Opera in concert version

Pietro Mascagni

18 May, 20 - 22 May, 20

Titular Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real.


09 MAR. 20

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The Teatro Real premieres Iris by Pietro Mascagni, in a concert version conducted by Evelino Pidó, with interpretive dramatism in the main role by Ermonela Jaho, who, after her outstanding performance in Madama Butterfly and La Traviata has become one of the most applauded singers at the Teatro Real over the past years.

Melodramma in three acts

Music by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
Libretto by Luigi Illica

Premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, 22nd of November, 1898.
Premiere in the Teatro Real

Opera in concert version

Artistic Team

Conductor I Evelino Pidó

Chorus Master I Andrés Máspero



Blind Man I Fernando Radó

Iris I Ermonela Jaho

Osaka I Leonardo Capalbo

Kyoto I Gabriele Viviani

Dhia/ Geisha I Miren Urbieta- Vega

Mercader/ Mendigo I Vicenç Esteve



Subtitles in

Español, Inglés


Synopsis of Iris

The aesthetics applicable to a legendary Japan contrasts with the rawness of a hopeless story.

The red-lights district of Tokyo will be a silent witness of the fall to disgrace of a young girl who has been kidnapped and held in a brothel by an admirer. Having been frustrated by her innocence, he will finally disown her without having been able to possess her. If that weren’t enough, the young girl will have to deal with the scorn of a father convinced that she has freely chosen prostitution. As the possibility of returning home dissipates and so does her will to live.

The oriental harmonic fantasies proposed by the score of Pietro Mascagni, at no point sweeten the fact that we are observing a narrative based on the accepted (and even applauded) performance of what is basically the intent of rape of a young girl. It is also disturbingly familiar that it is the young girl that has to bear the burden of guilt for a crime that was not committed.

Iris is an opera as uncomfortable for the audience of its premiere as it is for today’s audience.


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25 February



03 March


General Public

09 March


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18 May 2020


Main Auditorium

Fernando Radó, Ermonela Jaho, Leonardo Capalbo, Gabriele Viviani, Miren Urbieta-Vega, Vicenç Esteve
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22 May 2020


Main Auditorium

Fernando Radó, Ermonela Jaho, Leonardo Capalbo, Gabriele Viviani, Miren Urbieta-Vega, Vicenç Esteve
Subscription tickets A


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