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MASTER CLASS

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CREATIVE TEAM & CAST

AUTHOR: TERRENCE MCNALLY

DIRECTOR: MARC MONTSERRAT-DRUKKER

TRANSLATOR: IGNACIO GARCÍA MAY

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: PAU BAIGES

SET DESIGNER: JON BERRONDO

COSTUME DESIGNER: MIRIAM COMPTE

LIGHTING DESIGNER: KIKO PLANAS

SOUND DESIGNER: JORDI BALLBÈ

VIDEO DESIGNER: JOAN RODÓN

HAIR & MAKE-UP DESIGNER: TONI SANTOS

CAST: MARÍA BAYO (MARIA CALLAS) / ANNA ALBORCH (SHARON) /  JORDI ANDÚJAR (STAGE HAND) / PAU BAIGES (MANNY) / JÚLIA JOVÉ (SOPHIE) / EZEQUIEL SALMAN (TONY)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: JORDI ANDUJAR

MUSICAL ADVISOR: DANI ESPASA

MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS: PAU BAIGES

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: JOAN SEGURA

ASSISTANT HAIR AND MAKE-UP DESIGNER: ALICIA MACHÍN

POSTER: FRANKIE DE LEONARDIS

PHOTOS: DANIEL ESCALÉ

PRODUCERS: TONI ALBADALEJO / MERCÈ PASQUAL

SPECIAL THANKS: THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL, ORIOL AGUILÁ, DANIEL ARAGALL, FERNANDO OLIVES-GOMILA, DAMIÀ CARBONELL, ROGER ALIER, SALVADOR OLIVA, ROBERTA PASQUINUCCI, JOSEP MONTSERRAT, JÈSSICA JAQUES, MARO CHERMAYEFF  I  MICHAEL KANTOR.

DIRECTOR
BARCELONA 2018 - PRESENT 
THEATRE: OPENED AT THE TEATRE BORRÀS ON MARCH 16TH 2018
PRODUCED BY: ANEXA

CAST: MARÍA BAYO (CALLAS)  / ANNA ALBORCH (SHARON) / JORDI ANDÚJAR (EL UTILERO) / PAU BAIGES (MANNY) / JÚLIA JOVÉ (SOPHIE) / EZEQUIEL SALMAN (TONY)

“AUTHENTIC”
“MASTER CLASS” HAS NOW LANDED IN BARCELONA IN A VERSION WHICH HAS THE ADDED VALUE OF FEATURING THE WORLD-RENOWNED SOPRANO, MARIA BAYO, AS OPPOSED TO A MORE TEXT-BASED ACTRESS. BAYO PROVIDES US WITH A MUCH MORE INFORMED RENDERING OF THE LEAD CHARACTER IN A CLEVERLY “REMASTERED” VERSION – FOR WANT OF A BETTER WAY OF PUTTING IT, COURTESY OF STAGE DIRECTOR MARC MONTSERRAT-DRUKKER. HE SHOULD BE DULY AND TRULY ACKNOWLEDGED FOR HIS NOVEL IDEA, IN A WORLD-WIDE CONTEXT, OF HAVING THE LEAD ROLE PLAYED BY AN OPERA SINGER INSTEAD OF AN ACTRESS. (…) MARÍA BAYO MASTERFULLY CONSTRUCTS THE AUTHORITARIAN, DETERMINED AND YET VERY HUMAN PERSONA OF THE DIVA, WITH ALL HER TICS AND EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY.

ROGER ALIER / PLATEA MAGAZINE

TO HAVE MARÍA BAYO AS THE LEADING CHARACTER IN MASTER CLASS IS A GENUINE LUXURY (…) AND MARC MONTSERRAT-DRUKKER HAS ENVELOPED HER IN HIS EXQUISITE STAGE DIRECTION.

JUAN CARLOS OLIVARES / TIME OUT

MARÍA BAYO IS A DIVA OF BEL CANTO, ANOTHER CALLAS. (…) SHE DOMINATES THE SCENES AND HER SUPERLATIVE DICTION MAKES FOR ONE OF THE BEST TREATS YOU CAN BE GIVEN FROM UPON A STAGE: THERE IS NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAT THE SOUND OF WORDS AND THIS IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE. (…) THE PRODUCTION, WHICH IS FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL TEXT, PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICALLY RIGOROUS AND DELICATELY STAGED, IS INDEED A “MASTER CLASS” (AT BARCELONA’S BORRÁS THEATRE), WITH ALL THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS, RANGING FROM THE DIVA HERSELF TO THE PROP MAN, TRANSFORMED INTO A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERS. THE ASPIRING STUDENT SINGERS (…) WHO ENGAGE WITH THE UNIVERSAL SOPRANO, FORM PART OF A SMALL AND BRILLIANT CAST WHO ACCOMPANY BAYO IN THE PRODUCTION (…) DIRECTED BY MARC MONTSERRAT DRUKKER, A SPECIALIST IN MUSICALS.

JOSEP SANDOVAL / BOLLERINAFINA.COM

(…) PLEASE DON`T MISS OUT ON GOING TO THE BORRÀS THEATRE BEFORE THE PRODUCTION FLIES OFF TO ANOTHER VENUE. IT WILL BE MUCH TALKED ABOUT. (…) A GREAT PLAY, OR PERHAPS I SHOULD SAY “OPERETTA” IN THE PUREST SENSE OF THE WORD.

