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Caruso a CubaWorld première

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International Theater: Grote ZaalLeidseplein 26, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1017, Netherlands
2019 March 05, 06, 08, 09 at 20:30
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Hamel, Micha (b. 1970)Caruso a Cuba (World première)

AIDA IN HAVANA

A new composition by Dutch composer and conductor Micha Hamel, Caruso a Cuba is based on the novel Como un mensajero tuyo by Cuban author Mayra Montero.

ALLUSIONS TO VERDI’S AIDA

On the evening that Enrico Caruso sang Aida in Havana, a bomb exploded in the theatre. He fled out into the street and straight into the arms of the Chinese-Cuban Aida Cheng. In his stage make-up and Radamès costume, the singer surely raised a few eyebrows. Aida Cheng’s stepfather, a powerful Afro-Carib santero priest – prophesised not only the explosion, but also Aida Cheng’s love affair with Caruso and his untimely death.

CHAMBER OPERA

Hamel composed Caruso a Cuba as a chamber opera to be accompanied by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. It features a small chorus and eight solo roles, plus a vocalist as part of the orchestra.

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