Composition Commission issued to Fabián Panisello: Les Rois Mages

Fundación de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spanien

Spain’s Centro Superior de Investigación y Promoción de la Música along with the Foundation of the Autonomous University of Madrid have made it their task to promote the production of new works. For this reason, the two institutions have issued a composition commission to Fabián Panisello for a piece of musical theater funded by the EvS Music Foundation. Les Rois Mages is based on the story of the Three Wise Men from the Orient. The libretto by Gilles Rico arose following a story by Michel Tournier – Gaspard, Melchior & Balthasar. Tournier retells the biblical story thereby building a bridge between what is told in the Bible and the narrative of our day and age. The story consists of several episodes where the journey of each of the three kings is depicted individually. This structure is picked up on by Rico in his libretto. Alongside the dramatic plot, the piece of musical theater deals explicitly with the temporal structure of language, with the examination of sounds and dramatic gestures. The predominant stage elements are video elements and light.

October 20, 2018
National Auditorium, Madrid

December 4, 2018
Festival MANCA, Nice

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