Susana Zabaleta, in concert with De la Mora

MEXICO CITY (apro).- The actress and soprano Susana Zabaleta and the tenor Fernando de la Mora will offer the concert “Tribute to the great Mexican composers” to benefit the Fundación Comparte Vida –which promotes the donation of bone marrow for treatments of blood diseases such as leukemia– in the Nezahualcóyotl Room.

They will be accompanied by the Eduardo Mata University Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Gustavo Rivero Weber. The date is the 19th of this month, at 6:30 p.m. The host also points out in an interview that in Mexico there is a long way to understand the issue of donation:

“It is not understood until it happens to you. I always save a space per month for a gift, call it a concert or conferences, anyway. They may have to do with the situation of women or cancer, people are dying with this disease, and something has to be done. It is terrible what a hospital costs per day and it is necessary to be able to help people. I believe that everyone who gives, receives at some point.

Zabaleta (Monclova, Coahuila, 1964) and De la Mora (Mexico City, 1958) work on a program with Mexican authors who have to do with romanticism, love and heartbreak “because before they talked a lot about it, now with the social networks it seems that everyone is happy, but we continue to suffer for the same love that was suffered before, and it will be a privilege to sing in that space of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The protagonist of the films “Supernatural”, “Sex, modesty and tears”, “Elisa before the end of the world” and “Vivir mata” recalls that De la Mora sings for the benefit of the Fundación Comparte Vida every year:

“So he always already has a repertoire, but now he decided to go elsewhere, not so much for opera, but for Mexican composers. There is a large number of melodies, and of women composers, sometimes we do not think of María Grever, although a little more in Consuelito Velásquez. Maestro Armando Manzanero left me two orchestral arrangements of two unpublished songs and we are making the arrangements for orchestra. It will be a recital with a bit of various songwriters, Marco Antonio Solís and José Alfredo Jiménez, anyway. He will be very cool ”.

He highlights that this 2023 will be his year of work with orchestras:

“I think I already deserve it. And I really want to work like this. It’s what I like the most. In February I will sing with Andrea Bocelli at Campo Marte in Mexico City and Fundidora Park in Monterrey. There is no better way to start this year! I’m so excited!…”.

–How is it coupled to an orchestra or a piano or electric instruments?, anyway.

–I think that if you sing with an orchestra, then you can interpret anything. For me it has been very important to work with all the genres that have existed and will exist because it is a challenge for a singer to be able to interpret with the orchestra, the opera, commercial lyrics and at the same time perform with the maestro Francisco Céspedes and Raúl di Blasio. We started a tour again on January 1 with them. You realize that art is to share and live together. That’s what it’s about, not competing, and when you understand that, it’s easy to sing whatever. It’s not about sticking your elbow in to see who can take the grade the longest or who’s more famous.

— Was it difficult for you to return to live concerts after the pandemic stopped everything?

–I do feel that people are much more sensitive in every way, because there was someone, close or not, who died, or someone who also suffered from this covid-19 disease, and I think that makes us more susceptible in all aspects. senses. But you have to keep going, trusting in life and what you believe in. It’s amazing the positive things you can do onstage, and that’s what our career is all about, provoking wonderful things.

—Music transforms and drives people positively, right?

–Completely!… You transform the things that happen to you, well not at first. They always ask: “How did you do it?”, and I explain: “No, wait!…”, I started crying, fighting, cursing, I said horrible things about the things that happened, but I’m fine now, one You have to turn your life, turn the page, to continue in this, because if you get depressed, if you stay at home and don’t transform what happened to you into knowledge, then you have to ask for help, and I know that ask for help, well it happens to me, it takes a lot of work, but it is one of the first things you have to do, put pride aside and ask for help.

–There is talk that there is now a mental health pandemic, and that there are music therapies for it, what do you say about it?

–Since the human being is in the mother’s womb, she sings every day. When you see someone you love very much, you sing while speaking, like: “Hello!, my love”… For a human being, music is paramount, he cannot live without it. You go out into the garden and listen to the birds. Nature contains his own music. Yes, music is therapy, that’s why I always say you have to go to all the concerts, except the ones that treat you badly. What happened to Bad Bunny made me very sad. It costs people the ticket, the transfer and invests time. The purpose of the recital “Homage to the great Mexican composers” is that people leave very happy and very grateful.

–How have you adapted to De la Mora’s work and style?

–It is very difficult. Sometimes they are two wonderful singers and when you listen to each other, you don’t like them, and you don’t understand what’s going on. It has to do with harmony, musicality and respect, anyway. Fernando and I actually studied together, I have known him for many years, and we have sung together with orchestra, trio and mariachi. And now they did me the favor of inviting me to perform with him, and I am very happy to contribute to this cause.

–What else do you hope to learn from music?

–Music has given me everything I need. I hope to be able to make people react, to understand that music is basic in life to be able to survive so much criticism, so much anguish, all the pressure of social networks. It’s good to get detached a bit and suddenly let yourself be carried away by the love that music gives. That is what I hope: to be able to help people say that song that Zavaleta sang, made me understand this and that, made me believe in love again, to redraw in my head, in my soul, that love that maybe still hasn’t arrived, but maybe it will. Recover the human condition!

“We come here to enjoy. You have to enjoy life, but we don’t. There is tremendous polarization. It shows in the networks, where it is not worth complaining, or being constipated. There you must express that you are happy, happy and you are wonderful. How lazy!… That makes me very sad. If there were no dark, there would be no bright. You have to understand, accept and embrace the dark.”

In the end, he stresses that he is dismayed “that there are many people who are having a very bad time and use it”:

“You have to help, and not say that you help.”

Susana Zabaleta, in concert with De la Mora