COMPOSER & VIDEO ARTIST
Raquel García-Tomás is a composer specialising in interdisciplinary creation who completed her doctorate at the Royal College of Music of London. She has recently received the Premio Nacional de Música 2020 (National Music Award). Her projects include collaborations with the English National Ballet, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Dresdner Musikfestspiele and the multi-awarded opera Je suis narcissiste. Raquel teaches composition and music theory at the Taller de Músics College in Barcelona.
World Premiere of 'Suite of Myself'
The world premiere of "Suite of Myself" took place on 13 May 2022 at L'Auditori de Barcelona.
Conductor Giedrė Šlekytė, the OBC orchestra and the choir El Cor Canta performed this work a second time on 14 May 2022.
"Suite of Myself" is inspired by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and its text comes from a selection of poems from Whitman's "Song of Myself".
'Je Suis Narcissiste' will be performed at Teatro de la Maestranza, Sevilla
The opera "Je suis narcissiste" will be performed within the season 22-23 of Teatro de la Maestranza.
Performances will take place on 20 and 21 May 2023.
Music by Raquel García-Tomás, Libretto by Helena Tornero
Stage director: Marta Pazos, Musical director: Vinicius Kattah, Set designer: Fernando Ribeiro, Lighting designer: Nuno Meira, Choreographer: Amaya Galeote, Costume designer: Pier Paolo Álvaro, Sound engineer: Sixto Cámara
Clotilde: Elena Copons, Giovanni: Toni Marsol, Women: María Hinojosa, Men: Joan Ribalta.
More info here.
El Gran Teatre del Liceu announces season 2022/23
García-Tomás's new opera "Alexina B." will be premiered at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, within its new season, on March 18, 2023.
The opera is inspired by the memoirs of Herculine Barbin, also known as Alexina B., an intersex person who lived in France in the XIXth century.
The creative team is formed by librettist Irène Gayraud and stage director Marta Pazos.
For more information, click here.
Noelia Rodiles performs two works by García-Tomás
Acclaimed pianist Noelia Rodiles will perform "My Old Gramophone #1" and "Tangible" by R. García-Tomás at the Barcelona Obertura festival.
The concert will be at the Fundació Miró (Barcelona) on March 20, 2022, at 12h.
Click here for more info.
"My Old Gramophone #4" at the Teatro de la Zarzuela
On the 20th of March 2022, the Sax-Ensemble quartet will perform "My Old Gramophone #4" at the Teatro de la Zarzuela.
More info here.
aequae performed by the London Sinfonietta
On November 22nd and December the 1st, the London Sinfonietta (conducted by Edmon Colomer) will perform aequae. The first concert will be at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Saint Paul's Hall, 21h) and the second, entitled "A Catalana Celebration", will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall of the Southbank Centre, London, 19:30h.
The world premiere of "Blind Contours no.2" has been postponed.
The world premiere of "Blind Contours no. 2" has been postponed due to the application of the COVID protocol by the JONDE. The world premiere of this work was going to take place in July and August while the orchestra's tour in Spain and Germany (27/7/21 to 3/8/21)
Sonic Canvas performed at the Auditorio de Galicia by the RFG
Sonic Canvas was performed by the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, conducted by Diego García Rodríguez. The concert took place at the Auditorio de Galicia within the "Xornadas de Música Contemporánea 2021).
Sis Solos Soles has been nominated for Best Live Performance
The collective work Sis Solos Soles (which contains Raquel's monodrama "Per Precaució") has been nominated for Best Live Performance by the Acadèmia Catalana de la Música (Alicia Awards).
My Old Gramophone #1 performed at the Transient Impusfestival
Pianist Neus Estarelles performed My Old Gramophone #1 (2019) and Tangible (2012) at the Transient Impulsfestival (Euskirchen, Köln)
The Barcelona Clarinet players at the ENSEMS festival
The Barcelona Clarinet Players performed Raquel's "slow-motion arrangement" of Like Someone in Love in the ENSEMS Festival (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia), along with works by Joan Magrané, Bernat Vivancos and Josep Maria Guix.
