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Opera and operetta headline Girona theatre programme for 2012’s first half

The city theatre offers 26 very different shows in its winter-spring season, which will focus on opera and Spanish-style operetta (zarzuela). Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’, Verdi’s ‘Aida’ and two zarzuelas respond to public demand for more classical-based shows.

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30 January 2012 08:14 PM

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ACN / Joëlle Philippe

Girona (ACN)-. Opera and Spanish-style operetta (zarzuela) dominate the first semester programme of the Teatre Municipal de Girona (Girona\u2019s municipal theatre) this winter-spring season.  Puccini\u2019s \u2018La Bohème\u2019, Verdi\u2019s \u2018Aida\u2019 and two zarzuelas respond to public demand for more classical-based shows. Up until the summer, 26 mime, circus, dance, lyric music and theatre shows are on offer. The Mayor of Girona, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the quality of the programme as well as the balance between tradition and innovation. He also added that in Girona \u201Cthere is top quality theatre all year long\u201D.


The new feature of this year\u2019s show is the increase in the number of lyrical shows. According to organisers, they respond to audience demand. The director of the Girona municipal theatre explained that more than 100 tickets have already been sold for every show, a reassuring statistic given that opera shows are the most expensive performances with more than 40 artists on the stage. 

In addition, the big shows from last season will visit Girona these coming six months. \u2018Who\u2019s afraid of Virginia Woolf?\u2019 with Catalan top actors Pere Arquillué and Emma Vilarasau, the touching \u2018La nostra classe\u2019 (Our class) directed by Carme Portacelli, the successful comedy \u2018Pel davant i pel darrera\u2019 (\u2018Noises off\u2019) rearranged by Paco Mir from Catalan theatre company Tricicle, and \u2018El sexe dels angels\u2019 (The gender of the angels) are just some of the drama productions on offer.

Apart from these shows, there are also three dance performances and five plays for all ages at the Teatre Municipal de Girona. \u2018Call me maria\u2019 and \u2018Operetta\u2019 and also a concert by Cabo San Roque are three of shows directed at families.

The theatre also collaborates, along with 24 high schools within the Girona Province (north-eastern Catalonia), in a project called UAP \u2013working for peace-. The students are going to act in a musical show to commemorate the anniversary of Gandhi\u2019s death on the 30th January. The 6 euro ticket will be used by charity projects in eastern Africa.

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  • A caption from last year show 'Operetta', a mix of humour and opera, organised by Girona's Municipal Theatre (by T. Tàpia)

  • A caption from last year show 'Operetta', a mix of humour and opera, organised by Girona's Municipal Theatre (by T. Tàpia)