Three of the most important lyrical singers of today meet this week at the Royal Theatre in the baptized as Festival of the Stars. A gift for opera and music lovers featuring the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and spanish Javier Camarena.
DiDonato was the first to take the stage of the Madrid Coliseum on Wednesday night. Some boards that he already conquered in 2018 with Dead Man Walking, the contemporary opera by Jake Heggie. The versatile mezzo-soprano, with an admirable and enveloping timbre, once again dazzled the Royal performing with elegance works by Joseph Haydn, Gustav Mahler, Johann Adolph Hasse and Hector Berlioz, in the first part and cabaret songs, in the second.
At the piano he sat Craig Terry, with which he won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for the Songplay album. At the end of the recital, Joyce DiDonato delivered some moving words that received another ovation from the audience.
This Thursday it will be the turn of Jonas Kaufmann, who returns to the Royal Theater with a concert dedicated mostly to the German lieder, accompanied by Helmut Deutsch, one of the most profound and sensitive pianists in this type of repertoire. Together they will perform an extensive program with works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Friedrich Silcher, Alexander Zemlinsky, Piotr Ilich Chaikovski, Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Carl Böhm, Antonín Dvořák y Edvard Grieg.
He Festival of the Stars Javier Camarena will close it this Friday with a lyrical concert in which he will perform with the Titular Orchestra of the Royal Theater, under the direction of Iván López-Reynoso, interpreting arias from The Italian in Algiers and Ricciardo and Zoraide by Gioachino Rossini; of Dom Sébastien, King of Portugal, Two men and a woman, Don Pasquale y Roberto Devereux, de Gaetano Donizetti; de Romeo and Julietby Charles Gounod, and King D’Ys, by Édouard Lalo.