©Montse Capdevila Lorenzo (Picture taken at the FAT Barcelona)
"My Old Gramophone #4" in SIGMA Orionis
On the 4th of March 20H (CET+1), the SIGMA Project sax quartet will present "My Old Gramophone #4" within its "SIGMA Orionis" virtual concert series.
After their performance, me and composer Helga Arias will be talking about the relationship between composer and performer.
The Gran Teatre del Liceu and “Alexina B.” selected for The FEDORA OPERA PRIZE 2021 Shortlist
The #FEDORAPrizes2021 Shortlist has been announced and our new opera "Alexina B." has been selected!
Vote for us and help us reach the next phase of the competition:
About the project…
The artistic team is: Raquel García-Tomás (music and video), Irène Gayraud (libretto) and Marta Pazos (stage direction).
The SIGMA Project sax quartet premieres "My Old Gramophone #4"
The SIGMA Project sax quartet premieres "My Old Gramophone #4" within the CNDM 2020/21 concert series, among other works by J. Magrané, H. Arias, L. Lim and A. Posadas.
The concert will take place at the Museo Reina Sofía (A400), Madrid.
World Premiere of the orchestral work "Sonic Canvas"
The orchestral work "Sonic Canvas" will be premiered by the Spanish Youth Orchestra conducted by Lucas Macías.
The world premiere will take place at the Auditorio de Zaragoza on the 16th of January of 2021, with further performances at the Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid).
The opera "Je Suis Narcissiste" has been cancelled due to the COVID-19
The Teatro de la Maestranza cancels the performances of the opera "Je Suis Narcissiste" due to the COVID-19. Instead, it will be possible to watch it online following the link teatrodelamaestranza.es
The video will be available on the 10, 11 and 12 December 2020 at 20h.
The world premiere of "Sis Solos Soles" at the Gran Teatre del Liceu has been postponed
Due to the current circumstances of COVID-19, the premiere of "Sis Solos Soles – Per Precaució" has been postponed.
While we wait for a new date to perform it live, it will be possible to watch it online on the Gran Teatre del Liceu's YouTube Channel.
Dates will be from the 15th until the 22nd of November of 2020.
Raquel García-Tomás received the National Music Award 2020
Raquel García Tomás received the Premio Nacional de Música 2020 (National Music Award 2020 – Spain). The jury highlighted "the interdisciplinary and innovative nature of her personal musical language" and "the experimental quality of her work, which connected with the audience, as in the premiere of her opera Je suis narcissiste."
Por su parte, el jurado ha otorgado el premio a Raquel García Tomás “por el carácter interdisciplinar, innovador y arriesgado de un lenguaje compositivo singular y propio” y “por la calidad experimental de su trabajo, que ha sabido conectar con el público, como pone de manifiesto el estreno en la temporada 2018/2019 de su ópera Je suis narcissiste”. Asimismo, el jurado ha destacado “la amplitud y diversidad de su catálogo, que no se centra exclusivamente en el teatro musical, sino que incluye obras interpretadas por los solistas y grupos más relevantes de la actualidad”.
Raquel received a Leonardo Award (Fundación BBVA) to create a new opera
Raquel received one of the Leonardo Awards (Becas Leonardo – Fundación BBVA) to create her new opera "Alexina B.", together with librettist Irène Gayraud and stage director Marta Pazos.
Barcelona Quartet Biennale 2020 – L'Auditori de Barcelona
The Cosmos Quartet performed "[…]così mostraste a lei i vivi ardori miei[…]" by R. García-Tomás in the Barcelona Quartet Biennale 2020.
