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Felizmente Há Luar!

Music and Libretto by Alexandre Delgado, from Luís de Sttau Monteiro's original “Felizmente Há Luar!”
Past event
Dates and Schedules

8 to 10 May
Wednesday to Friday, 9:30pm


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra


€12 to €15 with discounts (Covered by the Culture Pass - available only at the Theater ticket office)

Age Restriction



Spoken and sung in Portuguese, with subtitles in Portuguese.


Felizmente Há Luar!, by Luís de Sttau Monteiro, is a fundamental play of 20th century Portuguese theatre, 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 is 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 the 25th of April 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 play, 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 operatic world, thus honouring a major text in Portuguese theatre literature.



Part of the Festas de Abril 2024 programme    

Cast and Creative

Music and Libretto Alexandre Delgado, from Luís de Sttau Monteiro’s original Felizmente Há Luar Artistic and Musical Direction Osvaldo Ferreira Staging Allex Aguilera Staging Assistance and Scene Direction Henrique Gomes Art Direction Nuno Esteves “Blue” Art Direction Assistant Inês Peres Construction of Sets and Props FP Solutions Lighting Design Manuel Abrantes Light Operation Diana dos Santos Characterization Mizé Silvestre, Nicole Mendença, Tatiana Cruz and Teresa Dias de Almeida Assistant Conductor André Lousada Choir Preparation Filipa Palhares Singer Preparation and Correpetition Pedro Lopes Correpetition Dana Radu and Pedro Vieira de Almeida; Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra; ProART Choir Cast Matilde de Melo – Sílvia Sequeira (S), Mulher do Povo – Raquel Mendes (S), D. Miguel Forjaz – Tiago Amado Gomes (BT), Principal Sousa – Carlos Guilherme (T), Beresford / Old Soldier – André Henriques (BBT), António de Sousa Falcão – Christian Lujan (BBT), Vicente – Pedro Cruz (T); Polícia – Manuel Matos; Criado – Tomás Rodrigues Production Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra and ProART Acknowledgments Fábrica do Braço de Prata; Junta de Freguesia de Alvalade; Fernando Rosado Pianos


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