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The lyrical feature of Salgado - Project


Salgado Lírico

Tour - 2020: Rome, Barcelona, Wien


European premiere recital of Luis Humberto Salgado´s lyrical work

Artistic direction and research, Javier Andrade Córdova

Soprano, Carolina Varela

Tenor, David Esteban

Pianist, Lucio del Vescovo

Production assistant: Lolo Villacís

Rome: Villa Torlonia Theatre. January 19. 17:00

Barcelona: Casa Amèrica Catalunya. January 21. 20:00

Wien: Instituto Cervantes. January 23. 19:00

Free entry


Awarded Project - State Institute for the Promotion of Arts,

Innovation and Creativities of Ecuador IFAIC 2019.

With the gentle collaboration of the legacy of Luis H. Salgado and his heirs,

Asociación 360 - Milan; City of Rome; Casa Amèrica Catalunya; Instituto

Cervantes, Wien.


Luis Humberto Salgado (1903 – 1977) is considered the most important Ecuadorian academic composer of the 20th century. Among his lyrical works for the scene stand out an operetta and four operas. “Ensueños de amor”, the operetta, was released under its own direction in the year 1932. Meanwhile, the operas: “Cumandá”, “Eunice”, “El Centurión” and “El Tribuno”, composed between 1949 and 1971, remained unpublished at the death of the composer. In July 2018, the world premiere of "Eunice" in the city of Cuenca was carried out with great artistic and public success. The premieres of the other operas are planned for the next years. Javier Andrade Córdova's initiatives and research have played a central role in this rediscovery process. This recital is made up of outstanding parts of the operetta and the four operas, which will be presented in several cities as European premiere with the participation of four renowned lyrical artists, among which are the most outstanding singers of Ecuadorian opera scene.

Luis Humberto Salgado

He was born on 1903, December 10, in Cayambe, Ecuador. He is considered a modernist and nationalist composer who configures an eclectic polytonal and polymodal style that is exhibited and developed in all his works, especially those of large format such as his nine symphonies and his four operas. Its catalogue is extensive and also includes: chamber music, concerts for orchestra and solo instruments, cantatas and various ballets. Many of his compositions remain unpublished and have not been recorded yet.
During his life he won the most important composition contests in Ecuador, as well as some Latin American awards.
He was professor and director of the National Conservatory until his death in 1977 in Quito, Ecuador.
The quality and volume of Luis H. Salgado’s creation put him at the same level of other great Latin American composers of the 20th century, who already enjoy universal recognition such as Alberto Ginastera, Héctor Villa Lobos or Carlos Chávez.


Recital Program:

"Ensueños de amor" (1932) Operetta in three acts

- Intermezzo. Pasillo. Lucio del Vescovo, piano.

- Irenes´s song. Carolina Varela. Sopran


Cumandá" (1954). Opera in three acts
- Fly my canoe. Scene of Carlos. David Esteban, tenor.
- Although on his last flight. Scene of Cumandá and Carlos. CarolinaVarela, David Esteban.
- My name is Cumandá. Scene of Cumandá. Carolina Varela, soprano


"Eunice" (1962). Opera in three acts and four tableaux

- Prelude. I Act. Lucio del Vescovo, piano.

- We entrust our souls. Aria of Ligia. Carolina Varela, soprano.

- Prelude. III Act. Lucio del Vescovo, piano.

- Finally, through God. Duo of Ligia and Marco Vinicio. Carolina Varela and David Esteban.

"The Centurion" (1960). Opera in three acts and four tableaux
- Sleep beautiful lady. Berceuse (lullaby) of Fulvia. Carolina Varela, soprano.
- Wise precautions. Aria of Fabricio. David Esteban, tenor.

"The Tribune" (1971). Opera in three acts and five tableaux
- Faithful Christian. Scene of Livio. David Esteban, tenor.


