A great mediaeval frieze with the intimate nature of a chamber opera


Once again this year, the Castell de Peralada Festival is committed to opera and new creation by hosting the premiere of Diàlegs de Tirant e Carmesina, a new chamber opera focusing on the most intimate episodes of the novel by Joanot Martorell, the ones devoted to the relationship between the two protagonists. In this project, playwright Marc Rosich – who in 2007 adapted the mediaeval novel for Calixto Bieito’s hugely successful theatre production – and composer Joan Magrané – Queen Sofia Award for Composition – take seduction and sensuality as the dramatic mechanism of the idea. The piece takes on the form of variations on the theme of the couple falling in love, and the comings and goings of this relationship from the moment Tirant sees Carmesina for the first time and she seduces him with the famous mirror until their separation and tragic end. As a counterpoint to the couple, two opposing figures, Pleasure-of-My-Life and the Placid Widow, will also appear on stage, performed by the same mezzosoprano. With set and stage design by artist Jaume Plensa, Peralada presents a new look at the mediaeval novel turned into an opera libretto with concise music of mediaeval airs. Promoted by Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, the project is part of the celebrations to mark 25 years of the initiative.

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Diàlegs de Tirant e Carmesina

Music by Joan Magrané

Libretto by Marc Rosich

(Based on Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell)

Conductor: Francesc Prat

Stage director: Marc Rosich

Stage design: Jaume Plensa

Costumes: Joana Martí

Lighting: Sylvia Kuchinow

Characterisation: Txus González

Movement: Roberto G. Alonso

Stage manager assistant: Montse Butjosa

scenography construction: Christian Konn and Carlos Jovellar

Costumes design: Begoña Simón Blanco

Communication and Press: Neus Purtí

Production: Dietrich Grosse and Raül Perales


Thanks to:

Laura Medina, Louise Higham, Christian Ortega (student intern from Institut del Teatre de Barcelona) and Víctor Zápata (student intern from Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.)



Josep‐Ramon Olivé


Isabella Gaudí

The Placid Widow / Pleasure-of-My-Life

Anna Alàs Jové


An Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació production in co-production with the Castell de Peralada Festival and the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

With the support of the Barcelona Culture Institute and the Department of Culture of theGovernment of Catalonia and with the collaboration of the SGAE and La Caldera Les Corts with the accompaniment of the Catalonia Culture Foundation.