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100 years of Parque Mayer

Closing concert of the Festas de Lisboa

Terreiro do Paço was the stage for the tribute to Parque Mayer, with the Metropolitan Orchestra, and the voices of Anabela, FF, Katia Guerreiro, Luís Trigacheiro, Lura, and Marco Rodrigues, recalled some of the many successes that passed through the theaters of Parque Mayer.

It was on July 1, 1922, that Parque Mayer opened its doors to the public, its first theater to open was Maria Vitória, named after the actress and fado singer, immortalized by her interpretation of ‘Fado 31’.

Luís Trigacheiro e Lura – Festas de Lisboa > Terreiro do Paço ©Luís M. Serrão – ineews > 2022.06.30

In the following years, the Variedades opened in Parque Mayer in 1926, the Capitólio in 1932, and the ABC in 1956, becoming one of the most popular theater genres in Lisbon, known for its people’s spectacle.

There are many timeless hits that have remained until today, ‘Cheira a Lisboa’, ‘Mocidade’ or ‘Zé Cacilheiro’, among many others, performed by great stars, such as Anita Guerreiro, António Calvário or José Viana, and that whenever we in Alfama or Mouraria, or in any popular village, we hear and dance again, with the same joy as the first time.

In the closing concert of the Festas de Lisboa 2022, we can hear some of these timeless themes, such as ‘Santo António’, ‘recorded by João Villaret, ‘Boa Nova’, one of the first recordings by Amália Rodrigues, in 1942.

Adapted for the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, by Filipe Raposo, Pedro Moreira and Lino Guerreiro, it was directed by conductor Cesário Costa and had the wonderful voices of Anabela, FF, Katia Guerreiro, Luís Trigacheiro, Lura and Marco Rodrigues, who recreate 22 classics, in this great tribute to Parque Mayer, by the city of Lisbon.

João Gentil – Festas de Lisboa > Terreiro do Paço ©Luís M. Serrão – ineews > 2022.06.30

Luís Trigacheiro had the task of opening the concert, with a song by António Calvário, Lura joined Luís to interpret Filomena Lima’sOld Lisbon‘ (1932). Lura also sang ‘O Fado Mora em Lisboa‘ by Mariema (1965) and ‘Carvoeiras‘ by Maria das Neves, (1935), in the company of João Gentil in Bandoneón sings ‘Tango Ribeirinho‘ by Simone de Oliveira, (1975) .

Marco Rodrigues brought us the ‘Sinfonia do Ribatejo‘ (1965), and the ‘Santo António‘ (1956) both by João Vilarett, now with Katia Guerreiro, sing ‘Fado 31‘ by Maria Vitória (1913), Katia sings then ‘A Tendinha‘ by José Galhardo (1939) also accompanied by master José Manuel Neto on Portuguese guitar.

Anabela – FF – Festas de Lisboa > Terreiro do Paço ©Luís M. Serrão – ineews > 2022.06.30

Katia Guerreiro continues with ‘Fado da Carta’, celebrated by Fernanda Batista (1948) and by Milu, ‘Lisboa à Noite’ (1956), despite the cold and wind that the public felt, and there were many smiles that saw themselves listening to these songs that are part of the history of Portuguese music.

It was then FF’s turn to take the stage, singing ‘Mocidade Mocidade‘ by António Calvário and ‘Ó Tempo volta para trás‘ by António Mourão (1965) and singing with AnabelaBoa Nova‘ by Amália Rodrigues, (1942).

Festas de Lisboa > Terreiro do Paço ©Luís M. Serrão – ineews > 2022.06.30

Anabela is the last of the stars, who enchanted Terreiro do Paço, to enter the stage, singing ‘Voz do Povo‘ by Maria Albertina, (1934) and ‘O cochicho‘ by Beatriz Costa (1931), with the audience in chorus and ends with ‘Ó Zé aperta o laço‘ by Maria Clara.

Also present, by recording, were Simone de Oliveira, António Calvário and Anita Guerreiro, who also left their tribute to Parque Mayer.

Festas de Lisboa > Terreiro do Paço ©Luís M. Serrão – ineews > 2022.06.30

With everyone on stage and the audience following the concert, it ended with ‘Cheira a Lisboa‘, another great production by EGEAC, ending the Festas de Lisboa.

 

  • Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
  • Conductor Cesario Costa
  • Voices – Anabela, FF, Katia Guerreiro, Luís Trigacheiro, Lura and Marco Rodrigues
  • Choir – Patrícia Silveira, Patrícia Antunes, Tó Cruz and Francisco Rebelo de Andrade
  • Portuguese guitar – José Manuel Neto
  • Bandoneón – João Gentil

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