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Concert 4/11/2021 12:00 PM

MelodramasRousseau, the origin of melodrama

Ernesto Arias, Rosa Torres-Pardo, Celia Pérez and Amador Artiga

Works by G. A. Benda

In 1770, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Horace Coignet premiered Pygmalion, the first melodrama in history. In their attempt to reproduce human feelings in the most realistic manner possible, the philosopher and composer “invented” this hybrid genre, which combines spoken action and musical composition. Very soon, Enlightened Europe bowed to this theatrical experiment, of which Georg Benda would become a true specialist. The Bohemian composer, who in 1775 had premiered his melodrama Ariadne auf Naxos, would resort to Rousseau’s text—translated into German—to compose his successful Pygmalion in 1779. The Foundation looks towards the origins of the genre and revives Pygmalion and Benda’s Ariadne auf Naxos.

A Fundación Juan March production in collaboration with the Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao

      1. Georg Anton Benda (1722-1795)
      1. Pigmalión, melodrama en música con texto de Jean-Jacques Rousseau
      2. Ariadna en Naxos, melodrama en música con texto de Johann Christian Brandes

Traducción, revisión y adaptación de textos de Luis Gago. Producción inspirada en los estrenos en Madrid (1793) de estos melodramas a partir de las fuentes conservadas en la Biblioteca Nacional de España y la Biblioteca Histórica Municipal de Madrid.