Gálvez the Unsung Hero of the American Revolution - Let's Make Him Sing!
|Have a look at the life of Bernardo de
Gálvez. He was fighting the Apache in Texas. Fighting
the Moors in Africa. The Portuguese in Europe. He was
Governor of Spanish Louisiana during the American War of
Independence. While Spain was still neutral, he supported
the American patriots with secret deliveries of arms and
other supplies provided by the French and Spanish
governments. As soon as Spain joined the war, Gálvez set
forth to conquer the British forts in Baton Rouge, Mobile
and Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico, thus keeping the
limeys busy, and the mouth of the Mississippi open for
further much-needed supplies to George Washington's
Gálvez was a crucial contributor to American independence. He is the namesake of Galveston TX, and the man who established the tradition of Texas cattle drives. His portrait hangs inside the U.S. Capitol, and he is one of only eight honorary citizens of the USA. His life is crying to become an opera, isnt it?
Felicité, my love! (Love duet)
Dies irae ... No, Father, you're in the wrong book! (Gálvez is not yet ready to die)
From low obscurity I made my way to fame (Beaumarchais meets Maria Rosa de Gálvez)
|Reading about Gálvez is a sheer pleasure.
Characteristic scenes, colorful speech, striking
anecdotes left, right, and center. And think of the
people around him:
All these characters will be part of the Gálvez opera. Their various ethnic backgrounds will be a feast for the composer. And a formidable composer we have: it is Mary Carol Warwick who has nine operas brought to stage so far, including several commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. Two of her operas are bilingual, English-Spanish. Her works are performed not only in the U.S. and in Canada, but also in Europe and in Singapore. She is intrigued by the libretto and already had several working sessions with Marec.
A showcase performance with the first two scenes, with singers handpicked by Mary Carol Warwick, and Paul Boyd at the piano, was held at Rice Univerity on 5 April 2017 (see poster below).
The second showcase performance with the world premiere of scenes 3 and 4 will take place on Tue 30 Oct. 2018 at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Hirsch Orchestra Rehearsal Hall. Stay tuned!
Los Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez, an organisation founded in 1973, cherishes the memory of Bernao de Gálvez and educates the public on the Spanish contribution to American independence.
Parts of the Gálvez opera libretto were read in Houston, San Antonio, and Washington DC.
Fundraising has started. Donations are tax-deductible.
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