Opera < Back to list


Raquel García-Tomás is one of today’s most prominent composers in Spain. This season includes her world premiere of the opera bufa Je suis narcissiste. The cast and artistic team will be markedly Spanish and Vinicius Kattah will conduct the Teatro Real orchestra in four performances at the Teatro Español, in what is the first collaboration between the two theatres, located in the neighbouring plazas of Santa Ana and the Oriente.


Opera buffa

Music by Raquel García-Tomás (1984)
Libretto by Helena Tornero
World premiere
Production by the Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, in collaboration with the Teatro Real, the Teatro Español of Madrid and the Teatre Lliure of Barcelona

Teatro Español

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

Starting Point

It appears to be a more than opportune moment to talk about narcissim. This type of narcissism that inundates everything; that inflates our perception of ourselves and encourages us to do everything in grand style, even if we may have forgotten the reason why we are doing it. Based on black humour, making no concessions, Je suis narcissiste offers us a person who organizes cultural events and who lives each day as though it were an obstacle course existing between herself and her happiness. The events overwhelm her and people leave her immersed in a sensation of loneliness. Couples, pets, bosses, artists or funeral home employees appear to be a lot more interested in talking than listening. Given such a fecund cultural medium, it proves sufficient that the reaction is triggered -in the form of a dead cat- for her complete emotional collapse. Exhausted, she arrives at the office of a psychiatrist who embraces all kinds of theories as eccentric as he himself. The two of them will travel together through an experience of transformation (or not).

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Vinicius Kattah
  • Stage director: Marta Pazos
  • Set designer: Fernando Ribeiro
  • Director's Assistant: Alberto Trijueque
  • Lighting designer: Nuno Meira
  • Choreographer: Amaya Galeote
  • Sound design: Sixto Cámara
  • Costume designer: Pier Paolo Álvaro
· - ·
  • Clotilde: Elena Copons
  • Giovanni: Toni Marsol
  • Woman: María Hinojosa
  • Man: Joan Ribalta

Performance Dates

  • 6 MAR (W) 19:00h
  • 7 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 9 MAR (S) 20:00h
  • 10 MAR (S) 19:00h
  • Place: