La Celestina

 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.  

Download the performance program here (PDF).

Note: Contains adult content

Above: La Celestina rendering by Manual Cinema

Free with Museum admission

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