Musica Aperta

The Interior Castle


The Interior Castle

Long before sainthood, Teresa of Avila sought inner peace amidst chaos, asking the ageless question of how does one live an interior life in an exterior world? Her questioning is just as profound today, at the 500th anniversary of her birth.

In this production, we follow the professional and spiritual journey of a female reporter in the 21st Century, as she seeks to uncover the mysteries of Santa Teresa and her relevance in the modern world. She explores the perspectives of Tomas Luis de Victoria and Gian Lorenzo Bernini among others, who were captivated by Teresa’s passion and vision. The reporter’s quest ultimately leads to reflections on the seven stages of prayer outlined in The Interior Castle, and are mirrored by seven musical movements in our production.

It takes many art forms to capture her immense impact, and Musica Aperta’s prismatic theatrical experience uses poetry, art, history, music and drama to celebrate Santa Teresa’s lifelong quest for union with God and how we all might follow her spiritual footsteps.

2015 Tour



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Musica Aperta would like to express its deepest gratitude to the following:

Secretaría de Estado de Cultura de España for their time, patience, support and friendship on this long project.

Rosa Navarro Durán and Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD for their wealth of knowledge of “La Santa” and her times.

Sister Bernadette Therese, OCD and all the Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery of Boston. Thank you for your vision and your tremendous hard work. Without you none of this would have been possible.

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