ALBUQUERQUE, NM. 12/19/2016 – The world premiere of Los Bufones,
an innovative new song cycle for theatre, will run from January 19-22 at the
National Hispanic Cultural Center as part of the NHCC’s Siembra: Latino Theatre Season. Performances are at 7:30 pm
Thursday through Saturday and 2 pm Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre.
Tickets are $12, $17, and $22, with a $2 discount for students, seniors, and
NHCC members, and are available
from the NHCC Box Office, at (505) 724-4771, or at www.nhccnm.org.
Based on Diego Velázquez’ mesmerizing
paintings of jesters and dwarfs at the court of Philip IV of Spain, Los Bufones brings to life these
fascinating individuals—comedians and outcasts, confidantes and spies—in a
richly melodic work, sung in Spanish with English supertitles.
For the King’s Bufones, who are both adored and hated in the world of the court,
each day means striving for balance in a web of intrigues and
ambitions. In musical solos and ensembles, they reveal their personal
lives as intimates of the royal family, as well as their privileged
perspective on the crumbling order, splendor, and decadence of
mid-seventeenth century Spain at the end of its Golden Era.
Los Bufones, with music and libretto by Ron Strauss, Spanish version by
María Cristina López, and stage direction by Jean Moss, is produced in
collaboration with Teatro Paraguas. The work features sopranos Ingela Onstad
and Christina Martos, tenors Sam Shepperson and André García-Nuthmann, and
baritones Michael Hix and Carlos Archuleta. Kristin Ditlow conducts, with
Megan Holland on violin, Joel Becktell on cello, and Debra Ayers on piano.