7 to 8 pm ET
Cuarteto de Solistas de la Orquesta del Teatro Real. (Image: Javier del Real)
Cuarteto de Solistas de la Orquesta del Teatro Real
The string quartet, whose members are soloists at the Teatro's orchestra, play Spanish music spanning a century.
The Teatro Real (Royal Opera of Madrid) is one of the world's leading opera houses. Founded in 1818, the theater is located in front of the Palacio Real and was inaugurated in 1850 with Donizetti's La Favorita. It has hosted the most renowned singers and composers of the past two centuries, including Giuseppe Verdi, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, and Stravinsky. Teatro Real was awarded the Best Opera House in the World at the International Opera Awards 2021.
The Cuarteto de Solistas de la Orquesta del Teatro Real makes its New York debut with a program of Spanish music from classicism to the avant-garde of the early 20th century.
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806-1826): String Quartet No. 1 in d minor
Adagio con espressione
Menuetto - Allegro - Trio moderato
Adagio – Allegretto
- Joaquin Turina (1882-1949): La oración del torero, op. 34
- Eduard Toldrá (1895-1962): Vistes al mar
Cuarteto de Solistas de la Orquesta del Teatro Real:
Violin I: Gergana Gergova, violin II: Sonia Klikiewicz, viola: Wenting Kang, cello: Dragos Balan
About the speakers
Ignacio García-Belenguer Laita was born in Zaragoza in 1967. He has been director general of the Teatro Real since April 2012 and is a member of the governing board of the institution. He is vice president of the Asociación de Teatros de Ópera de España. A member of the Cuerpo Superior de Administradores Civiles del Estado since 1995, he received his law degree from the Universidad de Zaragoza and studied political science and sociology at the UNED. He also holds master's degrees in public policy from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid and Public Leadership from the IESE Business School of the Universidad de Navarra. He was awarded the Encomienda al Mérito Civil by the King and Queen of Spain in 2003. Until his appointment in 2012 at Teatro Real, his government career included work for the national and municipal governments in culture and data protection positions. He has taught at several Madrid universities, including Universidad Carlos III, Universidad Complutense, and Universidad Autónoma.
The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.
The Fall 2022 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Additional support comes from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.