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La Celestina

Opera Erratica 'La Celestina'

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Gallery 534 (Vélez Blanco Patio) Show location on map

Opera Erratica: La Celestina (US Premiere)

“[Opera Erratica’s] oeuvre is a mystical mash-up of contrasting eras, languages and musical genres, and — surprisingly — it works.” —Eye Weekly

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 16th-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, Opera 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.

Above: La Celestina rendering, courtesy of Opera Erratica

Free with Museum admission

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    La Celestina

    Friday, March 20, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Sunday, March 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Monday, March 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Friday, March 27, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

  • Performance

    La Celestina

    Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    Free with Museum admission

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