Cartes a Julieta


The monastery in Verona where, according to tradition, Juliet, the young co-star of Romeo and Juliet, still receives letters from people all over the world who write to the unfortunate lover. Even a local teacher was responsible for years to respond to those letters. Inspired by this story, the rock musician Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet released an album in 1993 made up of twenty songs, each of which was based on one of those stories of love, betrayal and heartbreak written by men and the anonymous women who addressed Juliet. The string quartet and Costello himself performed the album at the Palau de la Música Catalana in 1995, but now we can listen to a Catalan version of these songs in the BARTS room performed by Ivan Labanda, one of the best-known names in the music scene in our land. The staging of these letters and love stories is directed by the director and playwright Sergi Belbel, and they are set to music by a quartet of soloists from the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, which takes the name of Quartet Juliet for the occasion.


Release Date: 04/07/2019
Site: La Sala Barts al Grec

Title: Cartes a Julieta
Direction: Sergi Belbel
Musical Direction: Marta Cardona
Libreto: Sergi Belbel
Music: Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet. Quartet Juliet de la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès
Production: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès


Ivan Labanda
Marta Cardona
María González
Joan Félix
Sandrine Robillard


“An hour and ten minutes of good music, with a singular, different staging, and the magnificent voice of Ivan Labanda.”

“A different concert with natural and essential gestures. Ivan Labanda executes minimal and effective movements, and the fact is that the actor and singer made the stage his own whether he walked it from top to bottom, or concentrated attention on a single point.”

“Without pretending to imitate Costello, Labanda defends himself in a very difficult work vocally due to the contrast of registers in the tessitura and expressiveness, displaying a fluctuating range of emotions, at the same time that he shines in the changes of imposition and in the emission of the voice.”

“A show full of sensitivity, both for the quality of its performers and for its careful staging, which turns what could be a simple concert into a true Musical Theater proposal.”

“The Voice of Ivan Labanda adds up all the points for it to be a great show. Today, there is no doubt that he is the interpreter par excellence.”

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