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Charles Chaynes
Eduardo Manet
Patrick Davin, Conductor; Jorge Lavelli, Production Manager
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
May 23, 2000
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
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.
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)
Classical contemporary
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