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The theatre, opened in 1850, became the centre of Madrid’s artistic and social life. The works performed most were the operas of Verdi, Meyerbeer, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and later Wagner. Spanish opera also featured, with works by Ruperto Chapí, Tomás Bretón and Emilio Serrano. In 1916-1917 Ballets Russes de Diaghilev performed here in the presence of Nijinsky and Stravinsky.
Victim of an explosion during the civil war, the rebuilt theatre reopened its doors in 1966 as a concert hall, home of the Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España and later home of the Orquesta y Coro de la RTVE.
In 1977, the theatre was declared a National Monument. But in 1988, the Auditorio Nacional began to put on concerts and this led to the closure of the Teatro Real.
It was then completely renovated and reopened in 1997 as a venue mainly for operas and ballets.
Boosted by the strength and popularity of the genre, the Teatro de la Zarzuela, with its superb chandeliers and painted ceilings, opened its doors in 1856. The stage and orchestra pit plans are owed to the composer Barbieri who wrote a symphony on Zarzuela themes for its opening. In 1909, fire destroyed the theatre which was rebuilt in 1913. After the civil war, shows became more infrequent, and it was sold to the Sociedad General de Autores de España in 1956. One hundred years after it was built, it underwent some modifications enabling it, in the absence of an Auditorium and Opera House in Madrid, to host dance, Flamenco, opera and Zarzuela. In 1998 the Zarzuela fully regained its place in its own theatre, which also still puts on recitals and dance.
Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid
Opened in 1988, this is the home of the Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España (OCNE). This auditorium has 2 concert halls in which over 350 concerts are performed each season.
Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid
Established in 1987 and 1984 respectively, the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, the resident companies of the Teatro de la Zarzuela since 1998, already have a substantial musical history. A great many soloists such as Shlomo Mintz, Plácido Domingo and Aldo Ciccolini have performed under the direction of conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Robert King, Eric Ericson, Josep Pons…
Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de la RTVE
This orchestra was founded in 1965 under the direction of Franco-Russian conductor Igor Markevitch with a concert of Prokofiev, W agner, Falla and Beethoven. It has played host to many guests such as Celibidache, Maazel, Kondrashin, Frühbeck de Burgos, Inbal, Marriner, López Cobos, Dutoit, Helmut Rilling and Leopold Hager. It is the chief instrument for music broadcasting on the radio, and is consequently the most widely heard orchestra in Spain.
Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid
Madrid’s symphony orchestra was founded in 1903. Enrique Fernández Arbós was its Musical Director for over 30 years, inviting composers such as Richard Strauss and Stravinsky. Since then, it has been directed by the greatest conductors, García Navarro, Rostropovitch, Penderecki and Kurt Sanderling.
Orquesta Nacional de España
Spain’s National Orchestra, the result of a merger of 2 national orchestras, was set up in 1942 by Joaquín Turina. The first concert was held at the María Guerrero theatre in March 1942. This orchestra was directed successively by Bartolomé Pérez Casas, Ataúlfo Argenta, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Antoni Ros-Marbà, Jesús López Cobos and the Milanese conductor Aldo Ceccato. Its current Artistic Director is Josep Pons.
Many guest conductors, such as Markevitch, Celibidache, Mehta, Abbado, Giulini and Jochum.
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