-The Spanish soprano will once again take the title role in the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda in the closing performance at the Spanish Lyrical Theatre Festival in Oviedo before beginning her 2019-20 season, in which she will continue to conquer great theatres in Spain, Italy and the United States.
The Canary Island soprano Davinia Rodríguez makes her debut at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo this June in the closing performance of the Spanish Lyrical Theatre Festival in the Asturian capital. She will take a role she knows very well: Luisa Fernanda, the leading lady in the famous zarzuela of the same name, by Federico Moreno Torroba with a libretto by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw. “The score of this zarzuela is as well-written as any opera”, the Spanish singer explains, having made her debut in the role at the Palau de Les Arts de Valencia in 2014 with Plácido Domingo. “The melodies are incredible, and I have a couple of really beautiful duets to sing. In Oviedo, as well as making my debut in this beautiful city, it will be in the Emilio Sagi production, which I already performed in Valencia, it is luxuriously elegant and full of great theatrical ideas,” she explains.
The production, which began its life in Milan at La Scala in 2003 and which was performed the year after at Washington Opera, is one of Sagi´s most acclaimed pieces. Emilio Sagi is legendary in the world of Spanish musical theatre, and “collaborating with Emilio means being in the presence of enormous cultural heritage,” Davinia Rodríguez enthuses. “He always knows how to resolve a scene, with the greatest respect for the writers and the performers.”
Highlights among Rodriguez´s upcoming engagements include her return to the Teatro Real de Madrid with Bellini’s Il Pirata and her debut as Elisabetta in Donizetti´s Roberto Devereux at Los Angeles alongside Plácido Domingo.