After three decades of absence, the operetta "La Viuda Alegre" performed by the Rodrigo Prats Lyric Theater will return to the stage on May 17 as a tribute to the 80 years of the Eddy Suñol Theater, in the city of Holguin.
The season includes seven performances from May 17 to 26, said Roger Rodriguez, director of the Cultural Complex "Eddy Suñol" and one of the promoters of this project.
Maria Dolores Rodriguez, soprano and director of the Lyric Theater, said that they are now involved in the rehearsals of the piece, which is difficult for its long duration of almost three hours, the large volume of musical pieces and the number of characters.
"We are involved in a renovation process of the company. For this reason, one of the characteristics of this performance is the debut of several young people as soloists in "La Viuda Alegre", among them, Carlos Manuel Gonzalez, Roxana Leyva and Dania Lopez, students of the first year of lyrical singing at the Arts University, "said the director.
The Holguin Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Orestes Saavedra, will take on the challenge of accompanying live the adventures of "La Viuda Alegre", with the music of the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár created for the operetta.
"From the point of view of production, this is a completely new Widow," said María Dolores. "Alejandro de la Torre, our costume designer, also assumed the scenography design. Everything has been made now, except for the curtain of the second act which is very complicated, because it resembles the foliage, she concluded.
In November 2018, in greeting to the 56th anniversary of the Lyrical Theater, the avant premiere of the work was performed in Holguin with Yuliannis Parra, Isabel Torres and Betsy Remedios, in the role of the Widow and Alfredo Mas in the role of Count Camilo.
This character has been performed by the sopranos Maria Luisa Clark, Nayade Proenza and Maria Dolores Rodríguez.
After these presentations in Holguin, "La Viuda Alegre" will travel in August to the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso and then to the Milanes Theater, in Pinar del Rio.
The play is an operetta in three acts with a libretto in German by Victor Leon and Leo Stein, about a rich widow, and the attempt of her countrymen to keep their money in the principality by finding her a good husband. It was released in Vienna on December 30, 1905 and since then is considered one of the most important works of the genre.