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La Celestina

Erratica

 ERRATICA: La Celestina (U.S. Premiere)

"One of the most intriguing productions this spring..."–New Yorker

At the center of one of the great masterpieces of Spanish literature is La Celestina: a witch, a healer, a meddler, a prostitute, and, perhaps, a "conversa." Published in 1499, the work popularly known as La Celestina catapulted Spanish literature out of the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. Commissioned for the Met's extraordinary sixteenth-century Vélez Blanco Patio, La Celestina is now a site-specific video opera that tells the story of a nobleman; his beloved; his dishonest, scheming servants; and the local prostitute/witch. Using a multichannel audio and video installation with projections designed by Manual Cinema, ERRATICA transforms this unique architectural space into an immersive dramatic-musical experience in which the characters each tell their own version of the story, Rashomon-style. Full of ribald jokes, outrageous circumstances, and scathing social criticism, the story takes a very dark turn and ends in unfathomable tragedy. The music combines Spanish villancicos (polyphonic vocal music) with Judeo-Spanish as well as Arabic and Andalusian folk music.

Daily from Friday, March 20–Sunday, March 29, during Museum hours.

This program is made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.  

Above: La Celestina rendering by Manual Cinema

Free with Museum admission

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  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Friday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Sunday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Monday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Tuesday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Wednesday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Thursday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Friday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Sunday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

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Featuring: The Civilians, John Zorn, La Celestina, Charles Lloyd, Oscar nominee Jóhann Jóhannsson, Donatella Versace, and more.

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