© Arturo Fuentes
© Arturo Fuentes

Arturo Fuentes — Carlota's Room

Based in Tyrol, Mexican-born Arturo Fuentes composed and stages the multimedia musical theater work Carlota’s Room, a monodrama about the unhappy Belgian princess Charlotte who was gradually overcome by madness. After the death of her husband, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico, she continued to write letters to him for 60 years (!) in which she imagines him coming home again. Napoleon III installed Maximilian as a puppet monarch in Mexico in 1864. She later returned to Europe as pressure on the monarchy began to grow. The execution by firing squad of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico in 1867 is etched in our cultural memory by the famous painting by Édouard Manet. Carlota, who from then on never leaves her chambers in Miramare castle near Trieste, gazes out at the ocean and dreams of the past as the place of an impossible love.

Carlota died in 1927, the year Charles Lindbergh achieves the first solo transatlantic flight. In a letter to her husband she exclaims how much faster and easier it will be for them to meet! The sound of the airplane engine is the point of departure for the musical composition, in which Carlota’s various mental states are expressed through various vocal techniques and through “electronic shadows”. The piece will be performed by the charismatic soprano Sarah Maria Sun and Klangforum Wien. The libretto is based on the book Noticias del Imperio (News from the Empire) by the celebrated Mexican author Fernando del Paso.
—Arturo Fuentes, 2018


Commissioned by Klangspuren Schwaz with the support of the Secretaría de Cultura, FONCA-SNCA, Mexico, in collaboration with the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua

 in Werke
8 September 2018
8 p.m.
Schwaz, SZentrum, Silbersaal Klangspuren Schwaz Carlota's Room UA

The multimedia musical theater work Carlota’s Room, a monodrama by Arturo Fuentes tells the story of the unhappy Belgian princess Charlotte who was gradually overcome by madness. After the death of her husband she continued to write letters to him for 60 years.

Arturo Fuentes — Carlota's Room – Monodrama of a Forgotten Empress World premiere
    Texts from Fernando del Paso — Noticias del Imperio (News from the Empire)


Sarah Maria Sun, soprano
Alice Crepaz-Fuentes, Carlota as child
Sandra Victoria Aguilar, film actress
Arturo Fuentes, staging
Eva Praxmarer, costumes and make-up

Günter Brus, textile painting
Werner Angerer, sound design
conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

The composer on his new piece:
Arturo Fuentes — Carlota's Room



Reading

11 am, Buchhandlung liber wiederin, Innsbruck
Fernando del Paso "News from the Imperium - Noticias del Imperio" (1986)
Lutz Kliché, the German translator of "Noticias del Imperio" reads passages from the novel

Concert introduction
7.15 pm, Knappensaaal im SZentrum, Schwaz
Matthias Osterwold in conversation with the composer Arturo Fuentes

Artist Talk
Following the premiere, artist talk with soprano Sarah Maria Sun.


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9 September 2018
4.30 p.m.
Schwaz, SZentrum, Silbersaal Klangspuren Schwaz Carlota's Room

The multimedia musical theater work Carlota’s Room, a monodrama by Arturo Fuentes tells the story of the unhappy Belgian princess Charlotte who was gradually overcome by madness. After the death of her husband she continued to write letters to him for 60 years.

Arturo Fuentes — Carlota's Room - Monodrama of a Forgotten Empress

    Texts from Fernando del Paso — Noticias del Imperio (News from the Empire)



Sarah Maria Sun, soprano
Alice Crepaz-Fuentes, Carlota as child
Sandra Victoria Aguilar, film actress
Arturo Fuentes, staging
Eva Praxmarer, costumes and make-up

Günter Brus, textile painting
Werner Angerer, sound design
conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

The composer on his new piece:
Arturo Fuentes — Carlota's Room


www.klangspuren.at

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