Yo, Dalí, opera in 4 acts

Xavier Benguerel (1931 - )

Yo, Dalí is a full-length opera with all the ingredients.

The opportunity to compose such a large work came to Benguerel through a commission from the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2001 to commemorate the centenary of Salvador Dali’s birth in 2004.

But the work was not premiered on that occasion and passed through many vicissitudes before it was finally staged at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid on 8 June 2011.

For the libretto, the Benguerel turned to the Catalan playwright Jaime Salom, who wrote a very suitable story where hilarious scenes alternate with other very dramatic ones to give an idea of what the complex life of this painter with his many complexes was really like.

The play revolves around two main characters, Dalí and Gala, while the others appear sporadically, even if they are as famous as Paul Éluard, Luis Buñuel and Federico García Lorca.

It is written in four acts performed in two parts and the whole orchestrated work lasts about two hours.

Yo, Dalí in the Liceo Theatre

The first, second and fourth acts are each split into four scenes while the third has just one scene.

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"Crea un texto eficaz (Salom) de escenas breves que proponen un relato lineal. Los libretos no han de ser excelentes, sino adecuados para un músico excelente. Benguerel lo es en muchos aspectos... Benguerel es un refinado orquestador, la riqueza tímbrica de la obra es a ratos penetrante, nunca gratuita"

"L'actualitat operística, que ens ofereix l'estrena a Barcelona de Yo, Dalí de Xavier Benguerel, ens perrnet tomar a omplir els vasos comunicants que hi ha entre la música, la pintura i el teatre."

"Hay momentos de gran intensidad dramática"

"De aquí la apuesta para que Yo, Dalí, pueda ser, con el tiempo, una ópera a considerar con vista a programarla sucesivamente por todas partes... Yo Dalí tiene un temple teatral porque sabe basarse en un libreto sintético y sin pretensiones."

Benguerel trasciende todo lo escuchado / presenciado hasta ese momento con una música de creciente entraña y progresiva hondura, a través de la muerte sucesiva de los dos personajes principales, Gala y Dalí.

Jaime Salom conoció de cerca a este extraño matrimonio y creó un libreto con grandes dosis de realismo, al cual le puso la partitura Benguerel y Xavier Alberti le aportó una Dirección escénica que redondea un espectáculo muy interesante sobre una de las figuras más internacionales del arte español del Siglo XX.[...] El futuro nos dirá si toda esta ópera queda solo en evento o se abre un camino en las programaciones de distintos teatros. Si esta última posibilidad ocurre y así lo deseo, el entrañable Teatro de la Zarzuela tendrá otro mérito que añadir a su dilatada historia.

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