The research:


The present recital is based on historical research and scenic morphology:


El rasgo lírico-escénico de Salgado: cronologías y denominaciones

Javier Andrade Córdova

Artistic Director - Research


Mr. Andrade Córdova is a graduate of the world-renowned Stage Direction Class from the Munich University of Music and Theater/​August Everding Bavarian Theatre Academy in Germany, where he received his European Artistic Diploma of Opera and Stage Direction under the tutelage of Prof. August Everding and Prof. Cornel Franz. ​

Besides being a recipient of the Foerderpreis at the Ringaward/International Competition ​for Opera Stage Direction and Design in Graz, Austria, Mr. Andrade has served as Artistic Director and Founder of the Ecuadorian National Opera Company at Teatro Sucre (2004-2008), Performing Arts Director of Teatro Sucre (2004-2008) and Artistic Director of Teatro Bolivar (since 2010) in Quito. Since his first opera production, the World Premiere of "Narrow Rooms" by Alexander Strauch, at Prinzregententheater in Munich, Mr. Andrade has directed around fifty opera, operetta and music-theatre, drama and contemporary performance productions (Productions gallery).

Highlights of Mr. Andrade´s full stage productions include: E. Humperdinck´s "Hansel and Gretel" for the National Opera House of Ecuador, C. Orff´s  "Die Kluge" and W. Hiller´s "Liebestreu und Grausamkeit" for the Theatron, Open Air Stage of the Olympic Village of Munich; J. Haydn´s "Applaussus" for the Young Ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera; W. A. Mozart´s "The Magic Flute", G. Donizetti´s "Il Campanello", G. B. Pergolesi´s "La Serva Padrona" for the Sucre National Theater; G. Donizetti´s "L'elisir d'amore" for the House of Culture Theatre of Cuenca and L. H. Salgado´s "Daydreams of Love" for Teatro Bolívar in Quito; Gluck´s "The Reformed Drunkard" for the Yinyue Xueyuan Central Music Hall in Shenyang; Poulanc´s "Les Mamelles de Tirésias" for the Leon de Greiff Hall in Bogotá; P. Mascagni´s "Cavalleria Rusticana" for the Salzburg Vocal Festival; Pasolini´s "Calderon"; Dario Fo´s adaptation of Brecht´s "The three penny opera", Ferdinand Bruckner´s "Pains of Youth", etc.  As a researcher, Mr. Andrade has been responsible for the recovery of lyric compositions by the Ecuadorian composer Luis H. Salgado.

In addition, Mr. Andrade has created several experimental videos which have been screened at Videoart Festivals in Europe and South America, such as the Wroclaw Biennale of Media Art in Poland; the Munich Film festival and the ​​​Kasseler Doku, Film and Video Festival in Kassel, Germany; the Media Art Friesland Festival in Holland; or the Musica Viva Festival in Quito.

He has also created several performances presented at some important Cultural Centers and Museums, such as Casa de América Barcelona; the Glyptothek-Museum for Antique Sculpture and Echtzeit-​Halle Festival in Munich; the Museo de la Ciudad in Quito; the Museo de la Ciudad in Cuenca. 

Education, Training and Teaching Experience.​


Bachelor of Education, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Quito and Musical Education, National Conservatory of Music in Quito.

European Artistic Diploma (Bachelor and Master Degree) in Stage Direction, University of Theater and Music/Bavarian Academy of Theater, Munich. Germany.

European Master in Performing Arts, University of Seville. Spain.

Mr. Andrade's background also includes training with the Teatro Estudio de Quito (Víctor Hugo Gallegos).

As a result of five years of intensive teaching activities at David Esrig´s Athanor Academy in Burghausen, Germany, Mr. Andrade has developed a special teaching approach for young singers and actors with the purpose of bringing the values of Esrig´s Methods to the stage. Additional stage direction and acting instructor credits include: University of Sevilla-Teatro Maestranza (Master Class Opera Stage Direction), Conservatory of Music and Theater in Shenyang, China; National University of Colombia in Bogotá; University of Cuenca; and Salzburg Vocal Festival, Austria. 


Carolina Varela

Lyric coloratur sopran



Carolina Varela began her singing and musical studies at the Franz Liszt Conservatory.  In 2010 she obtained her degree in singing with honors, thereafter, she underwent further instruction under the guidance of Mirella Freni, Raina Kabaivanska, Bruna Baglioni, Montserrat Caballé, Jaume Aragal, Claudio Desderi, Sonia Prina, Lella Cuberli, Vitorio Terranova.