"From 17 to 20 September, L’Auditori de Barcelona will open the 20-21 season with the first International Quartet Biennale, a new project that we want everyone to enjoy! Over the four days, 20 works for string quartet will be performed by 7 quartets in 8 daytime and evening concerts. The performances will be led by the renowned and beloved Cuarteto Casals, supported by other new and established ensembles: the Marmen, Diotima, Cosmos, Artemis, Dalia and Modigliani quartets.This is a Cuarteto Casals initiative co-curated with L’Auditori de Barcelona and sponsored by the Department of Culture and Barcelona Provincial Council in collaboration with the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises (ICEC), the Ramon Llull Institute and the L’Atlàntida performing arts centre in Vic."
"Je Suis Narcissiste" in the 23rd ceremony of Premios Max 2020
Part of the "Je Suis Narcissiste" team attended to the 23rd ceremony of the Premios Max 2020, as nominated in the following categories: Best Lyrical Show, Best Music Composition and Best Custome Design.
Here in the picture: Dietrich Grosse, from Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, Raquel García-Tomás and Pier Paolo Álvaro (Costume Designer)
The CNDM presents its upcoming season including the world premiere of the new saxophone quartet by R. García-Tomás.
The CNDM (Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical) commissions a new saxophone quartet to R. García-Tomás to be premiered by the SIGMA PROJECT within the upcoming season. The world premiere will take place the 18 January 2021 at the Auditorio 400 from the Reina Sofia Contemporary Art Museum.
"Je Suis Narcissiste" will be performed in the upcoming season of Teatro de la Maestranza (Sevilla)
The opera buffa "Je Suis Narcissiste" (2019) will have further performances in December 2020 (days 10, 11 and 12) at the Teatro de la Maestranza (Sevilla) – season 20/21.
The Liceu announces the premiere of Sis Solos Soles' "Per Precaució", by R. García-Tomás and V. Szpunberg
SIS SOLOS SOLES is a New and Pocket Opera project which unites six monodramas for female voice and instrumentalist into a single performance. It was commissioned from six different librettist-composer teams. While exploring the bowels of a theatre, the audience discovers, through a sort of intimate confession, the tales underlying the different voices which are trapped in their respective home environments.
"A young woman steps into a bathtub and slowly sinks into the water for what may be her last bath; a mature female singer, avid for beauty, finds happiness only in the contents of a miserable refrigerator; an old woman fights against the inevitable by refusing to be taken into a home; a girl anxiously awaiting a phone call is afraid to leave the house lest she is left without network coverage; a young Danae, with a knife hidden in her clothes, returns to the basement where her father abused her; and a teenage YouTuber tells her followers that this is her last message before the end of the world."
WORLD PREMIERE: 1 November 2020, Gran Teatre del Liceu
L'Auditori de Barcelona announces the commission of a new work for choir and orchestra, by R. García-Tomás
L'Auditori de Barcelona and the OBC announce the commission of a new work for choir and orchestra, by R. García-Tomás. The work will be part of the concert "Revisiting Bach", conducted by Shiyeon Sung.
WORLD PREMIERE: 14 and 15 May 2021
L'Auditori de Barcelona, Sala1
Premios Max 2020 nominates Je Suis Narcissiste in three categories
Premios Max 2020 nominates Je Suis Narcissiste in three categories:
* Best Music Composition
* Best Lyrical Show
* Best Costume Design
We feel honoured to be shortlisted among such distinguished artists and companies.
Winners will be announced on September 7 2020 at the Teatro Cervantes, Málaga.
International Opera Awards nominates Je Suis Narcissiste for Best World Premiere
Our opera Je Suis Narcissiste has been nominated for Best World Premiere by the prestigious International Opera Awards. We feel honoured to be shortlisted among such distinguished artists and institutions. Winners will be announced at the 2020 International Opera Awards on Monday 4th May at Sadler's Wells.
