‘It’s a terrible mistake to believe that we must understand music in order to enjoy it. Music should never be made in order to be understood, but to be felt.’ The mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé is true to this dictum of the composer Manuel de Falla in a programme that presents a large palette of contrasting emotions: worry and hope, regret and optimism, bitterness and joy. These works by iconic Spanish composers introduce us to a host of flamboyant characters who celebrate Mediterranean culture, in which the scholarly, the popular, and cross- fertilisation of many kinds coexist. For this journey across the Iberian peninsula, we are in good company: Silvia Tro Santafé’s warm and generous tone has already won over La Monnaie audiences in performances of Eligabalo, La Cenerentola, Don Quixote and Lucrezia Borgia.
Mezzo SILVIA TRO SANTAFÉ
Piano JULIAN REYNOLDS
Production DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE