With Arias and Velvet Paws Xavier Montsalvatge’s Opera “Der gestiefelte Kater” (“Puss in Boots”) Delivers a Sold Out House

In 2012, the year of his 100th birthday, Xavier Montsalvatge’s fairy tale opera “El Gato Con Botas” has become one of his most successful and most performed works. Premiered in Barcelona in 1948 and spectacularly rediscovered in Spain in 2002, it has since assumed a solid place in the family program of opera houses in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.

Review:

Mischievously Showing its Claws

An exciting story, beautiful music, imaginative images, dance - for an audience starting at six years of age, the fairy tale opera ‘Puss in Boots’ puts everything on stage that belongs to a great opera.

The Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002) composed a music for it in 1947 that director Svenja Tiedt calls “totally beautiful: still very Romantic, sometimes modern and with short, fantastic arias”.

(Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, March 2012)

Photo: Pedro Malinowski

El Gato con Botas
(Puss in Boots)

Opera in two acts

Libretto: Nestor Luján

Version for Orchestra: S, Mez, T, Bar, B soli; 2-2-2-1, 4-2-3-1, Timp, Perc, Cel, Hrf, Str

Version for Ensemble: S, Mez, T, Bar, B soli; 1-1-1-1, 1-0-0-0, Perc, Pno, 2 Vl, Va, Vc, Kb

Duration: 01:15:00