Arnau Tordera, on the right, is the composer of the play’s rock opera score

Jacint Verdaguer set to the rhythms of rock opera

This musical, which is dedicated to the Catalan poet and has a score by the group Obeses, will be running for five days at Teatre Romea.

Verdaguer, ombres i maduixes, a musical based on the poems and autobiography of Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer, can be seen at Barcelona’s Teatre Romea from 1 to 5 March.  The young Verdaguer is to be played by Arnau Tordera, the singer in the group Obeses, while the older, wiser Verdaguer will be played by Ferran Frauca.

Based on an original concept by Pere Tió and Pep Paré, and with a libretto by them and Antoni Font-Mir and Jaume Coll Mariné, Verdaguer, ombres i maduixes reveals Verdaguer to be a conflicted figure, oscillating between experience and non-experience, dreams, love and his work. Stage management is by Font-Mir and Paré, while Xuel Díaz, Miquel Malirach, Ernest Garrido, Laia Alsina, Xevi Freixa, Laura Pau, Maria Cirici and Robert Puig complete the cast.

Theatre-goers will hear plenty of Verdaguer’s poems, from his early love poems to well-known texts like Canigó and L'Atlàntida, together with his more mystical works. Jacint Verdaguer (Folgueroles, 1845 - Barcelona. 1902) is a leading figure in Catalan literature and was key to the consolidation of Catalan as a literary language.

Additional information is available on the Teatre Romea website.

Publication date: Friday, 24 February 2017
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