Participatory opera is a project that aims to focus a passion for arts in secondary school students on opera and to encourage them to actively take part in a show.
The Monster in the Maze aims to bring opera to secondary school students through music, acting and movement.
The opera “The Monster in the Maze” is a reinterpretation of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur from a collective and participatory creation in which hundreds of young singers from various schools in the city of Barcelona share the stage with professional musicians and performing artists. It is a story of determination and survival that leads us to situate the action in the present, creating a parallel with the migration and refugee problems that are so affecting our society.
The overall artistic experience that young people will have for themselves will be very positive and impacting. The theme of the work and Paco Azorín’s interpretation of it, allow a comprehensive training project to be developed that involves various areas of knowledge, beyond the artistic and musical, and raises awareness to current reality.
Within its areas of activity, the Bosch Aymerich Foundation aims at education and culture. On 21 February, a collaboration agreement was therefore signed with the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation.
The event was attended by the Patron Elena Cabarrocas, and the Manager Rafael Faus, from the Bosch Aymerich Foundation, and General Manager Valentí Oviedo and Director Helena Roca of Sponsorship, Patronage and Events from the Gran Teatre del Liceu Foundation.
700 High School Certificate and Baccalaureate students, 20 schools, 50 members of the Oriol Martorell Children’s Embryo Choir, 50 members of the Bruckner Choir’s Embryo Youth Choir and 50 members of the Adult Embryo Choir of the Coral Càrmina are taking part in this edition.
The première of the opera, scheduled for 24 March, and the corresponding performances were cancelled because of the security measures established by the Government of Catalonia for the prevention of the coronavirus, and the Department of Education of the Government of Catalonia called for the suspension of all activities, bar educational and curricular, organised by schools outside the centre and which involve students from various schools simultaneously.