A Menina das Nuvens

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A Menina das Nuvens = The Girl of the Clouds

A Musical Adventure in three acts.   A fairy-tale opera based on a play by Lucia Benedetti.  Dedicated to Mindinha

"It represents the concentrated late Villa-Lobos, with a harmonically and melodically innocently simple texture extraordinarily well suited to a fairy tale opera meant for children." - Tarasti (1995), p. 400

This is high on the list of works that needs to be recorded.  It seems, from what I've read, that it might have the same appeal as Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitor.


Solos, chorus and orchestra


The manuscripts of the full score (556 pp.) and piano-vocal reductions (222 & 9 pp.) are in the Museu Villa-Lobos.


There are two performances recorded in Villa-Lobos: Sua Obra (1989):

  • 29/11/60 at the Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro
  • 31/01/89 at the Americas Society, New York (directed by Alfred Heller) 

Finally, a new production! 

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