La caída de Bilbao

A cantata for orchestra, cello, choir and soloists by Luis de Pablo

26 june 2019

A musical piece by Bilbao-born composer Luis de Pablo, commissioned in 2017 by the City of Bilbao on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the fall of Bilbao to the Francoist army in June 1937, in the context of the Spanish Civil War. 80 years after the tragic events, Luis de Pablo has turned the horrors of war into a song of hope, a big NO to war in the form of a cantata for orchestra, cello, choir and soloist.


Beginning with a cello solo – a wailing soldier who does not want to go to war – and with the choir singing of ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ from the Gospel according to St Matthew, De Pablo’s cantata is grave and deep. A moving manifesto against war and its disastrous consequences.


World premiere at the Arriaga Theatre


colaboradores la caída de Bilbao

The team

La caída de Bilbao, by Luis de Pablo

 Conductor: José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana

Orchestra: Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (BOS)

Cello: Asier Polo

Choir: Choral Society of Bilbao

Directed by: Enrique Azurza

Soprano: Miren Urbieta

Alto: Marifé Nogales

Tenor: Mikeldi Atxalandabaso

Baritone: Fernando Latorre

Production: Bilbao Musika





from €8,50 to €28 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: 25%
BOS subscribers: 25%
Coral de Bilbao: 25%
Teachers and student of Bilbao Musika: 25%
Groups, young people, over 65s, the unemployed, large families and people with disabilities in excess of 33%: 25%
Last minute discount (for the previous groups, except Friends of the Arriaga): 50%
Last minute discount for Young Friend of the Arriaga: 70%
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% (in the proscenium, balcony and a companion)


1 hour