova, one of the stars of today since she made her début in 2015 at Covent Garden in this role, substituting Sonia Yoncheva five hours before the start of the performance, achieving a resounding success thanks to her dazzling vocal power; the brilliant winner of the Operalia 2011 competition, tenor René Barbera – first prize by the jury and also the audience prize – will play Alfredo in Peralada;  and American baritone Quinn Kelsey will play Giorgio Germont, the role in which he made his début at the Royal Opera House in 2016. The Cor Intermezzo returns to the festival alongside the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu led by conductor Ricardo Frizza. A production, where nothing will be what it seems, although the characters will be completely free.
           
* With Azorín and Verdi, the Festival is starting a cycle that will continue in next year’s edition
8 Aug

HUMAN LOVE, LOVE DIVINE

Thursday, 8/08/2019 20:00

HUMAN LOVE, LOVE DIVINE

Thursday, 8/08/2019 20:00

Handel or how human genius can achieve the divine
 
The Peralada Castle Carmen Church is once again the perfect setting for Baroque music. Human Love, Love Divine is the title of the concert offered by Núria Rial and Juan Sancho along with Baroque group Capella Cracoviensis conducted by Tomasz Adamus. The concert will be the precursor to a new record, which features the collaboration of the festival. The crossover of the words in the title of the programme illustrates the relationship between the human and the divine where love is concerned. The concert offers a selection of arias and duets for soprano and tenor from the operas and oratorios of G. F. Handel. In this sense, we would hope that the human perspective is present in the opera and the divine in the oratorio; however, this is not always the case, which is precisely the proof of how, in terms of love, the divine and the human go hand in hand and are sometimes even confused. A selection of pearls, the best duets for soprano and tenor from Handel’s meagre production and two of the best Spanish ancient music voices make this an unmissable concert for lovers of Baroque. 
9 Aug

JUAN DIEGO FLOREZ

Friday, 9/08/2019 22:00

JUAN DIEGO FLOREZ

Friday, 9/08/2019 22:00

AN EVENING FOR ROMANTIC OPERA
 
 It’s no secret that the Castell de Peralada Festival has a profound admiration and weakness for tenor voices. Over more than three decades, nearly all the most acclaimed tenors of every generation have appeared on its stages, and this year sees the return of the great Juan Diego Flórez to the festival. To mark the occasion, one of the most desired and sought-after voices by the best opera houses worldwide, a romantic bel canto tenor par excellence, will be singing alongside young soprano Ruzan Mantashyan on an evening where acclaimed conductor Guillermo García Calvo will be leading the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallés. The exquisite ability in the phrasing and the vocal quality of clear and luminous sharps of the Peruvian tenor, added to the acclaimed musicality and theatrical art of one of the most promising artists of her generation, will win over the hearts of the audience with a programme featuring the best duets and arias of the French and Italian romantic repertoire.
10 Aug

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL

Saturday, 10/08/2019 22:00

GUSTAVO DUDAMEL

Saturday, 10/08/2019 22:00

THE MAGIC OF A PRODIGIOUS CONDUCTOR MAKES ITS DEBUT AT PERALADA
 
His innate talent has elevated him to the category of genius. Resident conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfònica Simón Bolívar, Dudamel was the youngest conductor to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in the New Year Concert – an event reserved only for the greatest conductors – as well as being one of the most acclaimed conductors of his generation. His live performances captivate audiences and reproduce his philosophy of an optimistic and hopeful life filled with energy. A staunch champion of music education and social development through art, in 2009 he was considered by “Time” magazine to be one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The magic of the Venezuelan conductor will land this summer at the Castell de Peralada Festival, accompanied by the prestigious Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a unique programme that turns it into quite an event: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn with actress María Valverde as the narrator, and Gustav Mahler’s Titan, one of the most loved and performed symphonies by the great composer. Gustavo Dudamel has stated on several occasions that the first time he listened to a symphony orchestra, he was captivated. He has the same effect on the audiences who attend his concerts.
12 Aug

JESSIE J

Monday, 12/08/2019 22:00

JESSIE J

Monday, 12/08/2019 22:00

The artist presents her mix of electro-pop and R&B sounds in a unique concert

Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known as Jessie J, is a young British singer and songwriter considered one of the most important pop divas of the moment. Her debut album "Who You Are", connected with the soul of Motown and the hip hop of the nineties thanks to her wonderful and spectacular voice. This was followed by album number two - Alive (2013) and then Sweet Talker (2014) and after a four year break, came the applauded R.O.S.E. Edited by Republic Records and produced by DJ Camper and Kuk Harrell; the words Realisations, Obssesions, Sex and Empowerment make up the acronym title of their latest studio work.  In addition to having conquered the top of the international charts, Jessie J holds the title of being the first - and so far - the only British singer to have six Top 10 singles from the same album on the British Singles Chart list. Some of her biggest hits include Do It Like A Dude, Domino and Who You Are, through to the fiery Burnin Up, the explosive Bang Bang - (with the participation of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj) and then there are the most recent hits such as Queen and Easy On Me.
In her concert in Peralada she will perform songs both old and new for an unforgettable show. The new pop diva arrives ready to be crowned in Peralada.
13 Aug

DAMARIS GELABERT

Tuesday, 13/08/2019 20:00

DAMARIS GELABERT

Tuesday, 13/08/2019 20:00

Boys and girls, the phenomenon that is Dàmaris Gelabert is coming to the Petit Peralada
 