Carolina made her European debut as Elisetta in Matrimonio Segreto by D. Cimarosa in Ankara, Izmir, Istanbul and Prague with the World Youth Orchestra directed by Damiano Giuranna. She was later invited to participate in the Festival Transeuropéennes in Rouen, France performing a Rinaldo highlights concert. Carolina was the soprano soloist in the Stabat Mater by G.B. Pergolesi performed under the Fabio Ciofini's baton with Camerata Barocca W. Hermans orchestra, then she was Maria in Laudes Evangelii by Valentino Bucchi. In front of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, she performed La Despedida de Azucena by Joaquin Rodrigo.  She was the soprano soloist in the Mozart's Requiem in Budapest with Vaç Symphony Orchestra (Pal Farkas conductor).

 In 2010 Varela was the soprano soloist in the Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler at Casa de la Musica in Quito, conducted by Patricio Aizaga and in 2011 Gilda in Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi conducted by Alfredo Rugeles. She was the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart in a Barcelona Opera Studio's production. As the winner of the Voci Liriche Rosetum Competition received the roll of Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore by G. Donizetti performed at the Rosetum theater in Milan under the Michele Spotti baton and stage director Gianmaria Aliverta. She was Adina again in Tuscany with the Nuova Europa orchestra, Fabiano Fiorenzani (conductor) and Alessandro Calamai (stage direction), in Belgium (Gent) with the Jeugd en Muziek Orkest Oost--Vlaanderen orchestra Geert Soenen (conductor), in the Serpente Aureo theater in Le Marche with the Benedetto Marcello Orchestra M. Gatti (conductor) Ettore Nova (stage director). She was Rosina in The Barber of Seville by Rossini in Gent, Belgium, Geert Soenen (conductor). Carolina was Polly in Die Dreigroschenoper by Kurt Weill with Adriana Morelli (stage direction) and Massimo Gualtieri (conductor) and (second Madchen) in Aufstieg und fall der Stadt Mahagonny at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma with Graham Vick (stage director) and John Axelrod (conductor). She was invited by the Philharmonic Orchestra FAO Staff Coop to sing in the Mozart concert arias Concert in the Accademia Filarmonica Romana directed by P. Rossi Gastaldi. In August 2015 Carolina was Violetta in Traviata by G. Verdi in the Taormina's Teatro Antico with Enrico Stinchelli (stage director) and Silvia C. Rizzolo (conductor). Carolina was Ligia in Eunice's world premiere with Michael Meissner (conductor) Javier Andrade Cordova (stage director). Recently she was invited by the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese as a soloist for a New Year's Eve Concert Tour in the most important theaters of the Abruzzo region under the baton of Sesto Quatrini.

Carolina has won the Wanda Zingarelli and Sergio Secci awards, the International prize and the Maison des Artistes gold medal in La Sapienza University in Rome.



Lucio del Vescovo



Lucio Del Vescovo started his musical studies very young and successfully obtained his piano diploma under the guidance of Elena Matteucci, Alessandro Cusatelli (composition) and Marcello Bufalini (conducting) at the "A. Casella Conservatory" from L'Aquila where he later obtained a PhD in Orchestral Direction with the highest grade.


Lucio had the opportunity to receive further instruction with internationally renowned musicians such as Marco Zuccarini, Jeff Cohen, Brigitte Balleys, Luis Bacalov, Martin Sieghart, Wolfgang Bozic, Johannes Prinz, Jorge Perez Gomez, in institutions such as the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (scholarship and diploma of honor), Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France), Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst of Graz (Austria), The Teatro alla Scala Accademy in Milan; performing in chamber ensembles and orchestras in prestigious halls (Teatro alla Scala, Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Sala Verdi, etc.).


Del Vescovo develops his activity as a pianist specially with chamber music, performing concerts in Europe with great soloists in duo with Enzo Filippetti, Steven Mauk, Claude Delangle, Giuliano Sommerhalder, Stephen Burns, Daniele Morandini, Steven Mead, Gabriele Pieranunzi, Federico Mondelci and in chamber groups with Calogero Palermo, Eliseo Smordoni, Luca Signorini, Angelo Bonaccorso.