ELENA PITA / EL MUNDO

(…) THE UNIQUENESS OF THE PRODUCTION LIES IN THE FACT THAT IT IS A SOPRANO, AND NOT INDEED A VETERAN STAGE ACTRESS, WHO TAKES ON THE ROLE OF MARIA CALLAS, THUS ENHANCING STAGE DIRECTOR MARC MONTSERRAT-DRUKKER’S VERSION OF THE PLAY (…) MARIA BAYO SHOULD BE AWARDED VERY HIGH MARKS. (…) SHE DOMINATES THE SCENES THROUGHOUT THE PLAY AND INTERACTS WITH THE AUDIENCE, AS IF THEY WERE ALL INDEED ATTENDING A REAL MASTER CLASS. (…) THE NAVARRA-BORN SOPRANO HAS FREQUENTLY PERFORMED AT BARCELONA’S PRESTIGIOUS GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU AND PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA, WHERE SHE HAS NUMEROUS FOLLOWERS.

ANDREU SOTORRA / RECOMANA.CAT

MARÍA BAYO “LA DIVINA”/ ”THE DIVINE”              (OR “WELCOME TO A NEW ACTRESS”).
BARCELONA’S BORRÀS THEATRE HOSTS A NEW STAGING OF “MASTER CLASS” WHICH, FOR VARIOUS REASONS, IS DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE OTHERS. THE CHOICE OF MARÍA BAYO TO PLAY THE MAIN CHARACTER WAS THE RIGHT DECISION BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS. MARC MONTSERRAT-DRUKKER HAS SURPRISED US WITH WHAT MAY WELL BE THE MOST APPROPRIATE RENDERING OF TERRENCE MCNALLY’S ORIGINAL PLAY EVER. (…) AND IGNACIO GARCÍA MAY’S TRANSLATION IS ALSO PARTICULARLY RELEVANT. IT MANAGES TO MARK THE PERSONALITY AND THE CONTRAST OF (AND BETWEEN) ALL THE FEATURED CHARACTERS, AND ESPECIALLY THE LEADING ROLE. JON BERRONDO’S SET TRANSFORMS THE STAGE INTO THE CENTRE OF THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL’S AUDITORIUM. (…) MARIA BAYO’S PRESENCE WAS NOT JUST A REQUEST MADE BY THE DIRECTOR. IT WAS INDEED A NECESSITY. THIS INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SOPRANO HAS MADE A COURAGEOUS AND POTENTIALLY RISKY STAGE DEBUT. BUT ALSO A SUCCESSFUL ONE. BAYO DOES NOT PLAY HERSELF, BUT RATHER TRANSFORMS INTO MARIA CALLAS. (…) AND SHE REGALES US ALL WITH A VERITABLE MASTER CLASS.

FERNANDO SOLLA / ENPLATEA.COM

MARC MONTSERRAT-DRUKKER, THE DRIVING FORCE AND STAGE DIRECTOR OF THIS NEW PRODUCTION, HAS EXPLAINED THAT, ALTHOUGH THE LEADING CHARACTER WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR A THEATRE ACTRESS, “IF WE LISTEN TO THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS OF MARIA CALLAS’S MASTER CLASSES, WE CAN SEE THAT THEY WERE MUCH MORE SUNG THAN SPOKEN”, AND THIS INSPIRED HIM TO FIND BOTH A GREAT SOPRANO AND A GREAT ACTRESS FOR THE ROLE. HE DISCOVERED SUCH A COMBINATION IN MARIA BAYO, WHO ROSE TO THE OCCASION IN FRONT OF A DEVOTED AUDIENCE. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA WITH A DIFFERENCE!  *****

PROMETEO ENCADENADO / SHANGAY 

A DOUBLE MASTER CLASS. THE BEST COMPLIMENT I CAN OFFER IS THAT, AFTER WITNESSING THIS ADAPTATION, I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO VISUALIZE THE PLAY AS PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED, WITHOUT A LYRICAL SINGER IN THE LEADING ROLE. MARC MONTSERRAT-DRUKKER’S RE-READING OF TERRENCE MCNALLY’S TEXT MUST THEREFORE BE MUCH APPLAUDED. (…) IT IS A DIFFERENT AND PERHAPS RISKIER APPROACH. IT IS NOT EASY TO MIX OPERA, BIOGRAPHY AND REFLECTIONS UPON ART, DRAMA AND HUMOUR AND MANAGE TO ACHIEVE ACCESSIBLE, PROFOUND AND ENTERTAINING RESULTS IN THE BEST SENSE OF THE WORDS (…)

HEBERT PARODI / TEATRE BARCELONA

@JOGLARS  YESTERDAY WE ENJOYED
A #MASTERCLASS
WONDERFULLY ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY @MARCMONTSERRATD
WITH AN EXCELLENT CAST AND
A BRILLIANT @MARIA_BAYO
AT #TEATROBORRAS @GRUP_BALANA
#BARCELONA

@RAMONGENER WITH THE GREAT MARIA BAYO (#MARIACALLAS) AND @MARCMONTSERRATD (DIRECTOR) FOLLOWING THE LAST PERFORMANCE
#MASTERCLASS BY TERRENCE MCNALLY IN #BARCELONA
BRAVISSIMA! 
BRAVISSIMI!
THANKS FOR THIS MASTER CLASS.
MY BEST WISHES FOR THE TOUR WHICH IS ABOUT TO KICK OFF!

 

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