In “National Lyric Theater of Cuba: A Jewel of National Culture,” Margarita Barrio (Cubanow) writes about the National Lyric Theater of Cuba’s celebration of its 50th anniversary:
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation, the National Lyric Theater of Cuba (TLNC) will be presenting new shows that include revivals from its repertoire and remakes of the most important famous operas, such as some classics by Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, and Lehar. “La Corte del Faraón,” “The Magic Flute,” “La Traviata,” “The Merry Widow,” “La verbena de la paloma,” and “Madam Butterfly” will be restaged in different theaters of the country, while the remake of the traditional Spanish operetta “La malquerida” will be premiered. Chamber operas also have a space in the celebration, and small-format ensembles will accompany the interpretations of Menotti’s “The Medium,” Pergolesi’s “The Servant Turned Mistress,” and Mozart’s “Bastien and Bastienne.”
Colloquiums, exhibitions, recognitions to celebrities of this genre, publications, and workshops on the creation and appreciation of artistic arts will be held in parallel to the presentations.
[. . .] The first signs of this art form in Cuba date back to 1776, when Didone abbandonata (Dido Abandoned) was premiered in Havana, to a libretto by Metastasio and music by an unknown author. During the 19th century, important operas from the universal repertoire were also staged in Havana, such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rossini’s Tancredi and Semiramide, and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Lucia di Lammemoor, and Roberto Devereux.
Several personalities of the world of opera performed at the Gran Teatro de Tacón, currently the Great Theater of Havana. The list includes such famous names as Jenny Lind, Adelina Patti, Ignazio Marini, Erminia Frezzolini, Enrico Tamberlick, Paulina Lucca, and Enrico Caruso, among others.
Late in the 1920s, the Pro Art Musical Society inaugurated the Auditorium Theater, which would later become an important venue for this art form. With the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, this artistic manifestation received fresh impetus, and was more available to the people. The National Lyric Theater of Cuba was officially created on November 11, 1962. Few days later, the García Lorca Theater of Havana –today the Great Theater of Havana– staged the Spanish zarzuela Luisa Fernanda, by Moreno Torroba and directed by maestro Félix Guerrero, with the performances of Rosita Fornés, Alba Marina, Armando Bianchi, and Ángel Menéndez, among others.
The success of the National Lyric Theater of Cuba, both in the country and abroad, is pride and joy for all Cubans, while many people are amazed at seeing such excellent mastery of that art form in a Latin American and Third World country like Cuba.
For original article, see http://www.cubanow.net/pages/articulo.php?sec=4&t=2&item=10084