Opera in one act for soprano, amplified violin, harp, percussion, and live electronics
‘Andrómeda Encadenada (Andromeda in chains) is Agustí Charles’ newest opera. Staged by Jordi Pérez Solé, it stars the singer María Hinojosa in a monodrama for soprano, amplified violin, harp, percussion, and live electronics. Besides, it incorporates the ePad-Wood, a new electronic percussion instrument created by the composer himself.
Andrómeda Encadenada is based on eponymous poem by the Basque writer Fátima Frutos. She takes the old myth of the woman chained to the rocks saved by Perseus, and gives it a personal, contemporary, and -above all, a feminist reading. The libretto, by Marc Rosich, turns the poet’s verses into dramatic material. They are transformed into a sung monologue that includes other texts written by Fátima, and quotations from classical poets such as Lope de Vega or Calderón; all dedicated to the mythological character.
The opera presents us with a woman in crisis after a breakup. While taking refuge in the reading of the classics, especially in the reinterpretation of the myth of Andromeda, she ends up finding a way to break the bonds of sentimental dependence to reach self-affirmation as an autonomous being. Jordi Pérez Solé’s staging underlines the shattered world of the protagonist. From there she embarks on a journey to learn to free herself from the chains that do not let her be herself.
Music - Agustí Charles
Libretto- Marc Rosich
Based on texts by Fátima Frutos