The Music Commission of the Círculo del Liceo hosted the conference prior to the opera "La bohème" by Giacomo Puccini, with Carlos Calderón, Dr. in Humanities, musician and historian.
Against a background dominated by the effects of industrialization and bourgeois values and an intellectual climate of materialism and scientific positivism, art became more realistic. Puccini's La Bohème, which evokes the fragility of happiness in an unhappy world, is one such “squarcio di vita” (slice of life). It has sentimental overtones, however, which temper the harshness of social reality.
Àlex Ollé makes a bold re-reading of the opera, choosing a working-class area as the backcloth to this hankering for bygone years, for that fleeting moment when Mimì and Rodolfo were happy. Puccini's sublime music expresses the very essence of the plot: memories viewed as the fragile threads that keep us attached to life.
Carlos Calderón is an active lecturer at various Catalan cultural institutions. Since his arrival in Barcelona in 2003, he has been incorporated into the cultural and musical life of the city, distinguished by his investigative rigor, his entertaining lectures and the preparation of highly suggestive audiovisual presentations. He graduated in Architecture in Venezuela and simultaneously completed his full studies in Music. He completed higher studies in Logic and Philosophy of Science and has a master's degree in History of Sciences from the University of Barcelona. In 2013 he obtained a PhD in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University, directing his research towards the study of Music, Art and Science within the framework of a History of Culture.