LAST UPDATE: The ceremony will be postponed to September 2020 due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
World premiere of My Old Gramophone #2 by countertenor Víctor Jiménez and pianist Berta Brull at La Pedrera (Barcelona)
Countertenor Víctor Jiménez Díaz and pianist Berta Brull premiered my new work "My Old Gramophone #12", for voice, piano, gramophone and live video within the "Residències Musicals 2019/20" season held by Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera (Barcelona). This work belongs to the three-works-cycle "My Old Gramophone" which explores the most common glitches associated with this kind of devices.
©Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera
Ópera XXI awarded OBNC acknowledging their task in the commission and production of Je Suis Narcissiste.
"Se anuncian los galardonados de la segunda edición Premios Ópera XXI. […] El Premio Mejor Iniciativa de Fomento de la Lírica es para Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació (OBNC), que acaba de celebrar sus 25 años en la escena cultural. El jurado de los premios ha reconocido su labor en el estreno absoluto, en marzo de 2019, de la ópera Je suis narcissiste, con música de Raquel García-Tomás y libreto de Helena Tornero, en un montaje de Marta Pazos con dirección musical de Vinicius Kattah, en coproducción con el Teatro Real de Madrid, el Teatro Español y el Teatre Lliure."
Full article in Ópera XXI
Amics del Liceu awarded Je Suis Narcissiste with the Special Mention
"Los miembros de la crítica operística barcelonesa otorgaron los premios a los mejores de la temporada lírica 2018-2019 convocados por Amics del Liceu. El lunes 23 de diciembre la crítica operística convocada por Amics del Liceu otorgó sus premios anuales correspondientes a la temporada catalana 2018-2019. […] La mención especial del jurado recayó en las iniciativas de creación de jóvenes compositores representados por los estrenos de Je suis narcissiste de Raquel García-Tomás en el Teatre Lliure y Diàlegs de Tirant i Carmesina, de Joan Magrané, en el Festival Castell de Peralada."
Full article in Ópera Actual.
World premiere of My Old Gramophone #1 by pianist Albert Cano Smit at La Pedrera (Barcelona)
Pianist Albert Cano Smit premiered my new work "My Old Gramophone #1", for piano, gramophone and live video within the "Residències Musicals 2019/20" season held by Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera (Barcelona). This work belongs to the three-works-cycle "My Old Gramophone" which explores the most common glitches associated with this kind of devices.
©Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera
Lack of light screened in various International Festivals
The film "Lack of light" by Pere Ginard (made after my work for piano and electronics "Tangible") was screened in the film festivals Cámara Lúcida (18/11/19 Cuenca, Ecuador); Ultracinema (24/11/19 Oaxaca, Mexico) and Kinoskop (29/11/19 Belgrade, Serbia).
World premiere of Look Sweetie, I found my Old Projector! (…and a bunch of movies) by the Ensemble Sonido Extremo.
The Ensemble Sonido Extremo offered a concert within the XI Season of Contemporary Music of Badajoz in which they premiered Look, Sweetie, I found my Old Projector! (…and a bunch of movies) and performed the new version of Estudio Sonomecánico nº1 – Tiempo Suspendido (both pieces for ensemble, electronics and video).
The event was organized by the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz (Sociedad Filarmónica de Badajoz) and the CNDM–INEAM. It took place at the Torre Siglo XXI from Badajoz.
Je Suis Narcissiste at the Catalan Academy of Music Awards 2019
(Premis Alicia 2019 – Acadèmia Catalana de la Música)
Our comic opera Je Suis Narcissiste was awarded for the category of Interdiscipline by the Catalan Academy of Music (Alicia Awards). The project was also nominated for Authorship.
Here in this picture, from left to right: Librettist Helena Tornero, composer Raquel García-Tomás and Dietrich Grosse, artistic director of Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació.
Raquel García-Tomás is the new composer in residence of the Residències Musicals of Fundació La Pedrera (Barcelona).
©Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera
From the 15th of September 2019 until the 17th of May 2020 La Pedrera Foundation will offer its Residències Musicals. Raquel García-Tomás will compose three new works for the rest of the residents: pianist Albert Cano Smit, countertenor Víctor Jiménez and clarinettist Miquel Ramos, which will form a cycle entitled "My Old Gramophone".
