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¡Maja! The Forgotten Woman: A Lovers' Tale
(originally known as La maja olvidada: The Forgotten Maja)
An Original One-Woman Musical Drama
Music by Enrique Granados – Poetry by Fernando Periquet
written and performed by Anna Bartos, Soprano

¡Maja! The Forgotten Woman: A Lovers' Tale made its debut at New York University in 1994, and has been presented at various theatres, colleges, universities. i.e., Presbyterian College, SC and Morehead State University, KY and cultural venues throughout the U.S. The songs of Enrique Granados, along with monologues, tells a fictionalized story about the life, loves and work of the famous Spanish painter, Francisco Goya. It begins in Madrid, shortly after his death in 1828. Remembering her affair with Goya, some 50 years before, Pepa, an unknown maja, weaves an intriguing, charming, humorous and moving tale about her bittersweet relationship with Goya, and his significance in the world of art.

Goya's fascination with the colorful 18th century lower middle class majeza of Madrid prompted him to produce a huge body of work which illuminated their picaresque life, customs and character. One hundred years later the famous pianist/composer, Enrique Granados, frequently called The Chopin of Spain, became equally fascinated with Goya's persona and work, and, in homage to him, wrote his Coleccion de Tonadillas, the opera Goyescas, and other works.

¡Maja! The Forgotten Woman received a grant from the Spanish Consulate in New York City, and the fiscal sponsorship of the New York Foundation for the Arts. It is performed in an authentic costume, with piano and flute, etc., fully staged or in concert version. (Optional: Other instruments, Spanish Dancer and projections of Goya's paintings.) It is perfect for theatres, colleges, universities, museum series, libraries and cultural organizations. (Approx. 75 minutes)

For further information and booking, please contact Anna Bartos.