El Palacio Imaginado

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El Palacio Imaginado , chamber opera in three acts by Hilda Paredes. Libretto by Adriana Diaz Enciso, based on a story by Isabel Allende.

El Palacio Imaginado was co-commissioned by English National Opera, Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

The tape was produced at the Experimental Studio Heinrich Strobel Stiftung des Sudwestfunks in Freiburg, with the assistance of Stefan Tiedje.

The libretto includes poems by the following Mexican poets:
Poems in Maya by Briceida Cuevas-Cob, in Mazateco by Juan Gregorio Regino and in Zapoteco by Natalia Toledo. It also includes a selection of texts from the ancient Mayan compilation El Ritual de los Bacabe.

The composer wishes to thank the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for awarding her a fellowship and to acknowledge the collaboration of: Juana Catalina Méndez, Petra Iturbide, Eduviges and Benito Cortés, Gastón de la Luz Albino, Alberto Palacios, David Carrera, Paula Manuel Hernandez, Sofia Hernández Maria, Cristina Gómez López, Ma. Magdalena Gómez, Lucas Ruiz Ruiz, Iris Chilpcholp and her Grandmother, for their valuable contribution to the material on tape and of Radio UNAM for their help with recording. To Jorge Lara for his invaluable help with the recording. To Valentina Vapnarsky, for her collaboration and her advice in the Mayan language.



Adriana Díaz Enciso (Librettist) studied Communications at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. She has received scholarships from the Mexican National Council for the Arts and Culture (1991-1992) and of the Mexican Writers' Centre (1995), and in 1998 she was a resident writer at Ledig House, International Writers' Colony, in Ghent, New York. In November 2000, Díaz Enciso toured Ireland, giving readings of her poetry and fiction, and lecturing on Mexican literature at Trinity College, Dublin and the National University of Ireland in Galway. Enciso has published three books of poetry: Sombra abierta (Open Shadow); Pronunciación del deseo (de cara al mar) [Pronunciation of Desire (facing the sea]; and Hacia la luz (Towards the Light, Ditoria). Her novel La sed (Thirst) was published in 2001 by Mexican publishing house Colibrí. Currently, she is a freelance reader for Harvill Press in London, writes for several Mexican publications and is working on her third novel.

Hilda Paredes (Composer) was born in Mexico where she began to study piano and flute. As a composer she was an active participant in master classes at the Dartington Summer School with Peter Maxwell Davies and Richard Rodney Bennett. She graduated at the Guildhall School of Music and obtained her Master of Arts at City University in London. She completed her Ph.D at Manchester University. In 1988 she received the Music for Dance Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain for the creation of El Prestidigitador and was then invited to take part in the International Dance Course for Professional composers and choreographers. She took part in the first Garden Venture Opera Project at Dartington, organized by Covent Garden Royal Opera House in the summer of 1989, where her first music-theater pieces were completed. In 1990, the Arts Council of Great Britain awarded her the fellowship for composers to complete her first chamber opera The Seventh Seed, which is now released on CD by Mode Records, New York. She has been recipient of important awards in Great Britain, the USA and Mexico such as the Holst Foundation award for composers in the UK, the Sistema Nacional de Creadores Fellowship, the Rockefeller Fund for Culture Mexico/USA award and recently the prestigious J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship in New York. She is currently living in London as a freelance composer.

Peter Hirsch (Conductor) was born in 1956 and studied in Cologne. After having been the assistant to Michael Gielen at the Frankfurt Opera he was appointed First Kapellmeister there from 1984 to 1987. In 1985 he made his debut at La Scala conducting Luigi Nono’s Prometeo (world premiere of the final version). In the following year he conducted the premieres of Hans Zender’s opera Stephen Climax in Frankfurt as well as Nono’s Risonanze Erranti in Cologne. Many opera productions followed, amongst others in Vancouver, at the English and Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Amsterdam Opera (the reconstruction of the original version of Berlioz‘ Benvenuto Cellini) and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. Peter Hirsch is a guest conductor with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berliner Sinfonieorchester, the Radio Symphonie-Orchestras of Berlin, WDR Cologne and MDR Leipzig, RSO Frankfurt, L’Orchèstre National de Belgique, Residentie Orkest Den Haag and others as well as with all major German New Music Ensembles. He conducted numerous premières of works by Nono, Lachenmann, Zender, B.A. Zimmermann. During the 2002-03 season Peter Hirsch will be working with orchestras such as Cologne Philharmonic, Holland Symfonia and SWR Radio Symphony Freiburg (Nono: Prometeo).

