Prodigios Returns To TVE-1 With José Mercé As Guest

The cantaor will perform a duet with Jesús Gabriel, winner of last year, to interpret the tango ‘Garganta con arena’.

Boris Izaguirre and Paula Prendes will raise this Saturday (TVE-1, 10.00 pm) the curtain of the third edition of ‘Prodigios’ , which will feature a musical moment at its premiere: José Mercé will perform with Jesús Gabriel, ‘Prodigy of 2020’, the tango ‘Garganta con arena’.

The choreographer and dancer Nacho Duato, the soprano Ainhoa ​​Arteta and the conductor Andrés Salado will evaluate the performances of nine young people who will compete in the categories of song, dance and instrumental.

In this third season, the jury will have the help of great professionals of Spanish classical music, who are not usually seen in ‘prime time’: the mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrero , the dancer and choreographer Antonio Najarro and the composer Lucas Vidal , the youngest soundtrack creator in Hollywood and winner of such important awards as the Emmy and the Goya.

Nacho Duato, Ainhoa ​​Arteta and Andrés Salado, members of the ‘Prodigios’ jury. One of the protagonists of the musical ‘Billy Elliot’, a cellist who has a collection of exoskeletons of all kinds of insects, a lyrical singer obsessed with measurements and the youngest of the edition, a great violinist of 8 years, will be some of candidates who will perform at the Miguel Delibes Cultural Center in Valladolid.

For the first time in ‘Prodigios’, a young woman will demonstrate her passion for the most Spanish percussion instrument: castanets.

20,000 euros prize
All the candidates will fight for the title ‘Prodigy of the Year’ and 20,000 euros in cash. The winners of each category will obtain an intensive four-day improvement course at the prestigious Center for High Musical Performance of the Alfonso X El Sabio University in Madrid.

The more than 60 musicians and professionals of the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y León, under the direction of maestro Salvador Vázquez, will accompany the participants in performances such as an aria belonging to Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ , the theme ‘Kashmir’ by Led Zeppelin and Colás’s variation of ‘La fille mal gardée’, considered one of the oldest ballets in the classical repertoire.

In addition, the orchestra will pay tribute to Camilo Sesto by performing well-known songs such as ‘Algo de mi’, ‘Perdóname’ and ‘Living like this is dying of love’.

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