Paul Alan Barker, Composer

La Malinche
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La Malinche

Prologue and Opera

May now be seen on YouTube

recorded by Canal Once television, Modern Music Theatre Troupe conducted by Paul Barker, Festival del Centro Historico, Mexico 1992

Listen to Opening of La Malinche

Prologue to La Malinche

opera after historical event

Premiere: 1992 Festival de Centro Historico, Mexico City
Libretto by the composer drawn from historical documents of the conquest of Mexico, composer conducting.

Directed by Caroline Sharman with Modern Music Theatre Troupe;

For 3 soloists, chorus of 10, 4 percussion, 2 brass.

Televised in Mexico.

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Maria Huesca as La Mujer in the Prologue, Mexico 1992

REVIEWS:

The Modern Music Theatre Troupe, one of the most interesting fringe opera companies in the country today, staged a remarkable new work called La Malinche...its consistency of tone and capacity for sustaining tension over protracted scenes turn out to be the work's greatest strength, and what holds the attention from first to last. Times Educational Supplement

Without doubt Paul Barker's operatic work La Malinche, is a majesterial creation. tr. Diario de Mexico

La Malinche

opera after historical story

Libretto by composer after historical sources drawn from historical documents of the conquest of Mexico, in 4 languages.

Premiere 7.7.89: The London International Opera Festival

Composer conducting;

directed by Akemi Horie

with Modern Music Theatre Troupe

Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain

For 3 soloists, chorus of 10, 2 brass and 1 percussion.
Recorded for BBC Radio 3 & televised in Mexico.

Hear opening of La Malinche

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Richard Jackson as Cortes, Susan Murray as Malinche, UK 1990

REVIEWS:

In an age when few composers can still succeed in writing truly original music, Mr Barker who directed this performance has achieved something truly remarkable. Within a score that is satisfying for both singers and listener, he has struck a distinctive new note, exploring many unusual timbres. OPERA Magazine

How refreshing to hear a new opera that is about music, based on elaborate, demanding and satisfying writing for a chorus of ten (excellently prepared and executed), and on genuine ability to write for the voice...nothing but praise for Barker's conducting OPERA Magazine

Barker’s latest piece, the 45-minute long La Malinche, was premiered at the Place on Wednesday. How refreshing to encounter a new opera that is about music, based on elaborate, demanding and satisfying writing for a chorus of ten (excellently prepared and executed), and on genuine ability to write rewardingly for the voice, both elements discreetly supported by a band of three…An evening of real musical substance, then; tonight’s repeat performance is warmly recommended. Financial Times 9.6.89