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National Symphony Orchestra joins 85 choristers to present two free concerts

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The National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica (OSN) will join the UCR University Choir and Estudio Choralia this week to present the premiere in the country of the play “The Queen” (La Reina – La Trilogía Tudor), by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti.

This presentation will feature the participation of more than 150 artists, including musicians and choristers, all under the baton of Costa Rican Director Alejandro Gutiérrez, who together will interpret works and arias from operas Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda.

The first presentation will be held at the Basilica of Santo Domingo de Heredia on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m; and the second in the Metropolitan Cathedral of San José on Friday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m., both with free admission for the public.

The Queen is a first, not only in Costa Rica, but throughout the Central American area and is based on three operas by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, which are related to three queens, whose center is Isabel I. It is a trilogy where the Queen is the main character of the operas and their relationship with the Tudor dynasty. It is beautiful music and arias that have never been heard in Costa Rica, it is an Italian concert that should not be missed”, said guest director Alejandro Gutiérrez.

This show has the special participation of Guatemalan soprano Alejandra Flores, as well as Costa Ricans Karla Pineda Martínez (mezzosoprano), Gabriel Gudiel (tenor), Isaí Rodríguez (baritone) and Alejandro Cardona (bass-baritone). The teachers Rafael Saborío and Fabián Vargas will be in charge of the University Choir of the UCR and Estudio Choralia respectively.

The rehearsals for this concert will be held on Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday, February 20 in the morning at the facilities of the National Center of Music, in Moravia.

These presentations are part of the more than 50 concerts that the NSO is scheduled to offer for free in the seven provinces of the country during this 2020, this as part of the celebration of its 80th anniversary.

For more information you can contact the Department of Communication and Development at number 2240-0333, extensions: 205 and 206.

Source: Danny León, Centro Nacional de la Música, 2020

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