Educationalist, music therapist and singer Dàmaris Gelabert, a leading figure in children’s song thanks to new technologies, is coming to the Petit Peralada for the first time. Creator of over 150 songs, 13 albums and numerous shows for children, she will be presenting her album Naturalment, accompanied by a band of renowned musicians who also recorded the album. A work that “talks a lot about nature and enjoying the gifts we have close to us: friends, neighbours, family...”. On stage, two backing singers and Caterina Cuspinera, the little girl known by children for her appearances in some of Dàmaris’ most famous videos, such as Bon dia and M’agrada el Nadal, will be accompanying the singer. The Naturalment concert presents a varied repertoire, including Mediterranean music, country, rock, rumba and bossa nova. Songs to enjoy good music as a family that help us convey and reaffirm very important values, such as the importance of listening to older people, of eating healthily, of respecting and loving animals, of reading, friendship and ecology. A concert that will also include some of the singer’s most famous songs, which are now part of Catalan popular music.
14 Aug

BLIND DATE

Wednesday, 14/08/2019 22:00

BLIND DATE

Wednesday, 14/08/2019 22:00

A date with love in Peralada

Last year’s Festival saw the première of a new stage on one of the terraces of the Hotel Peralada Wine Spa & Golf, hosting the world première of El bis: a cabaret show with Xavier Sabata and featuring the stage management of Rafael R. Villalobos. This year, the festival is presenting a new voyeuristic proposal where the audience of “Blind Date” will be the privileged witnesses to a date between two “stage animals”, a meeting between two artists of very different languages and styles who have come together to create a curious symbiosis with love as its starting point. Together, they offer a musical journey with a synaesthesia of movements and sounds.  Blindfolded, without seeing each other, a chat brings about the meeting of the two protagonists. Sightless, they begin a love story that they will tell without words. Music and movement will be the only languages used by the two protagonists in an austere stage setting. From the spontaneity and freedom of both artists comes this little gem, which combines the style of one of the most acclaimed contemporary dancers and choreographers with the talent and sophistication of one of today’s most established musicians.
15 Aug

ACOSTA DANZA

Thursday, 15/08/2019 22:00

ACOSTA DANZA

Thursday, 15/08/2019 22:00

A NEW LOOK FOR CUBAN DANCE
Carlos Acosta, the prestigious and acclaimed dancer, star of the film Yuli directed by Icíar Bollaín and based on the dancer's autobiography Sin mirar atrás, published in Spanish by Plataforma Editorial, returns to the same stage where he presented the Spanish première in 2017 of his stunning new Cuban company, Acosta Danza. With a glittering career and countless successes as a dancer and choreographer, his innate talent for dance dazzles again, leading his own company founded in his native Havana. A young and surprising dance company capable of seducing audiences and critics worldwide in just three years since it was founded, where the pointe shoes, the traditional, the modern and the post-modern fuse completely naturally throughout the movements. Acosta Danza is, without a doubt, synonym for diversity, modernity and freshness. Crossover, fusion and a lot of dance come to Peralada this summer with choreographies such as Twelve by Jorge Crecis, Imponderable by Goyo Montero, by whom audiences can also see a new as yet untitled choreography, Mermaid by Sidi Larbi and Two by Russell Maliphant, the last two performed by Carlos Acosta himself exclusively for the Festival.

17 Aug

SONDRA RADVANOVSKY

Saturday, 17/08/2019 20:00
Sold out - Waiting list

SONDRA RADVANOVSKY

Saturday, 17/08/2019 20:00

The voice of the great soprano will pay homage to the great diva of the festival.

In the evening of 18 July 1987, a charity concert at the Carme Church entitled Mozart for Africa  – nocturnes, songs, canons and motets by the classical composer – by the great soprano Montserrat Caballé was the star of the opening day of the recently premièred Castell de Peralada Festival. However, Montserrat Caballé did not just open the Festival with her participation and vocal beauty, but together with Carmen Mateu, she dreamt of and had the idea for the cultural initiative in the Peralada Castle Gardens. In the early editions, the soprano from Barcelona took part assiduously in recitals, concerts and staged operas, becoming a key figure in the international projection of the Empordà festival. Peralada also became her home.
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, undisputed queen of the MET, is in the very top flight of the international lyric scene. Acclaimed and recognised in all the major opera houses in the world, she made her début in Spain in 2007 in a lyric gala in this festival. Since then, the North American soprano has won the hearts of the Peralada audience on four occasions. This year, she returns invited to star in the homage that the festival is paying to its most international diva. With a programme of songs and opera arias, Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the Carme Church, where she starred in a high-voltage recital in 2011. Past and present meet in some way on the stage of the Carme Church, the little gem of the mediaeval Castell de Peralada that so fascinated Montserrat Caballé.
Sold out - Waiting list
17 Aug

MAESTRO

Saturday, 17/08/2019 22:30

MAESTRO

Saturday, 17/08/2019 22:30

A fusion between the roots and the contemporary for an electrifying close
 
For the first time, Peralada is electronic and symphonic at the same tempo.  From the universal sound to the synthesiser. From Strauss to club music. From the violin to the beat box. This is MAESTRO: a unique show that journeys through and pays homage to the history of electronic music of the last 30 years through the mix between images of the club culture, a symphony orchestra and dance musicians live. “MAESTRO, Where dance music becomes classical” is the result of an unprecedented fusion. Advanced, eclectic and avant-garde music represented by electronic music, fused with the beauty, delicacy and inimitable identity of classical music. The great hits of dance music orchestrated by a symphony orchestra of over 80 musicians and artists performing hits by Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk, Avicii, Tiesto, Derrick May, David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Moby and Robert Miles, and many more, all combined with images that marked an era. MAESTRO will turn the Castell de Peralada Festival into a huge party in honour of the electronic culture. A unique show where the audience will go on a journey through time from the sounds of space, through the sound of the first heart, to the present day. 
FUNDACIÓ CASTELL PERALADA
Convent del Carme 17491 Peralada
Telephone: 972538292
E-mail: taquilla@festivalperalada.com

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