The Music Commission of the Círculo del Liceu hosted the conference prior to the opera Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, which is being represented at the Gran Teatre del Liceu from September 22 to October 4. The conference was given by Carlos Calderón, Dr. in Humanities, musician and historian.
The distinguished director Katie Mitchell brings us her own take on Ariadne auf Naxos, a tale about the wealthiest man in Vienna who commissions a young composer to write a serious opera and then invites a troupe from the commedia dell’arte to come along as well. When both are instructed to perform together, the flirtatious Zerbinetta sets about convincing the tragic Ariadne that men are all the same, and indeed interchangeable. By thus juxtaposing fidelity and metamorphosis, the opera honours both Molière and Mozart with a result that is as impertinent as it is irresistible. Life leaves us no choice but to forget and move on.
Carlos Calderón is an active lecturer at various Catalan cultural institutions. Since his arrival in Barcelona in 2003, he has been incorporated into the cultural and musical life of the city, distinguished by his investigative rigor, his entertaining lectures and the preparation of highly suggestive audiovisual presentations. He graduated in Architecture in Venezuela and simultaneously completed his full studies in Music. He completed higher studies in Logic and Philosophy of Science and has a master's degree in History of Sciences from the University of Barcelona. In 2013 he obtained a PhD in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University, directing his research towards the study of Music, Art and Science within the framework of a History of Culture.