Teatro Español y Naves del Español


Chamber opera based on the work of the same name by Max Aub
Tránsito web ©Jesus Ugalde
May 29
June 5, 2021



Tuesday to Saturday / 8pm
Sunday / 7pm



At a time when many Spanish republican ex-combatants and exiles still held out hope that the allied armies of World War II would put an end to the Franco regime, Max Aub anticipated the total stoppage of time to which history would condemn all of them in a labyrinth of conflicting loyalties, rifts and political and personal disappointments.

Tránsito [Transit] is a theatrical work written in 1944 and set on a restless night in 1947 during Mexican exile. It constitutes an ethical testimony of that historic moment and the literary base of this chamber opera in one act divided into twelve “instants”, written by Zaragoza-born composer Jesús Torres, the recipient of the Premio Nacional de Música in 2012. Torres’ operatic début is supported by a solid artistic career spanning more than three decades; he is an independent and versatile voice that has undergone increasing freedom, intensity and emotion with the passage of time, and a passionate connection with Spanish poetry that is always reflected in his musical production. Here, the music is dense and complex from the first strains of the orchestral prelude, a reflection of Max Aub’s unsettling text.

Cast and Creative Team
Stage director: Eduardo Vasco
Musical direction: Jordi Francés Música
Music and libretto: Jesús Torres
Cast: Lydia Vinyes-Curtis, Isaac Galán, Maria Miró, Javier Franco, José Manuel Sánchez
House orchestra of Teatro Real
Scenic design: Carolina González
Costume design: Lorenzo Caprile
Lighting design: Carolina González

A co-production of Teatro Real y Teatro Español