Two different female voices on stage: that of one of the most celebrate and innovative flamenco singers, Spanish cantaora Maria Toledo, and that of one of today’s most acclaimed mezzos, Georgian Anita Rachvelishvili, who made the headlines interpreting the role of Carmen at La Scala on 7 December 2009, conducted by Daniel Baremboim and directed by Emma Dante, and who has recently been a celebrated Amneris in the Aida opening the new season of the Teatro Regio di Torino.
Both will be guest performers with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai on Thursday 3 December at 8.30 pm at Rai’s Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin – with live broadcasting on Radio3 – and will be presenting two different works by Manuel de Falla linking classical tradition to Spanish folklore: Anita Rachvelishvili will be interpreting Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (here presented in Berio’s 1987 Orchestral version), while Maria Toledo will be singing in De Falla’s El Amor Brujo, a gitanerìa in one act and two scenes (here presented in its 1915 version).
«Falla’s Siete Canciones – explains Anita Rachvelishvili – are a chamber piece of music asking for a totally different vocal approach than an operatic piece. Particularly the style has to be different: looking to flamenco is essential, thus using a different vocal approach and technique».
«El Amor Brujo – says on the other hand Maria Toledo – was written precisely to be sung by a flamenco singer: it allows me to focus on my quejíos, my personal way to approach lament. And through Candela’s character and my singing I can express all the love and hate, all the passion we are capable of as women!».
The Rai Orchestra will be led by Catalan orchestra conductor Josep Pons, who is Musical Director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and who will open the concert with four dances from the ballet Estancia by Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera, premiered in 1943 in their orchestral version. Estancia finds inspiration in José Hernández’ poem El gaucho Martín Fierro and is a tribute to the composer’s lands and folklore.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 4 December at 8.30 pm.