Last night we went to Manuel de Falla's La Vida Breve: A Spanish Opera. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
The first thing I noticed was that the members of the orchestra were all dressed up. The men were wearing white bow-ties. They looked really nice.
They started off the program with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony Number 8 in F Major, Opus 93.
It was fun!
After the intermission the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir came out and soloists came on.
Here is a list of the soloists:
Nancy Fabiola Herrera, mezzo-soprano
Cristina Faus, mezzo-soprano
Aidan Ferguson, mezzo-soprano
Vicente Ombuena, tenor
Gustavo Peña, tenor
Alfredo García, baritone
Josep Miquel Ramón, bass-baritone
Pedro Sanz, cantaor
We got to read surtitles to help us understand what they were singing because they were singing in Spanish.
Nancy Fabiola Herrera played the part of Salud who was in love with Paco. Salud was REALLY in love with Paco. She was excellent!
My only word to describe Núria Pomares' dancing is "Wow!"
She's so amazing!
I wish that there was more guitar playing in the concert. I wanted to see more playing by Pablo Sáinz-Villegas.
I won't spoil the ending of the opera for you.
It was really good!