And, from Barcelona …

October 6, 2010

The principal daily, La Vaguardia devoted a lot of space to the New York production of Puss and Boots.

(Translations of some key passages are below the images.)

“My father would have loved it,” maintains Yvette.

Xavier Montsalvatge, one of the most relevant composers of contemporary music, has managed to make his mark on Broadway eight years after his death.

In the audience the satisfaction that made the sixty minutes go by like a single breath was evident.

All the puppeteers are dressed in black, the image of the darkness into which Spain was plunged at the time when this work was created.

Goren chose this opera — “the music seemed easy, but connoisseurs can see the inticacies” — and offered it to Kaufman. “I fell in love with it,” said the director.

Yvette, more than satisfied with the results, nevertheless maintains that her father never intended the work for children. It was for adults. But she recognizes that the world has changed a lot since then, and “opera and the way it works are changing.”

***

From the interview with the director:

Kaufman: Montsalvatge is telling us something very clear. The only thing we can do against apparent destiny is to use our imagination and intuition and go on.

La Vanguardia: Is it a show for kids?

Kaufman: The truth is that I never thought of this work as an opera for children. It is very beautiful and everybody can see it, adults and children.

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