The sumptuous allegorical and emblematic world of Spanish Baroque opera still has a very marginal presence on the Spanish stage. This production of Antonio Literes’s Los elementos is the first foray into this area in the Chamber Music Theatre format. With an all-female cast, according to the conventions of the period, this “harmonic opera in the Italian style” was composed to celebrate the anniversary of the Duchess of Medina de las Torres in the intimate setting of her palace. Dating from the very early years of the eighteenth century, the opera amalgamates the Spanish theatrical tradition and the Italian operatic style with the unique and original results typical of this splendorous period in the history of Spanish music.
The ninth production of Chamber Music Theatre, coproduced by the Teatro de la Zarzuela and the Fundación Juan March, pushes back the time limits of the project to early eighteenth-century Baroque opera for the first time.