CARL ORFF's "CARMINA BURANA" BY LA FURA DELS BAUS
This performance was on saturday, july 29, 2023 from 8:00pm - 10:00PM
Presented by Artpark
Artpark Mainstage Theater
Gates open at 7:00 PM
All times and dates are subject to change
This performance was sold out!
"Barcelona’s La Fura Dels Baus has brought their production to Western New York for it’s North American premiere in what can best be described as an intriguing avant garde theatrical event to tempt the senses" - Michael Rabice, Broadway World
“By all accounts, Saturday was a resounding success and turned a page in Artpark’s history, where opera and multiple artistic disciplines can be celebrated on a global scale,” Artpark President Sonia Clark said. “We are grateful to our artists, staff, funders, and the public for the support. It takes a very special community to lift a program such as we are having for our 50th season.”
Barcelona-based theatrical troupe La Fura dels Baus’ production of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” one of the most beloved and recognizable pieces of music ever composed, involved more than 200 performers from Western New York and around the world, including members of the Catalan troupe and director Carluss Padrissa, Tanzen Dance, a youth choir, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, all under the baton of Artpark Opera Curator and Conductor in Residence Gil Rose.
“I can’t think of a better way to bring back opera in Artpark style than with ‘Carmina Burana,’ á La Fura dels Baus,” Rose said. “The energy was palpable and the evening one to remember.”
This production marked an unforgettable moment in the storied venue’s 50th consecutive season of public art and performance.
“This was a one-night-only, once-in-a-lifetime performance,” Clark added, “but now our guests and patrons can count on a permanent home for opera here at Artpark.”
More than 325,000 people have experienced the spectacle of La Fura dels Baus’ production of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
Now, for one-night only, this groundbreaking performance makes its North American premiere at Artpark.
220 artists lead you into an immersive world of striking imagery and special effects. An international cast of vocalists takes to the air and water. And the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gil Rose and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus perform the powerful, breathtaking score.
Actors from Shakespeare in the Park will entertain patrons in the Mainstage Theater Terrace starting at 7:00PM, and Harmonia Chamber Singers will perform at 8:00PM prior to Carmina Burana. Lilly Belle Meads will also be providing samples of their beverages prior to the show.
Enjoy a beverage and mingle with fellow Artpark opera supporters on the Mainstage Terrace following the performance. A cash bar will be available and cast members, musicians, singers and dancers will join in the fun as we celebrate the return of fully staged opera to Artpark.
“If there is a great and sensual score, glorious and energetic, erotic and explosive, as full of life and sin as it is of irony, parody and excess, that is the provocative Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff…the Bavarian composer and lover of excess wanted to make a cantata that would dazzle with its magnetism and spectacular music."
“Those medieval texts written between the 12th and 13th centuries, found in the monastery of Bura Sancti Benedicti (Bavaria), where the monks and students laughed at everything established and sang of excessive pleasure, wine, revelry, and sex with and without condemnation, have lasted throughout the 20th century and continue to do so in the 21st, since Orff put them to music in 1938. Pure gold for a group like La Fura dels Baus.”
– Excerpts from a 2009 review in Spanish publication El Pais
“For nearly 45 years, La Fura dels Baus has been rocking, blowing up stages, opera houses, venues, tents, bullrings, football stadiums. Now they land at Artpark to offer his theatrical vision of one of the musical works that is performed the most throughout the world.”
– Carlus Padrissa, Director
Photos by Jordan Oscar.
Carl Orff's CARMINA BURANA
a FURA DELS BAUS & IBERCAMERA production
Carlus Padrissa, Stage Director and Set Design
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Gil Rose
Antoni Marsol Puig, Baritone
Luca Espinosa Gil, Soprano
Amparo Navarro Serra, Soprano
Jordi Domenech Subirans, Countertenor
Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Carlos Matías Sanchez Garcia - Lighting Designer
Aitziber Sanz Pascual - Costume Design
David Cid Moragas - Video
Zamira Italica Pasceri - Stage Manager & Assistant Director
Josep M. Vilaregut - Technical Director
Marcel Riu Bonvehi - Fura dels Baus Tour Producer
Meritzell Vinas Sarda, General Manager
Chu Uroz – Costume and make up design
Full Animation – Video design
Produced by: IBERCAMERA
More info on La Fura dels Baus:
La Fura dels Baus is a theatrical group founded in 1979 in Barcelona, Spain and renowned for its eccentricity, innovation, adaptation, rhythm, evolution and transgression. Such characteristics led the company to pioneer the reconceptualization of two of the most significant aspects of the dramatic art – the theatrical space and the public. Thus, respectively, they redefined the space by moving it to non-conventional ones – and changed the public role from passive to active, which meant a breaking of the “fourth wall”. And it is that there is no creation without risk – a compiled premise from the beginning, since their first street shows, where the authentic essence of La Fura was born. NME has stated the group "creates a kind of adult adventure playground of fun, danger, slapstick and fantasy.” Among their many large-scale productions seen worldwide, the group has performed at high profile events including the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the 2010 opening of the Perth International Arts Festival, and more. In the US, the company was last seen with its production of Haydn’s “Creation” at Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, New York:
More info about Gil Rose:
Often referred to as “a musician helping to shape the future of classical music”, Gil Rose is acknowledged for his “sense of style and sophistication” by Opera News, noted as “an amazingly versatile conductor” by The Boston Globe, and praised for conducting with “admiral command” by The New York Times and has been called “one of the most adventurous conductors in the world” by KUSC Radio. Over the past two decades he has built a reputation as one of the country’s most inventive and versatile conductors. His dynamic performances on both the symphonic and operatic stages as well as over 100 recordings have garnered international critical praise.
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