EL BARBERILLO DE LAVAPIÉS
Francisco Asenjo Barbieri
Zarzuela in three acts
Libretto by Luis Mariano de Larra
Francisco Asenjo Barbieri and Luis Mariano de Larra position this town barber between the most deep-rooted tradition of the Iberian rhythms and the inevitable presence of the Italianising trend. He becomes the master of nobles with noble causes in an 18th-century Madrid that is struggling to expel the Italian Grimaldi from his control over the state and replace him with the Spaniard Floridablanca. The nobility is assisted by the people; Italy is moved aside by Spain through the weapons of the seguidilla and calesera, wielded by a barber who pays homage to Beaumarchais, while at the same time rejecting him.
|Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez||Alfredo Sanzol||Alejandro Andújar||Pedro Yagüe||Antonio Ruz|
|Direcció musical||Direcció d´escena y adaptación del texto||Escenografía y vestuari||Iluminació||Coreografía|
|Borja Quiza||Sandra Ferrández||Maria Miró||Javier Tomé||David Sánchez||Abel García||Ángel Burgos|
|Lamparilla||Paloma||Marquesita del Bierzo||Don Luis de Haro||Don Juan de Peralta||Don Pedro de Monforte||Lope|
Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
Orquestra de la Comunitat ValencianaA Teatro de la Zarzuela production
In 1776, during the reign of Carlos III, political conspiracies were rife in the streets in an attempt to oust the Marquis of Grimaldi from government and replace him with the Count of Floridablanca. Estrella, Marchioness of Bierzo, is conspiring in favour of this change, with the aid of her faithful friend the seamstress Paloma. Paloma persuades her boyfriend Lamparilla, a barber and dentist who is extremely popular in the neighbourhood of Lavapiés, to help her in mobilising people in the street. Among the supporters of Grimaldi are his nephew Don Luis, who is the fiancé of the Marchioness, but also her political rival. This situation keeps him in a permanent state of nervous tension, because he suspects that she is behind the street disturbances that have twice prevented those conspiring against his uncle from being captured. When Floridablanca finally gains power, the Marchioness leaves with her beloved Luis into exile.