7 to 8 pm ET

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York


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. 

7 to 8 pm ET

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York



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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. 


  • Conversation with Ignacio García-Belenguer Laita

Performance by the Cuarteto de Solistas de la Orquesta del Teatro Real:

  • Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806–1826): String Quartet No. 1 in D minor 

    I. Allegro  
    II. Adagio con espressione  
    III. Menuetto - Allegro - Trio moderato  
    IV. 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

In collaboration with

Teatro Real

Program Notes

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 2023 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, by the Howard Gilman Foundation, and by the Fan Fox and Leslie Samuels Foundation, by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University and the Mex-Am Cultural Foundation.