As repetiteur he has participated in important instrument masterclasses (Steven Mauk, Fabrizio Meloni, Rien de Reede, Claude Delangle, Cristiano Rossi, Asako Yoshikawa, Calogero Palermo, Vadim Brovsky, Andrea Lucchi, Umberto Clerici, Stehpen Burns, Luca Signorini, Giuliano Sommerhalder , Domenico Orlando, Eliseo Smordoni, Gabriele Pieranunzi) of singing (Giuseppe Sabatini, Luciana Serra, Monica Bacelli, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz) and collaborated with renowned conductors such as Carlo Rizzari, Fabio Biondi, and Riccardo Muti (with whom he had the honor to work as his substitute at the "Riccardo Muti per L'Aquila" concert in 2009).


He is the author of music for theatrical shows and short films.


As conductor he has a wide repertoire that ranges from symphonic works to world premieres of contemporary composers, he has conducted orchestras such as Kronstadt Philarmoniker, Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra, A. Casella Conservatory Orchestra, Continuous Ensemble, Musicomix Orchestra.


Del Vescovo is also a renowned Coach of Opera Singers, he began his experience in the world of Opera by working with Cesare Scarton (Renata Scotto's right hand at the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome) and currently he's working with the soprano Adriana Morelli's Young Artists at the Conservatorio "G. Briccialdi " in Terni.


David Esteban



David Esteban was born in Quito in November 1989. He achieved his Bachelor degree in Singing at the Conservatory San Pietro a Majella in Naples in 2014, subsequently he was member of the Centre de Perfeccionament Placido Domingo in Valencia. He continued his master studies at the Conservatory of Valencia and most recently at the Opernschule Stuttgar, Germany.

On stage, he has performed ‘Flavio’ from Norma and ‘Abdallo’ from Nabucco at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia within his year at the Centre de Perfecctionament, furthermore he debuted main roles like the ‘Duke of Mantua’ from Rigoletto at the Wilhelma Theater in Stuttgart, ‘Don José’ from Carmen at the International Festival Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and at the National Theater of Albania in Tirana and ‘Rodolfo’ from La Boheme at the Stadthalle Balingen.

Concerning the concert and oratorio repertoire, he has performed the Te Deum by Bruckner in the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini in Stuttgart, Bergamo and Pavia. Next year he will sing Verdi's Requiem at the prestigious Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

For the seasons 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 he joined the ensemble of the Teather Krefeld-Mönchengladbach, where a row of interesting further role debuts is on schedule, like ‘Tamino’ from The Magic Flute, ‘Laertes’ from Hamlet, ‘Chevalier’ from Les dialogues des Carmelites, ‘Yuródivïy’ from Boris Godunov as well as ‘Orpheus’ in Offenbach’s Orpheus in der Unterwelt.


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Lolo Villacís

Graphic Design and Production assitant


She graduated at the Institute of Design and Art — University of Morón, Córdoba, Argentina. She has participated in training workshops by Argentine designers such as Pablo Ramírez and Marcelo Senra. In 2010, she is part of the artistic collective as a creative and product designer of the Cordoba brand Cresta-Murelio.



As of 2009 he is a member of the Chair of Painting & Textile Printing and the Chair of Textile Production Techniques, at the Institute of Design and Art — University of Morón. In 2014, she began his work at the “José María Rodríguez” Conservatory of Music and Dance in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador; she has also taught training workshops at the School of Performing Arts of the State University of the same city.



Her constant curiosity about sounds, textures, lights, shapes and colors has led her to experience several stages of individual and collective creation. Theater projects such as: The Last Day (2011, Argentina), Children's Masks, The Woyzeck (2012, Argentina), Chronicles of Water (Ecuador 2016) and La Inmortal (Ecuador, 2017). Costume designer and decoration of the Opera Cosí Fan Tutte (2013, Ecuador), and costume designer of the operas: The Turn of the screw (2014, Colombia), Cendrillon (2016, Spain), La Traviata (2017), La Magic Flute (2017) and Eunice (2018). Individual design projects “DeGales”, “FOLDED CUTTING”, among others.



It is currently part of the creative production of Almasuela, a literary saga, and several scenic projects such as the play Chronicles of a Neanderthal and the opera The Centurion.






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Ecuador: +593 984972062

Argentina: +549 3513977203

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