If I haven’t lost count in the present season, the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra (OSIB) is holding seven lyrical galas, all of them at a high level. In the final section of the Symphonic Summers cycle in the Bellver Castle it was the time of the chinese soprano Ziyi Dai and the American tenor Andrew Owensboth recently incorporated into the artistic file of the Zurich Opera.
So far the pretty side of things, including a attractive repertoire in which opera, zarzuela and some singular touch intertwined their hands. On the negative side, although extremely symbolic, the blackout at 10 p.m. decreed by the Spanish Government of the extreme left and the order was fulfilled with the blessed submission of his equals in the Palma City Council.
The recital began at 9:30 p.m. and while the first part lasted, lights out! With the consequent blackout of this medieval monument. So at 10:30 pm the rest began in the dark on the castle walls. It is what the extreme left has to come to power, and also Bolivarian.
What did it cost them to respect the exceptionality of a musical encounter in a historical and monumental point of the city? Was it so serious to turn off the lights a couple of hours later due to the singularity of the moment? The positive, the full moon ruling in the sky and illuminating the waters of the bay.
As there is no evil that for good does not come, at least the shadowed castle allowed the music to shine in the darkness and confusion of the present.
The orchestra, practically exhausted after such a dense season, nevertheless gave us such precious moments as the overtures to The Barber of Seville and Nabucco, as well as the preludes to The Grenadier Drum and La Revoltosa. I will say, what I care more and more about the lyrical recital, for its quality of valuing the singularities of opera and zarzuela; also with the growing presence of international voices that do not have to share our temperament. For the pan-Catalans, this has to bother them a lot, which is also a reason for satisfaction.
The beauty of the musical duel between a Chinese woman and an American in these times of a new cold war between China and the United States was not ruled out either. So the evening transcended even his initial intentions. Y this time China won the hand over the US, because Ziyi Dai was the great revelation. Without any disregard, of course, for the warmth of Owens’ voice, which was so exquisitely complemented in sublime moments such as The Merry Widow, La bohème, Elisir d’amore or Todos las mañanitas. Joining stellar moments of the soprano such as Glitter and be gay or Sentimental Melody, both singular moments signed by Leonard Bernstein y Hector Villa-Lobos. A beautiful night, in short, full of symbolism.
The Italians Rossini, Puccini, Verdi, Cardillo y Donizetti, joining the Spanish Chapí, Vert, Soutullo, Penella y Moreno Torroba; the brazilian Villalobos; the austro hungarian Lehar and the American Bernstein who were united there on stage in a timeless gesture as a way of giving the universal cry of harmony in contrast to Bellver’s intransigent blackout.