“Maja” is Spanish for a woman from Madrid. Spanish artist Francisco Goya is famous for his paintings of “majas.” The most celebrated ones are “La maja desnuda” (the nude maja) and the “la maja vestida,” (the clothed maja) Goya also painted a full-body picture of the 13th Duchess of Alba, María Cayetana de Silva, with whom he was having an affair. Many assume that she posed for the maja paintings. Watch the video below for some samples of Goya’s paintings, and Granado’s musical selection La maja de Goya.
Enrique Granados, a Spanish pianist and composer, is most famous for his work Goyescas, which is based on Goya’s paintings. However, he was not the only one to compose about la maja. Ricardo Villa (Canción de la maja for voice and piano) and José Padilla, with Oliveros and Castellvi, (La maja, el rey y el torero) also wrote songs about la maja. The character of la maja is typical in Spanish zarzuelas (operettas) about Madrid. Listen to Padilla’s composition on youtube:
Anna Bartos, an experienced soprano, presents MAJA! THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN: A LOVER’S TALE. This is a one-woman musical not to be missed. It tackles the mystique surrounding Goya, his artwork, his loves, and the craziness occurring during that time.
Ms. Bartos describes it as “a love story about the life and work of the famous Spanish painter, Francisco Jose Goya y Lucientes, and his bittersweet romance with an unknown maja in 19th century Madrid. It is in English with many Spanish expressions, and illuminates the life and character of Goya and the picaresque lower middle class majos and majas he loved, painted and imitated. The drama also provides details about his dedication to depict human rights issues and atrocities against the common man, for which he paid the price of exile.”
This performance is a fundraiser for SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT. This is a collaborative, non-profit group, for singers, actors and instrumentalists. http://www.meetup.com/SOMETHING-TO-SING-ABOUT-IN-NEW-YORK/
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Don’t miss this innovative period piece:
- Sunday, November 3, 2013. 4:00-6:00 pm
- St. Michael’s Church: 225 W. 99th Street Manhattan
General admission: $20
Something to Sing About members, Seniors and Students JUST $10!
MORE ABOUT ANNA BARTOS:
Anna Bartos, Soprano, is renowned for her bel canto operatic roles and her poignant and exciting interpretations of Spanish and Latin American music. She received a grant from the Spanish Consulate in New York City and the non-profit sponsorship of the New York Foundation for the Arts for her original one-woman musical drama, Maja! The Forgotten Woman: A Lovers’ Tale about Francisco Goya, with music by Enrique Granados. Her recordings include Cantares for Soprano and Guitar and You Must Remember This II with Gregg Nestor, and Mostly Spanish with The Ensemble ALMA, which she founded in 1998, now known as Flor y Canto. Flor y Canto presents concerts of over four centuries of music, lecture-recitals and master classes of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American classical and folk music, as well as an international repertoire, for voice, piano, flute, guitar and other instruments. Ms. Bartos has been a featured artist at festivals, i.e., the Leningrad Musical Spring International Festival in Russia, The Performing Arts of Asia and Mexico Festivals at Lincoln Center and the Franco-Italian Festival at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic,Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guadalajara, and the NYU Chamber Music Society at Merkin Concert Hall, among others. She has given numerous lecture-recitals in colleges and universities on Spanish and Latin American music, and was an Artist in Residence at Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic (a Gulf and Western Project). Ms. Bartos holds an M.A. in Vocal Performance from New York University, and maintains a private vocal studio in New York City.
___Solo Recital, Teatro Casa de la Paz
: MUSICA–EXCELLENT SINGER…”beautiful singing…mastery of vocal technique…Her interpretations embraced a variety of styles with great success. She soared to unsuspected heights of emotion and expression in the lieder of Schubert and Ravel. Manuel M. Ponce and ‘Tata Nacho’ were magnificently interpreted!” –REVISTA TIEMPO (Mexico City)
CHECK OUT THE FILM, GOYA IN BORDEAUX: