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“El Caserío”, at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao

January 21 and 23 saw the first two of six performances of El Caserío by Jesús Guridi, something we already announced in the this blog a few weeks ago. The venue is the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao (Pza. Arriaga,1), at 20:00 hrs. The other performances will be held on the 25 (reduced prices), 26, 28 and 29 of this month. The Work Jesús Guridi Vidaola premiered “El Caserío” – a comic opera in three acts that Tritó plans to publish soon – on 11 November 1926 at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. Born in Vitoria he was, however, a musician particularly linked to Bilbao. In this city, at a very young age, he participated in the activities of the famous “El cuartito”, lived, worked and married there, and composed and premiered works such as Mirentxu and Amaya. Not surprisingly he was a musician who had a deep emotional rapport with the people of Bilbao. Few people have not been moved when listening to Uncle Shanti singing Sasibil or have not smiled on seeing Inosensia netting a boyfriend with the business of "So says mother, Txomin, I have to get my act together." Because although the libretto was written by a Spaniard from Oviedo with his roots in La Mancha, Federico Romero, and a native of Madrid, Guillermo Fernández-Shaw, El Caserío is inherently linked to the sentiments of the people of Bilbao and the history of this theatre. For this reason, the Teatro Arriaga has decided to once again stage the operetta. The stage direction is by the young actor and director Paul Viar Bilbao, set design by Daniel Bianco, and costumes by Jesus Ruiz. The Rossini Choir and the Bilbao Philharmonia, directed by Miquel Ortega, and the extraordinary cast, promise a new triumph for this delightful work. Show credits Music: Jesús Guridi Libretto: Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw Music direction: Miquel Ortega Stage direction: Pablo Viar Set design: Daniel Bianco Costume design: Jesús Ruiz Performers: Ángel Ódena, Marta Ubieta, Mikeldi Atxalandabasolo, Itxaro Mentxaka, Alberto Núñez, Izaskun Kintana, Antonio Rupérez, Jon Ariño Orchestra: Bilbao Philarmonia Coro Rossini This is a Teatro Arriaga production, coproduced by the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo For further information and tickets visit the Teatro Arriaga website.
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