Carlos Wagner (Director) was born and brought up in Caracas, Venezuela. He studied fine arts and dance in Barcelona, Spain and Munich, Germany and completed a three-year acting diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His recent productions include: Tosca by G. Puccini (Nationale Reisopera, Holland), Powder her Face by Thomas Adès (de Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp/Ghent), The Bear by W.Walton (The Opera Group; Buxton Festival), The Lighthouse by P.M. Davies (Neue Oper Wien), La Ronde by A. Schnitzler (RADA, London), The Rape of Lucretia by B. Britten (Flanders Opera Studio), Le Vere Valkirie by Boudewijn Buckinx (De Singel), Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart (Holland Park), Gli Equivoci Nel Sembiante by A. Scarlatti (Batignano), La Belle Hélène by Offenbach and Oliver! (Opera West), Cavalleria Rusticana by P. Mascagni and Pagliacci by R. Leoncavallo (Surrey Opera), Carmen by G. Bizet (Magdala Opera), Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini and The Undertaker World Premiere by Anton Tucapský (Trinity College of Music). He was also commissioned to devise and direct: Had I a Song a retrospective on the life of Ivor Gurney (Muziektheater Transparant), Orpheus Frequency and Syrinx (ENO Studio) and Between Two Worlds, a retrospective on the life of E.W. Korngold (Covent Garden Festival/Transparant). He also directed Wozzek by A.Berg in a masterclass on directing opera with Ruth Berghaus in Berlin.

Mauricio Elorriaga (Set and Costume Design) was born in Mexico in 1972 and educated in Mexico and England. He attended the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, worked on several productions and different roles as Actor, Assistant Director, Production Manager and Set and Costume Designer for four years for the Compania Nacional de Teatro (National Theater Mexico). In 1995 he won an Arts Award (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) to study abroad which took him to Rose Bruford College in London, where he trained as a Set and Costume Designer. Elorriaga has collaborated with some of the most talented theatre designers in London at opera houses including Royal Albert Hall, London; Metropolitan Opera House, N.Y.; and Bayreuth Festival. Currently, Elorriaga is collaborating with Richard Hudson for the whole Wagner’s The Ring Cicle for English National Opera.

Paul Whitaker’s (Lighting Design) theatrical lighting design credits include productions for Yale Repertory Theater, Contemporary American Theater Festival, the Minnesota Orchestra and the New Tradition Theatre Company.

Andreas Fischer (The Benefactor, Bass) studied Music and Voice in Stuttgart and Vienna. He has sung in several world premieres as a freelance singer and a member of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. He has worked together with composers such as Georges Aperghis, Luciano Berio, Pierluigi Billone, Peter Eötvös, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Olga Neuwirth; Karlheinz Stockhausen and others.

Angelika Luz (Marcia Lieberman, Soprano) has sung at various theatres throughout Europe as a coloratura soprano. Her role-spectrum ranges from Monteverdi’s Poppea through Mozart’s Queen of the Night up to music-theater and modern theater. Since 1998, Luz has taught New Vocal Music at the Music Conservatory in Stuttgart. She also produces performances that connect music, theater and multimedia with the v. act ensemble, which she founded.

Daniel Gloger (Ambassador Lieberman, Countertenor) received his initial musical training with the Stuttgarter Hymnus Boys Choir and his mother, Dorothee Gloger. Since 2001 he has studied in a Masters program with Prof. Donald Litaker at the Music Conservatory in Karlsruhe. As a soloist, Gloger has sung at renowned Festivals such as Ludwigsburger Schlossfestpiele, Pfingsten Barock in Salzburg, Festival di Musica Sacra in Lucca, Festival for Baroque Music Nazareth and the Schwetzinger Festspiele. In 2002 he sang Montezuma in Wolfgang Rihm’s Eroberung von Mexico at the opera studio in Karlsruhe and the role of Giovanni Battista in Salome by Antonio Stradella at the Bruckner-Festspielen in Linz.

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart is an ensemble of researchers, discoverers, adventurers and idealists. The ensemble’s chief interest is research: exploring new sounds, new vocal techniques and new forms of articulation, whereby great emphasis is placed on establishing a dialogue with composers. Die Neuen Vocalsolisten—founded in 1984 under the artistic management of Musik der Jahrhunderte as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music—has been an artistically independent vocal chamber ensemble since the year 2000. Eight concert and opera soloists, with a collective range reaching from coloratura soprano over countertenor to “basso profondo,” demonstrate absolute self-sufficiency as they rise to meet the challenges provided them without the restrictions of union contracts and regulations. Central to the group’s artistic concept are the areas of music, theater and interdisciplinary work with electronics, video, the visual arts and literature, as well as the juxtaposition of contrasting elements found in ancient and contemporary music.

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