Editorial Mondigromax


Juana- Enric Palomar
Juana- Enric Palomar

Enric Palomar

Juana- Enric Palomar<br />


Chamber opera for six singers and six musicians

Music Enric Palomar
Idea and libretto Rebecca Simpson
Based on the life of Juana I of Castille, called “la Loca”. S.XV
Stage direction Carlos Wagner
Year of composition 2004-2005
Duration: 90 minutes
Original language: Spanish
Commission: Festival d’Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, FOBNC, Barcelona


Premiere: June 25, 2005, at the Opera Halle (Germany)


Juana the Mad, Juana I of Castille. The daughter of the Catholic Kings, Isabel I and Fernando V, she was the only legitimate heir of the crowns of Castille and Aragon.  She lived a life of loneliness and imprisonment. Hers is a story of manipulation and discrimination against women, in which Juana was used again and again as an instrument by her father, her husband and her own son in the desperate struggle for  the succession. The musical work identifies with her, observing the facts of history from her perspective, but in an intimate manner.


Score Juana. 312 pages. Editorial Mondigromax. Not available


October 2, 2007
Staatstheater Darmstadt, Germany

November 18, 19 and 20, 2005
Teatre Romea, Barcelona

June 25, 2005
Premiere, Opernhaus Halle, Germany

Creatives première Opernhaus Halle June 2005

Conductor Harald Knauff
Stage director Carlos Wagner
Set design  Matias Hönig
Costumes Carlos Wagner

Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (Juana I of Castille)
Gerd Vogel (Marquis of Denia)
Marija Kuhar (Catalina)
German Villar (Juan de Padilla)
Melanie Hirsch (Maria Pacheco)
Michael Nelle (Count of Benavente)

Musicians: Soloists of the OPERNHAUS HALLE Orchestra

Production OPERNHAUS HALLE & Mondigromax

Press quotes

We must congratulate ourselves that a new chamber opera has appeared in the 21st century that can be performed everywhere. Roger Alier. La Vanguardia

The work of the different groups was magnificent and exceptional the interpretation of German singers and orchestra. An adventure that deserves all praise. Luís Polanco. El Periódico

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