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MUSIC “Master Peter's Puppet Show” Opera by Neemrana Foundation at The Park Hotel, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (CP) > 5pm & 7pm on 23rd April 2017

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Time : 5:00 pm Add to Calendar 23/04/2017 17:00 23/04/2017 18:30 Asia/Kolkata MUSIC “Master Peter's Puppet Show” Opera by Neemrana Foundation Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/04/music-master-peters-puppet-show-opera.html The Park Hotel, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi DD/MM/YYYY and 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 23/04/2017 19:00 23/04/2017 20:30 Asia/Kolkata MUSIC “Master Peter's Puppet Show” Opera by Neemrana Foundation Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/04/music-master-peters-puppet-show-opera.html The Park Hotel, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi DD/MM/YYYY

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served Basis)

Venue : The Park Hotel, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi
Landmark : Opposite Jantar Mantar
Venue Info : newdelhi.theparkhotels.com | Map | Nearest Metro Station - 'Patel Chowk(Yellow Line)' 

Event Description : 
MUSIC
“Master Peter's Puppet Show” by Neemrana Foundation, stage direction by Varun Narain 

Cast: 
Don Quijote (Don Quixote) (bass or baritone) Edwin Joseph 
Maese Pedro (Master Peter) (tenor) Akash Gadamsetty 
Trujamán, the boy (boy soprano) Neemrana Children Choir and Blind Relief Association

Grupo instrumental : Piano – Oscar Lobete (Spain); Violin – Dielle
Braganza (India); Violín / Violin – Tomasz Pajak (Poland); Cello – Avery Waite (USA); Contrabajo /
Double bass – Ekaterina Aristova (Russia); Flute – Natalie Ramirez (Mexico); Clarinet – Alaric
Diniz (India); Percusión / Percussions – Maressa Mc Call (USA); Guitar – Yogi Ponappa (India)

About the opera: El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter's Puppet Show) is a puppet-opera in one act with a prologue and epilogue, composed by Manuel de Falla to a Spanish libretto based on an episode from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The libretto is an abbreviation of chapter 26 of the second part of Don Quixote, with some lines added from other parts of the work. Falla composed this opera "in devoted homage to the glory of Miguel de Cervantes" and dedicated it to the Princess de Polignac, who commissioned the work. Because of its brief length by operatic standards (about 27 minutes), its very challenging part for a boy opera performer (who has by far the most lines), and its use of puppets, it is not part of the standard operatic repertoire.

Synopsis: In a stable of an inn at an unidentified location in La Mancha de Aragón, Spain, between 1605 and 1615, the puppeteer "Maese Pedro" and his puppet show performed the story of Melisendra, wife of Don Gaiferos, captive of the Moorish king Marsilio. She is released by her husband and the final chase by the Moors is interrupted by "Don Quixote" who charges at the puppet show.

About the composer: Manuel de Falla, (born November 23, 1876, Cádiz, Spain—died November 14, 1946, Alta Gracia, Argentina), the most distinguished Spanish composer of the early 20th century. In his music he achieved a fusion of poetry, asceticism, and ardour that represents the spirit of Spain at its purest. Falla took piano lessons from his mother and later went to Madrid to continue the piano and to study composition with Felipe Pedrell, who inspired him with his own enthusiasm for 16th-century Spanish church music, folk music, and native opera, or zarzuela. In 1905 Falla won two prizes, one for piano playing and the other for a national opera, La vida breve (first performed in Nice, France, 1913). In 1907 he moved to Paris, where he met Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and
Maurice Ravel (whose orchestration influenced his own) and published his first piano pieces and songs. In 1914 he returned to Madrid, where he wrote the music for a ballet, El amor brujo (Love, the Magician; Madrid, 1915), remarkable for its distillation of Andalusian folk music. Falla followed this with El corregidor y la molinera (Madrid, 1917), which Diaghilev persuaded him to rescore for a ballet by Léonide Massine called El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat; London, 1919). Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Madrid, 1916), a suite of three impressions for piano and orchestra, evoked the Andalusian atmosphere through
erotic and suggestive orchestration. All these works established Falla internationally as the leading Spanish composer. Falla then retired to Granada, where in 1922 he organized a cante hondo festival and composed a puppet opera, El retablo de Maese Pedro. Like the subsequent Harpsichord Concerto (1926), containing echoes of Domenico Scarlatti, the Retablo shows Falla much influenced by Igor Stravinsky. Falla’s style was then Neoclassical instead of Romantic, still essentially Spanish, but Castilian rather than Andalusian. After 1926 he wrote little, living first in Mallorca and, from 1939, in Argentina. 

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