A Laugh to Cry Opera by Miguel Azguime

Wed 10th April 2024
8.30pm - 9.30pm
Brian Friel Theatre

Dive into the depths of humanity with 'A Laugh to Cry.'


Dive into the depths of humanity with ‘A Laugh to Cry.’
A Laugh to Cry is  a scream for freedom against tyranny, against  the omnipresence of arrogance and injustice, against oppression, against the destruction of the Art.
The opera explores some of the essential concerns of human beings in the context of a globalized world, in a speculation on the hegemonic power of destruction of memory, of humankind facing the devastation and of the Earth.The opera develops on the border between dream and reality, between the visible and the invisible, between laughter and tears.

A Laugh to Cry with music and multilingual libretto by Miguel Azguime (Portuguese, French, English, and several other languages ​​in the final part) is a metaphysical theatre that puts eternal archetypes to music, staged by Paula Azguime.
The interpretation involves five characters, represented by two sopranos, a bass and two narrators (woman and man); 7 acoustic instruments: flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion and electronic media in real time.
The staging is based on multiple video projections built in symbiosis between music and text.



Miguel Azguime libretto, music

Paula Azguime staging

Pedro Neves conductor

Camila Mandillo soprano

Andrea Conangla soprano

André Henriques bass baritone

Miguel Azguime speaker

Jade Mandillo speaker


Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble

Sílvia Cancela flute

Nuno Pinto clarinet

Vítor Vieira violin

Jorge Alves viola

Luís André Ferreira cello

Francisco Cabrita piano

João Dias percussion

Paula Azguime sound projection

Andre Bartetzki live electronics, technological direction

Perseu Mandillo VFX & 3D, photography

Miso Studio technics



A project by Miso Ensemble / Miso Music Portugal / Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble
A Laugh To Cry has the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Portugal
A Laugh to Cry is a commission by the
Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.







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