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Cubana Clįsica - A Night at the Opera in Havana

18 July 2018


Step into the spirit of Havana at this performance packed with new music by award-winning composers.

A Night at the Opera in Havana features one of Cuba's most brilliant young concert pianists, Marcos Madrigal, with jazz virtuoso Omar Puente and opera singer Ann Liebeck.

The programme includes two world premieres and two UK premieres, with lyrics from work by master poets Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda.

The evening features music by Ernesto Lecuona, Cuba's answer to George Gershwin and contemporary Cuban composers Omar Puente, the LUKAS award winner 2016, and Guido López-Gavilán.

Plus, hear from Grammy Award-winning Cuban composer Yalil Guerra; Grammy Award-winning Argentinian composer Fernando Otero; and tango composer Julian Rowlands, who was Olivier Award-nominated alongside the cast of Midnight Tango.


Ann Liebeck soprano
Marcos Madrigal piano
Omar Puente violin
Julian Rowlands bandoneon


Ernesto Lecuona: Ante el Escorial
Xavier Montsalvatage: 5 Canciones negras
Ernesto Lecuona: La comparsa; Gitanerias; Malagueña; 5 Canciones con versas de Juana de Ibarbourou
Yalil Guerra: Seducción (UK premiere); Amor, Son de Negros de Cuba, iré a Santiago (World premiere)
Fernando Otero: Prima donna (UK premiere)
José White Laffite: La bella Cubana
Guido López-Gavilán: Un recuerdo (Congo in E minor)
Omar Puente: Danzón Gloria
Rodrigo Prats: Romanza María Belén Chacón
Julian Rowlands: New work for soprano, violin, bandoneon & piano (World premiere)
Gonzalo Roig: Yo soy Cecilia from Cecilia Valdéz
Carlos Gardel: Por una cabeza arr. Julian Rowlands for soprano, violin, bandoneon & piano

Full details and to book tickets on Southbank website here

Contact details

South Bank Centre, London

Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

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