Cecilia
Composer: Charles Chaynes
Librettist: Eduardo Manet
Other Artistic Personnel: Patrick Davin, Conductor; Jorge Lavelli, Production Manager
Original Cast: Marisol Montalvo as Cecilia Valdes, Jean-marc Salzman as Leonardo Gamboa, David Lee Brewer as José Dolores Pimienta, Alain Fondary as Don Candido Gamboa, Anne Salvan as Rosa Gamboa, Marthe Keller as La Fatalité
Premiere Date: May 23, 2000
Producing Company: Opéra de Monte-Carlo
Description: This work takes place in Havana, Cuba, in 1830. Cecilia, a beautiful mulatto, is in love with Leonardo Gamboa, a rich young Spaniard, son of Candido Gamboa. Cecilia is intrigued by a resemblance between herself and Leonardo. Opposing his son's love affair with Cecilia, Candido orders Leonardo to marry a rich Spanish girl. (It transpires that Cecilia is the illegitimate daughter of Candido). Cecilia implores Pimiento, a young black musician in love with her, to kill Leonardo's bride after the wedding ceremony. However, during a violent quarrel with Leonardo, Pimiento kills him instead of the bride. Cecilia loses her mind and spends the rest of her days in a psychiatric hospital dreaming of a perfect love with Leonardo, who comes to her in a vision.
Length: 01:45
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 2 fl, ob, 2 cl, bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, tba - pf, hp, syn, timp, 3 drums - str (10 vln1, 8 vln2, 6 vla, 5 vc, 4 db or 8 vln1, 6 vln2, 5 vla, 4 vc, 3 db)
Musical Style: Classical contemporary
Contact: Opéra de Monte-Carlo
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