PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

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Andorra la VellaEscaldes-EngordanySan Julia de LoriaLa MassanaOrdinoEncampCanilloPas de la Casa



DON CARLOS: Thursday, 19th October at 17.45 at the Cinemes Illia Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Opera Direct from Opéra National de Paris: Directed by KRZYSZTOF WARLIKOWAKI. Starring: JONAS KAUFMAN as Don Carlos, ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV as Philippe II, SONYA YONCHEVA as Elizabeth, LUDOVIC TÉZIER as Rodrigue and ELINA GARANCA as Eboli. THE PRODUCTION. This is the original version of Verdi’s DON CARLOS written in French in five acts in 1867. THE STORY. Don Carlos, the Infante of Spain, witnesses his beloved Elisabeth, princess of France, stolen from him by his father, Philippe II of Spain. The desolate Carlos goes to support the rebellion in Flanders. Meanwhile the Spanish Inquisition holds Spain in terror. Eboli, the King’s mistress, becomes jealous after Don Carlos spurns her advances. She plots to ruin Don Carlos and he is thrown into prison. Rodrigue, his best friend, is shot by an assassin. Don Carlos, having been freed, makes a tryst with the Queen. Discovered by the King, he is handed over to the Inquisition to be put to death.


A TRIBUTE TO NARCISO YEPES AND HIS GUITAR: Friday, 20th October at 21h at the National Auditorium, Ordino. (Tickets: 25€ in advance or 30€ on the night. Some seats at the back of the stage and down the sides are 20€ in advance and 25€ on the night. From the Ordino Tourist Office.) 35È FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL NARCISO YEPES ORDINO I FUNDACIÓ CRÈDIT ANDORRÀ – On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the death of Narciso Yepes, the Classical National Orchestra of Andorra will pay tribute to one of the 20th century’s most gifted classical guitarists. The programme is directed by the Maestro’s son, Ignacio Yepes. The guitar part in the Concerto d’Aranjuez will be played by GERARDO ARRIAGA. Next, ONCA and IGNACIO YEPES will remember the master with Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 4 in A major.

24TH SEASON OF THE ONCA. QUARTET IMPRESSIONS. Saturday, 21st October at 20h at the Museu Thyssen, Escaldes-Engordany. (Free but advance reservation obligatory: 800 800). With pieces by Eduard Toldrà, Gabriel Faurè and Antonin Dvorak. MUSICIANS: PERE BARDAGÍ & JOSEP MARTÍNEZ REINOSO (violins); LAIA CAPDEVILA (viola); DANIEL CLARET (cello).

TUTTO MOZART: Saturday, 21st at 20.30 and Sunday, 22nd October at 18h at the Centre Cultural, Sant Julià de Lòria. (Tickets 22€ or 17€ for holders of carnet jove, targa magna, those under 18 and friends of the Associació Andorra Lírica from www.codetickets.com.): a lyric tour of Mozart’s best vocal arias, duos, trios and quartets from operas such as Così fan Tutte, The Marriage of Fígaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, etc.
MUSICIANS: JONAINA SALVADOR (soprano), LAURA VILA (mezzo soprano), PABLO GARCÍA (tenor), JORGE TELLO (baritone), GUILLEM FORNÉ (bass baritone), SOLISTES DE L’ORQUESTRA DE L’ÒPERA D’ANDORRA, LAIA MARTÍN (piano) (Running time 1h 30m with one interval.)


LION. Thursday, 19th October at 17.45 at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. DIRECTED by GARTH DAVIS. STARRING: DEV PATEL, NICOLE KIDMAN, ROONEY MARA. THE STORY: Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Culturally yours,



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