Carnegie Hall succumbed to the spell of Tafalesa Sabina Puértolas

The Carnegie Hall closed on September 16 a special night – and much applause – for the Teatro Real, when the legendary venue played everything from compositions by Falla to classic zarzuelas such as nightingale song, of Dona Francisquita or They call me the beautyfrom The Barber of Seville, in the voice of the soprano Sabina Puertolas.

Mena had warned that playing at Carnegie would not be easy, as the acoustics in the room can end up “sweeping” the audience with the decibels. “It’s a strange and dangerous room for the band, as the sound must never exceed what the room can handle,” he warned. Puértolas herself admitted to being “nervous” in the hours leading up to her performance, which she saw as a second chance. The soprano recalled how the pandemic deprived her of a debut at the New York Met, an institution with which she had signed a contract to perform El barbero de Sevilla and it did not materialize.

Regarding the concerto, Perianes masterfully took on a number of works by Falla and Albéniz. The musician also admitted that he had a name very much in mind before he left: Alicia de Larrocha, who greeted Carnegie with applause for more than 30 minutes. The second part corresponded to the zarzuela moment, which Puértolas defined as “the swing that runs through the veins” of the Spaniards and which he hoped the New York public would “get.”

Parts of La tavernera del puerto and zarzuelas by Amadeo Vives and Gerónimo Giménez and Manuel Nieto were heard in her voice, sometimes accompanied by dancing, which was well received by the audience, among them her husband, a pilot who had taken the flight to New York. from Spain and that he was going to come “at least for the second half” as Puértolas confessed with a smile.

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