L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE MUSIC BY MAURICE RAVEL LIBRETTO BY FRANC-NOHAIN PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES: BENJAMIN BRITTEN: FOUR SEA INTERLUDES FROM PETER GRIMES RICHARD STRAUSS: SUITE FROM DER ROSENKAVALIER SAT, JUNE 22 AT 8 PM THE CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER THECLARICE.UMD.EDU/EVENTS “Write what you know” is solid, perhaps clichéd advice given to young writers across genres; it comes as little surprise to learn that Maurice Ravel was the son of a Swiss watchmaker. L’heure espagnole, Ravel’s first foray into operatic writing, centers around Torquemada, who just happens to be the most respected watchmaker in town. In writing this piece, Ravel broke with convention: he patterned the vocal lines after the rhythm of spoken French. Between this new treatment of the text and the truly virtuosic instrumental writing (which taxed the abilities of the opéra comique ensemble), audiences were befuddled, and the piece was not warmly received. Happily, the quasi-parlando vocals and the expressive instrumental color are two of the very factors that contribute to its success in our modern era: it is delightful! Torquemada, noted above, is a very busy man. His wife, Concepcion, has found a number of ways to deal with her husband’s absences…most notably (and romantically) in the company of the poet Gonsalve, who is to arrive at any
CAST Concepcion Gonsalve Ramiro Torquemada Don Inigo de Gomez
Taylor Raven Joshua Lovell Joshua Conyers Ian Koziara Calvin Griffin
CREATIVE TEAM Conductor Director Production Designer Lighting Designer
Ward Stare Emily Cuk Charles Murdock Lucas Christopher Brusberg
MUSIC & PRODUCTION STAFF Assistant Conductor Musical Preparation French Coach Production Stage Manager
Joel Ayau Joel Ayau Grant Loehnig Jocelyn Dueck Julie Marie Langevin
moment. But when strong and handsome Ramiro comes to the shop with a broken watch and decides to wait for Torquemada’s return, things get complicated.