Je Suis Narcissiste nominated to the Alicia Awards
Our most recent opera 'Je Suis Narcissiste' has been nominated to the Alicia Awards 2019 (by the Acadèmia Catalana de la Música) in both the categories of Authorship and Interdiscipline.
We feel honoured to have been nominated amongst such great musicians, and we're very looking to attend the Award's Ceremony on the 21st of September.
©Acadèmia Catalana de la Música
Graduation Ceremony at the Royal College of Music
Raquel graduated with Doctorate Degree at the Royal College of Music, London.
The graduation ceremony took place at the Britten Theater of the Royal College of Music.
Here in this picture: Dr. Colin Lawson and Raquel García-Tomás.
Installations liquid:speeches and stone:speeches in the ME_MMIX Festival (Palma de Mallorca)
The audiovisual installations liquid:speeches (2016) –created in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Marta Valero– and stone:speeches (2014) –with soprano María Hinojosa– were performed within the ME_MMIX Festival on the 17th and 18th of May 2019.
J.R. Olivé performs Chansons Trouvées at the Musikverein Wien.
Baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé performed Chansons Trouvées at the Musikverein (Vienna) on the 16 May 2019. He also performed the piece at Birmingham's Town Hall & Symphony Hall (14 May 2019) and at Casa Da Musica of Porto (19 May 2019)
Concert of the Cosmos Quartet at the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona)
The Cosmos Quartet offered a concert at the Liceu Conservatory to promote their new CD "Influences" (available on Spotify). That evening, they performed works by Haydn, Brahms and myself.
Follow the link to know more about it and to listen to their performance.
©Montse Capdevila / Seed
Concert of the Barcelona Clarinet Players at the FAT (Barcelona)
The Barcelona Clarinet Players offered a concert at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies to promote their new CD "Offertorium" (available on Spotify). That evening, they performed works by Carlos de Castellarnau, Joan Magrané, Josep Maria Guix, Bernat Vivancos and myself.
Follow the link to know more about it and to listen to their performance.
©Montse Capdevila / Seed
Je Suis Narcissiste at the Teatre Lliure of Barcelona
'Je suis narcissiste' was performed in the Teatre Lliure de Barcelona on the 12th, 13th and 14th of April 2019.
Performers: Elena Copons, María Hinojosa, Joan Ribalta, Toni Marsol and Orquestra Camera Musicae.
Conductor: Vinicius Kattah. Sound: Sixto Cámara. Lighting: Nuno Meira.
For the rest of the team, click here.
Chansons trouvées was performed at Palau de la Música by Josep-Ramon Olivé and Ian Tindale, within the ECHO Rising Stars 2019.
Baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé and pianist Ian Tindale performed 'Chansons trouvées' at Palau de la Música Catalana on April 4, 2019.
This has been one of the many concerts that they have offered within the tour ECHO Rising Stars 2019.
World Premiere of the audiovisual version of tangible (EMA Festival)
Pianist Lluïsa Espigolé premiered the audiovisual version of 'tangible', which combines the pre-existing musical work by Raquel García-Tomás (2012) with a new film by illustrator and filmmaker Pere Ginard.
The event took place at the Sala Berlanga (Madrid), on the 22nd of March, on the 4th edition of the EMA Festival.
World Premiere of Je Suis Narcissiste (Teatro Real – Teatro Español)
The World Premiere of the opera buffa Je suis narcissiste took place on March 6th, at the Teatro Español (further performances: 7, 9 and 10 March 2019).
Performers: Elena Copons, María Hinojosa, Joan Ribalta, Toni Marsol and Orquesta del Teatro Real. Conductor: Vinicius Kattah. Sound: Sixto Cámara. Lighting: Nuno Meira.
Rest of the team, clicking here.
Read the critics following this link.