Performance Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Estrella Morente

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Cantora Estrella Morente has dazzled audiences and critics alike with her compelling performances of flamenco and popular Spanish songs. Heiress to one of Spain’s greatest musical dynasties, she is a passionate new voice in flamenco who brings a fresh approach to the Andalusian tradition. Hailed as “a new force to be reckoned with” by London’s Daily Mail, “Estrella breathes fresh life into one of Spain's proudest musical customs.”


  • Estrella Morente

Event Duration

The program will last approximately two hours with no intermission.


  • Estrella Morente

    Estrella Morente was born in Granada. She is the eldest daughter of the legendary Enrique Morente and dancer Aurora Carbonell. She grew up surrounded by flamenco and has since become one of Spain's most sought-after performers.

    Prestigious venues and events-both in Spain and overseas-have hosted Morente, including Vienna's Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Royal Theatre Carré, and Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica, as well as the Oslo International Festival, Les suds à Arles, and Voix de Femmes in Brussels, among others. Recently, she recorded De Falla's El amor brujo with the Spanish National Orchestra under the direction of Josep Pons.

    Morente has won many awards, including a Premio Ondas. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Flamenco Album category. Her recordings have reached platinum status. Five years after Mujeres (EMI), her new album, Autorretrato (EMI), was released last October. The record includes collaborations with Michael Nyman, Pat Metheny, Ketama, and Vicente Amigo, among others.

    She is a fervent admirer of La Niña de los Peines, Camarón de la Isla, and of course her father. Lola Flores, Maria Callas, and Montserrat Caballé have also influenced her approach to singing.

    In spite of her youth, Morente has sown the seeds of her art and her musical gifts across the globe. She is blessed with a pure, crystalline vocal timbre and moves easily between warm, seductive tones and raw, expressive phrases.

    Morente possesses a profound knowledge of her art as well as innate musical taste. She has become a point of reference for aficionados and newcomers to flamenco singing, combining the early influences of her native Granada with the latest trends in the flamenco of the new millennium.

    Estrella Morente has adhered to simple and untainted song forms; her singing is neither pure nor orthodox, but contains an edge of personality that makes for a true revolution in the best tradition of cante flamenco.

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"Cancion de los Pastores"
Estrella Morente
EMI Music Spain

Fernando Trueba on Estrella Morente

The first time I saw Estrella Morente live was in 1998. I was speechless. No other artist had ever impressed me as much on stage. Never. Not even my idol Georges Brassens, nor my beloved Leonard Cohen or Bruce Springsteen.

Estrella was something new, something different. The first thing that impressed me was her attitude. She had an innate elegance, a new sophistication, an apparent security—not the result of arrogance, but of courage and nobility. But then Estrella started singing and I entered a kind of twilight zone. It seemed impossible, someone so young with so much wisdom at the same time. Or was it intuition? Or was it in the genes? Who cares? For me, that day, a star was born.

Estrella, like it or not, belongs to the great, crazy, strange family of divas: Callas, Bernhardt, Duncan, Garbo … and that is something that is neither learned nor studied. It cannot be bought or sold. It is something that is innate.

In Estrella, I found heritage, tradition, and also innovation—the future. She is an improviser who never repeats herself because true feelings can never be duplicated or manufactured. They are conjured up at a given moment. She is archaic and futuristic at the same time. Estrella is a performer who uses her voice like any of the jazz greats, as the noblest, the most primitive, and most quintessential of instruments.

But Estrella is also an actress, although her roles and characters are not defined or mechanical. They represent an open score, upon which to open the heart of cante, like a ritual sacrifice in which art is always renewed, always alive.

From her father, she learned that art is never one thing, but carries all others within it: poetry, dance, painting, bullfighting, film, and theater.

Today, fate has forced Estrella to become the matriarch of a family quite unlike any other in the Spanish arts. She began recording her new album with her father, mentor, and teacher—as well as producer—the great Enrique Morente. He was unable to finish it, but it is now complete.

Autorretrato (Self Portrait) is pure magic. It consists of seemingly disparate tracks, which passed through the filter of Estrella's voice become one in a kind of unique composition. It is like a confession, even a statement. It is the overwhelming intimacy of the music that makes it a self-portrait. The self-portrait of a great star: Estrella, as she is today.

—Fernando Trueba is a Spanish book editor, screenwriter, film director, and producer.

Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Flamenco Festival, Inc.
This performance is part of Around the Globe, and Around the Globe - Students.