"Fortunately There's Moonlight!" | Opera

"Fortunately There's Moonlight!" | Opera


Felizmente Há Luar!, by Luís de Sttau Monteiro, is a fundamental play of 20th century Portuguese theater, which portrays the resistance against the Estado Novo dictatorship and cultural censorship.
Inspired by Gomes Freire de Andrade's conspiracy against English domination in the first half of the 19th century, it makes an allegory of the Salazar dictatorship, presenting universal questions about freedom, power, courage and resistance. Written in 1961, the play is a timeless testimony to the Portuguese people's struggle for freedom and justice. The Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned an opera to mark the 50th anniversary of April 25, 1974. The choice fell on composer Alexandre Delgado, who proposed Felizmente Há Luar! This is not only an artistic celebration, but also a tribute to the revolution that restored democracy to Portugal. The work, already steeped in themes of resistance and the fight for freedom, takes on an even deeper resonance when invoked in this context. This is a first adaptation for the world of opera, thus doing justice to a major text in Portuguese theatrical literature.
Start Date:
08 May 2024
End Date:
10 May 2024
Teatro São Luiz, Lisboa
+351 213 257 640

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