2023 El retablo de maese Pedro II
The Palace of Charles V
Thursday 22 June 22:00 Opera
Vocal Universe. Opera II



Orquesta Ciudad de Granada

Alicia Amo, sopran (Trujamán)

David Alegret, tenor (Master Petero)

José Antonio López, baritone (Don Quixote)

Juan Carlos Garvayo, harpsichord

Aarón Zapico, musical direction


Compañía Etcétera

Enrique Lanz, stage direction, puppets, set design and projections



Master Peter’s Puppet Show

A tryptich about Don Quixote



Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Burlesque de Quichotte, Oberture-Suite in G major, TWV 55:G1 (1716)

Joseph Bodin Boismortier (1689-1755)

Ecerpts from Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse, Op. 97 (1743)


Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Master Peter’s Puppet Show (1919-1923)

One Hundred Years of the Puppet Show

On June 25, 1923, Manuel de Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show, one of the most unique and important stage works in the history of Spanish music, was premiered at the palace of the Princess of Polignac in Paris. Conceived on an episode of Don Quixote as a brief chamber opera for puppets, the piece had already been heard in March of that same year at the San Fernando Theatre in Seville, but in a concert version. For the Parisian premiere, Falla had the collaboration of the teacher, engraver and set designer Hermenegildo Lanz. In 2009, his grandson Enrique Lanz, leader of the prestigious Compañía Etcétera, created some giant puppets to present the piece at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and these very same puppets are the ones that will be on the stage of the Alhambra, together with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Aarón Zapico, and a group of select Spanish singers. A couple of pieces inspired in Cervantes from the Baroque period are to complete the program.

Performance with no interval

On the occasion of the prmiere in Paris of Master Peter’s Puppet Show     


Concert recorded by the Mezzo television channel for deferred broadcast.