World premiere of Frank Nuyts’ chamber opera
Cambio madre por moto is a chamber opera by Frank Nuyts to an original libretto by the best-selling Spanish author Rosa Montero. This was the final commission that Gerard Mortier submitted as intendant of the Madrid Opera (Teatro Real). Following Mortier’s departure from Spain in 2013, the opera was removed from the repertory and after his death in 2014 remained lying in a drawer for a long time.
Ten years later, Flanders Festival Ghent presents the world premiere of Cambio, in collaboration with Muziektheater Transparant, six singers and the Dutch ensemble Asko|Schönberg under the musical direction of Benjamin Haemhouts and in a mise-en-espace by the young Belgian director Aïda Gabriëls.
With a light touch and in contemporary Spanish, Rosa Montero’s libretto tells the story of a husband and wife who want to divorce and discuss this with their children for the first time. To make matters worse, the husband’s mother and the lawyer turn up. The latter is a family friend and a specialist divorce lawyer, but he turns out to be rather closer to the mother than expected… So plenty of ingredients for incisive dialogues full of familiar arguments back and forth. “The children come first!” is the parents’ mantra, but whether this is actually the case remains to be seen…
In co-production with Muziektheater Transparant.
In co-presentation with Muziekcentrum De Bijloke.
Emma Posman, soprano
Graciela Morales, soprano
Marie-Juliette Ghazarian, mezzo soprano
William Branston, tenor
Thierry Vallier, baritone
Wilfried Van den Brande, bass-baritone
Benjamin Haemhouts, musical direction
Aïda Gabriëls, mise-en-espace
Ferenc Balcaen, assistant staging
Cambio madre por moto
Frank Nuyts, muziek
Rosa Montero, libretto