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Last updated February 16th Mail me or visit my Homepage. Commercially as well as musically, La Calesera represents the high water mark of Alonso ‘s brilliant career.
The reasons are easy to seek, given the political fervour of Madrid. The premiere took place on 12th December, and popularity was pretty well guaranteed to a work combining revolution and escapist romance.
La Calesera scores high on both counts. Its passionate actress-heroine has taken the name of La Calesera out of pride in her Andalusian origins – a calesera is a short bolero jacket from the region – and is thoroughly embroiled in the liberal conspiracies that wracked absolutist Madrid at the time of the work’s setting, Sustained musical quality enables it to retain that early popularity.
A passing wedding procession with its mandolin rondalla also serves to keep them amused. It is left to Maravillas to keep the peace; and once harmony is restored she leads the company in a free-wheeling, improvisatory Seguidillas: The comedian Gangarilla provokes a lively dialogue about the repressive nature of the government and likely ban on the next caleserz the troupe is going to perform, although Maravillas is more concerned for the safety of Rafael Sanabria, a an aristocratic liberal politician and her secret lover, especially when Gangarilla repeats a distressing rumor that he has become engaged to Elena, Marquesa de Albas.
Another actor notices a masked laa who has been listening intently to the conversation, but consternation turns to relief when the troupe realize that it is none other than the famous libertarian bandit, Ccalesera Candeles.
Their next visitor is slightly less welcome: Having learned of the existence of her beautiful rival, Elena decides to warn her ca,esera. There is a volley of shots, and the wounded Rafael staggers in.
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Elena quickly tends to his wounds, and the pair sing of their love together in front of the stricken Maravillas in a sweeping Terceto: Rafael blames himself for his cowardice in surrendering to love when humanity is in chains, and sings a stirring song in praise of freedom Himno: The players are rehearsing their new piece, anxiously waiting for news of the rising.
Two policemen duly arrive, but Maravillas and the players sing the swaggering Pasacalle de los chisperos: The ruse works and the police are about to leave when a slip of the tongue by one of the actors leads to the trick being partly discovered.
Scene 2 – Inside the prison. Sent to deliver a letter from his mistress and failing to gain entry, Calatrava attempts a robbery to get himself put in jail and so carry out his orders.
Act 3 – An inn, on the highway to France. Maravillas is in torment, forced to listen as Rafael tells her of his plan to escape with Elena in his noble Romanza: When Luis Candeles joins them, she confesses that in her jealousy she has denounced their flight to the police, whose arrival to stop the fugitives is imminent. Over an orchestral Final recalling many of the most memorable themes of the zarzuela, Maravillas sighs that now she has nobody to love her; though before being led away Candeles finds time to whisper that he at least will always love the beautiful Calesera.
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