“O Arame” (The Tightrope)
This DVD, released by the Xunta de Galicia (General Secretariat for Linguistic Policy), includes the world premiere of the opera “O Arame” (The Tightrope), with music by Juan Durán and libretto by Manuel Lourenzo, who is also responsible for stage direction, which took place on September 13th, 2008, during the LVI Opera Festival of A Coruña, at the Teatro Colón, organized with tremendous effort by the Friends of the Opera of A Coruña. The vital and intimate text by Lourenzo and the nostalgic score by Duran are the basis for the excellent vocal performances of baritone Javier Franco and soprano Carmen Durán with a flawless interpretation of the Instrumental Ensemble XX Century, directed by Maximino Zumalave. This DVD, that undoubtedly will enrich any good video library claiming to be so and gives prominence to the Galician language in the operatic stage, also includes subtitles in English and Spanish.
Revista Música e Educación Nº 78
Eighty years had to elapse before an opera could be composed and performed for the first time in Galician on 13th September 2008 during the LVI Opera Festival A Coruña, “O Arame” (The Tightrope) of Juan Duran, from Vigo, author of a large catalog, and the most poetic libretto by Manuel Lourenzo, which comes to deal with a non-dramatic way about the end of life for two street performers who come on their way to the sea, a metaphor for transformation and rebirth. Written for only two characters, played by the soprano Carmen Durán and the baritone Javier Franco, both with a good vocal performance, two dancers and an instrumental group of only 16 musicians, the musical language draws on the great tonal tradition, a style of strong melodic component and attachment to the tradition of numbers in its structure. Maximino Zumalave directs the music with conviction and commitment, obtaining remarkable results. [...] Commendable initiative supported by the Xunta de Galicia.
DURAN: O Arame. Duran, Franco. XX Century Instrumental Group. Dir: M. Zumalave.
Rhythm Magazine (Revista Ritmo) - J.M.
St. Petersburger Knabenchor
St. Petersburg Boys Choir
After a concert in Germany with the famous “Singing Boys of St. Petersburg” I participated also on the recording of this album with them, because it is very important and much gratifying to me using my voice, whenever I've been given such a happy opportunity, as a means to help children without families in order to get ahead and have a decent life. That's the case of many members of this traditional Russian choir.
If you have the opportunity to listen to their singing, you will see how beautiful and inspiring they do it. In addition, with all their concerts they help to fund their project. That's why they are constantly touring all over the world, performing in about 100 concerts a year.
This album contains a live recording of one of my concerts devoted to Lieder composed on texts of the famous collection published in Heidelberg by the poets Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano during German Romanticism, 1805-1808, the so called “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” (The Youth’s Magic Horn).
The concert, organized by the University of Heidelberg, attracted a huge public and obtained critical success. I was accompanied by a German pianist of great sensitivity, Hariolf Meier, with whom I gave several concerts.
Sacred Music in Hirschberg-Leutershausen (Germany)
Live recorded during the Concert held in the Sanctuary at the Catholic Church of St. John (St. Johannes) in Germany, Hirschberg-Leutershausen, in occasion of its 125th anniversary.
Carmen Durán sang there the Motet “Exultate, jubilate” KV 165 by W. A. Mozart, and participated as a soprano soloist in the Offertorium “Benedictus sit Deus” KV 117, also by W. A. Mozart, as well as in the performance of the “Dettinger” Te Deum HWV 283 by G. F. Handel, with the Heidelberger Kantatenorchester and the Katholischer Kirchenchor under J. Stock.