Catalan painter Frederic Amat and Andalucian composer José Maria Sánchez-Verdú are collaborating on a new work that will premiere next spring at the Teatro Real de Madrid.
Europa Press reports that the opera, called Viaje a Simor ("Trip to Simor"), is inspired by the independent and dispossessed thinkers in Juan Goytisolo's 1988 novel The Virtues of the Solitary Bird. Goytisolo, a gay Spanish writer, voluntarily exiled himself from Franco's Spain in the late 1950s and still lives in Morocco.
The opera is also inspired by other works by "writers and poets who have undergone exile or torture" according to Sánchez-Verdú. The opera will use poems of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila and the Syrian poet Adonis, among others, and each will be sung in its original language.
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