Brune at night, one-act chamber opera (2004)

Other titles | Bruna de nit, òpera de cambra en un acte (Catalan) — Morena de noche, ópera de cámara en un acto (Spanish).

Instrumentation

| 1 soprano, 1 mezzo-soprano, 1 tenor, 2 baritones.
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1 flute, 1clarinet, 1 violin, 1 violoncello, 1 contrabass, 1 piano, 1 percussionist (whistle, triangle, bell tree, suspended cymbals (swing and crash), rattle, temple—blocks, castanets, xylophone, 2 timbales, side drum, bass drum with attached cymbals).

Duration | 45 minutes.

Premiere (concert version)

| Pocket Opera Festival of Barcelona — Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) — Barcelona (Spain) | 26th of November of 2004.
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Paula Nogueira (soprano), Escarlata Blanco (mezzo-soprano), Jordi Velázquez (tenor), Marcos Riccetti and Eduard Moreno (baritones), Joan Miquel Artigues (narrator).
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Bernat Castillejo (flute), Pere Benítez (clarinet), Jesús Lira (violin), Anna Comellas (violoncello), Toni Cubedo (contrabass), Daniel Garcia (piano), Santi Molas (percussion), Xavier Pagès-Corella (conductor).
| Pocket Opera Festival of Barcelona (production).

Premiere (staged version)

| Metropol Theater — Tarragona (Spain) | 8th and 9th of November of 2008.
| Mercè Baiget (soprano), Mireia Bonet (mezzo-soprano), Josep Maria Fort (tenor), Germán de la Riva and Andrés Moya (baritones), Rosa Peláez i Marina Gayoso (trapezists).

| Soloists of the Camerata XXI Orchestra: Mirjam Plass (flute), Joan Plaja (clarinet), Marta Cardona (violin), Oriol Aymat (violoncello), Nenat Jovic (contrabass), i Paco Montañés (percussion).

| Sílvia Vidal (piano and correpetition).

| Xavier Pagès-Corella (conductor), Víctor Álvaro (stage director), Núria Baixeras (artistic director) and Anton Baixeras (illumination).
| Drama9 (production).

Text | On a libretto of the same title by Joan Duran, written originally in Catalan and edited by Arola Editors.

Argument

| One day, there was a country where the moon did not appear since a lot of time ago. The problems in that country where extremely serious: it was a fading world.
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Pessic Magí, a fabulous and intrepid character, meet Bruna and took her to the world of the Celestial Circus to find the problem's solution. Once there, the Trapezist will show them that is she herself who takes care of the poor moon. Pessic Magí will go inside of the moon, following the squeaks which come from its interior. There, he will discover that who moves the lunar mechanism are two twins who are completely seduced by two malevolent stars which shine from opposite corners of the universe: each of them pulls the mechanism to different sides!
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Finally, he will find the solution to the problem: it is necessary to create the most shining and wonderful star in the sky. Bruna will be this star, dressing herself with the best piece of each celestial body. With this new star on the sky, everything comes again to life: both twins, deeply in love, follow it making the moon to move again. The whole Universe recovers its lost harmony.

Comments | Commissioned by the Pocket Opera Festival of Barcelona 2004, specially appropriate for family public. In the concert version premiere, some extra poems by Joan Duran where used to compensate the lack of scene action.

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Video On-Line

| Drama9 production at the Metropol Theather of Tarragona (2008).

Audio On-Line | Pocket Opera Festival 2004.

Prelude

Scene 1

Scene 2

Scene 3

Scene 4

Scene 5

Scene 6

Scene 7

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