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Le malentendu, based on a work of the same title by Albert Camus, has its debut in Spain in a co-production by the Teatro Real and the Teatros del Canal. This chamber opera by Fabián Panisello is a psychological drama where electronic music, amplification and the text in French converge in perfect harmony.  

Starting Point

A man who has been living abroad for a long time returns home incognito, unaware that his sister and widowed mother are making their living by taking in passersby, who they then murder. They carry on in a routine manner as though this was a normal existence, disregarding their previous lives. "Habit begins with the second crime. With the first, nothing starts, something ends” Neither woman recognizes her brother or her son and, inevitably, the man meets the same fate as the rest of the travelers.  Le malentendu is for four singers, an actor, electronics and a chamber orchestra. It poses an ambitious and innovative relationship between the text - respecting the original French by Camus -  and the electronics, amplification and instrumentation. This electroacoustic creation was put together in the CIRM (Centre National de Création Musicale) in Nice, France and will be heard for the first time at the Teatros del Canal.  


'Le malentendu'

Chamber opera

Music by Fabián Panisello (1963)

Libretto by Juan Lucas, after the homonymous work by Albert Camus
Premiere in Spain

Production by Teatro Real and the Teatros del Canal, in coproduction with the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Neue Oper Wien and the Centre National de Création Musical of Nice

Principal Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Performance Dates

  • 20 MAR (M) 20:00h
  • 22 MAR (W) 22:00h
  • 23 MAR (T) 22:00h
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