The Casals de Puerto Rico Festival returns in person after 2 years

This content was published on March 28, 2022 – 19:08

San Juan, March 28 (EFE).- The Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, one of the most important musical events in the Caribbean, returns to the stage in person after a 2-year hiatus due to covid-19, an event that will be held at the Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center in the Caribbean capital.

The Musical Scenic Arts Corporation (CAEM) announced this Monday in a statement that after 2 years in which it was necessary to resort to hybrid formats -with a good part of the recorded concerts-, the Casals Festival returns from May 21 to 4 of June.

The concerts will take place in the Pablo Casals Symphony Hall, except for the grand closing with the presentation of the Ópera Carmen, which will be in the Antonio Paoli Festival Hall, inside the Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center.

This edition of the festival, under the artistic direction of maestro Maximiano Valdés, will begin on Saturday May 21 with a performance by pianist Yefim Bronfman, who will offer the opening concert.

REVERÓN TRIO PARTICIPATES On Sunday, May 22, the Reverón Trio will perform with a concert entitled A Latin American Journey.

The Venezuelan trio, made up of the pianist Ana María Otamendi, the violinist Simón Gollo and the cellist Horacio Contreras, will perform the pieces Emociones caucanas by Antonio María Valencia.

The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (OSPR) will be present on Saturday, May 28 under the direction of its principal conductor, maestro Maximiano Valdés.

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They will be accompanied by the American violinist Joshua Bell and the Puerto Rican soprano Larisa Martínez.

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO CHOIR On Sunday, May 29, the Concert Choir of the University of Puerto Rico, Coralia, directed by Carmen Acevedo, will perform.

On this occasion they will have the participation of the trumpeter Felipe Rodríguez and the pianists Diana Figueroa and Bryan Ojeda.

On Thursday, June 2, it is the turn of Colombian cellist Santiago Cañón Valencia, praised as one of the most promising young cellists of his generation.

For her part, Spanish guitarist Andrea González Caballero will display her talent on Friday, June 3.

The grand closing of this event will be in charge of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, with the presentation of the popular opera Carmen on Saturday, June 4, at the Antonio Paoli Festival Hall of the Santurce CBA.

OPERA BY GEORGES BIZET

For this opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, the OSPR will be directed by the Spanish Josep Caballé Domenech.

The piece will be starred by the Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez playing Carmen and the tenor Rafael Dávila in the role of Don José.

The cast is completed by Zulimar López, Ricardo Rivera, Ricardo Sepúlveda, Elizabeth Rodríguez, Patricia Vásquez, José Daniel Mojica, Vicente Portalatín and Alejandro Márquez.

This presentation is a co-production with Ópera de Puerto Rico and with the stage direction of Gilberto Valenzuela.

The show will feature a choir directed by Jo-Anne Herrero and a special participation by the San Juan Children’s Choir.

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The festival was founded in 1956 by the Spanish musician Pablo Casals, who for years lived in exile on the Caribbean island. EFE

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