Over the weekend, one of the most wanted moments of the project took place. After so much work, ramifications of FloatingStudio research are gradually materializing. A very important part is this, the opera La Gioconda, (translated from the Italian La Jocunda), with music by Amilcare Ponchielli and libretto in Italian by Arrigo Boito that was presented in Milan in 1876. Without explaining the research in depth, I share that this was the opening opera of the Amazon Theater in Manaus in the Brazilian Amazon on January 7, 1897, in the middle of the rubber fever effervescence.
Its context is the main reason why I decided to recompose the lyrics of an excerpt from this opera. This process, which has many points of collaboration along the way, is born in the Amazon River. Its lyrics are a creation based on meetings, dialogues, activities and interviews conducted in the Peruvian Amazon and from the distance, with people from different points of the riverbed.
Here you can see some images of the vocal recording with the soprano singer Vanessa Saenz Arconada, whom I thank on behalf of the project for her engagement and dedication to make this idea a reality. I also thank Aitor Sánchez Smith for his support in production and photography, Houari Raúl Lopez Aldana for his advice on vocal technique during recording and Javier Escudero for his sound prowess from Cubex recording studio.
This opera is part of the project Estudio Flotante cuando el río suena a Amazonas and will be presented at the artistic-ritual meeting 'Cuando el río suena' in Seville (Spain) that takes place on July 27 and 28.
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