Soprano Ashley Bell Headlines World Premiere of ‘Klara’ at Festival Músical en Villafranca

By David Salazar

The Festival Música en Villafranca is set to close out its 2022 edition with two operatic performances starring soprano Ashley Bell.

First up, the soprano will take on Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” in a version for piano. The concert will also include music by Rachmaninoff featuring pianists Eduardo Frías and Pedro Halffter.

Performance Date: August 26, 2022

Closing out the festival will be Pedro Halffter’s “Klara,” which will be making its world premiere. The opera is composed for soprano and two pianos and the score is divided up into four scenes or haikus. It focuses on Klara, a form of artificial intelligence who probes what it means to be human and whether she can achieve any semblance of it. The showcase is set to take place at the Iglesia de San Nicolás.

Pianists Pedro Halffter and Eduardo Frías will perform in the program, which also features Strauss’ Alpine Symphony.

Performance Date: August 27, 2022