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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, A passing wedding procession with its mandolin rondalla also serves to keep them amused. 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 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.

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Another actor notices a masked man 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, Luis Candeles.

Elena quickly tends to his wounds, and the pair sing of their love together in front of the stricken Maravillas in a sweeping Terceto: Mail me or visit my Homepage.

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The premiere took place on 12th December, and popularity was pretty well guaranteed to a work combining revolution and escapist romance. 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.

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Sustained musical quality enables it to retain that early popularity. Sent to deliver a letter caalesera his mistress and failing to gain entry, Calatrava attempts a robbery to get himself put in jail and so carry out his orders.

There is a volley of shots, and the wounded Rafael staggers in. Over an orchestral Final recalling many of the most memorable themes of the zarzuela, Maravillas sighs that now she has nobody to love caldsera though before being led away Candeles finds time to whisper that he at least will always love the beautiful Calesera.

The comedian Gangarilla provokes a lively dialogue about the repressive nature of the government and likely ban on the next piece 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, calrsera when Gangarilla repeats a distressing rumor that he has become engaged to Elena, Marquesa de Albas.


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: Having learned of the existence of her beautiful rival, Elena decides to warn her off. Two policemen duly arrive, but Maravillas and the players sing the swaggering Pasacalle de los chisperos: It is left to Maravillas to keep the peace; and once harmony is restored she leads the company in ca,esera free-wheeling, improvisatory Seguidillas: La Calesera scores high on both counts.

Last updated February 16th The reasons are easy to seek, given the political fervour of Madrid.

Commercially as well as musically, La Calesera represents the high water mark of Alonso ‘s brilliant career. Scene 2 – Inside the prison.

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Last updated February 16th Mail me or visit my Homepage. The players are rehearsing their new piece, anxiously waiting for news of the rising. Their next visitor is slightly less welcome: