Auditorio de Tenerife, part of the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, keeps working with the specialization academy Opera(e)Studio, which has made changes in its usual calendar. The current situation and its consequences in terms of safety and international mobility have led to the relocation of the auditions and the staging of the eighth opera, which is co-produced with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
The auditions were meant to take place between 11 and 19 May 2020 in the Spanish municipalities of Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in the Italian cities of Parma and Palermo. We are currently trying to find the best date at the end of the present year to carry out these tests safely and with all the health and quality guarantees for participating singers.
Therefore, the calendar of this Ópera de Tenerife programme has changed. The production of Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa, that was scheduled for October 2020, will now take place in the first quarter of 2021, provided that this exceptional situation allows it. Later, the production and the same cast will travel to the two co-producing theatres.
Although the registration deadline was on 19 April, Ópera de Tenerife announced registration is to be kept open. In fact, with the aim of offering the best options to interested artists, the registration period is extended until further notice. The audition dates will be published as soon as possible on the programme’s website www.operaestudio.eu.
This programme for young artists aims to provide highly specialised training in the international opera field while also acting as a showcase and springboard for many of the singers. In past years candidates from more than 24 countries have taken part in the auditions. Ópera (e)Studio also shows the technical production work done at Auditorio de Tenerife, which in 2019 and 2020 was recognised by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme which reflects its development, sustainability, job creation and training.
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Ópera de Tenerife has opened the call to take part in the eighth Opera (e)Studio, the high specialization academy for young artists, a scheme shared with two theatres in Italy: the Teatro Regio di Parma and the Teatro Massimo di Palermo. This time Ópera de Tenerife has chosen the title Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa. At the auditions, to take place at the two Italian theatres, at the Auditorio de Tenerife and at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid, the young artists will have the chance to show the talent, quality and excellence of their work.
Ópera de Tenerife’s team of professionals will start working with the selected singers in September through to the production of the opera which is to be put on four times from 22 to 25 October 2020 at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica. The same cast will also perform Il matrimonio segreto at theTeatro Regio di Parma and at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo in 2021.
Opera (e)Studio will be holding the auditions in four cities - on 11 and 12 May at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid; on 14 and 15 May at the Teatro Regio di Parma; on 17 May at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and finally, at the Auditorio de Tenerife on 19 May.
The candidates entering the selection process will have to perform, according to the role they are applying for, the compulsory arias of Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa; and two arias of other comic operas (or intermezzi) in Italian by Pergolesi, Galuppi, Piccinni, Paisiello, Cimarosa, Haydn, Salieri, Mozart or Rossini, one of which must include a recitative. All the arias, including the excerpts of the role in Il matrimonio segreto, are to be sung by heart.
Candidates can enter for more than one role. The titles requested for the five roles are the following: Geronimo (bass, baritone or bass-baritone) the aria Udite, tutti, udite, the recitative Questa invero è curiosa and the duet Se fiato in Corpo avete; Elisetta (soprano or mezzo soprano) the aria Se son vendicara; Carolina (mezzo soprano or contralto) the aria E vero che in casa; Conte Robinson (bass, baritone or bass-baritone) the introduzione entitled Cara, non dubitar, the recitative Or sappi, sposa mia and the aria Pria che spunti in ciel l’aurora.
For further information, please see the Regulations on Opera (e)Studio website www.operaestudio.eu . The call is open for opera singers who were born on or after 1 January 1988 and the deadline is on 19 April 2020 before 6:00 pm.
The aim of Ópera de Tenerife’s scheme for young artists is to provide holistic, highly specialized training in international opera singing. In these eight years singers from more than 24 different countries have taken part. Ópera (e)Studio has been the showcase and springboard for artists who are nowadays part of the opera world.
This programme by Ópera de Tenerife has also highlighted the work done at Auditorio de Tenerife’s production workshops, having been recognised by the European Commission’s Creative Europe scheme, which shows the development, sustainability, job creation and training in 2019 and 2020.
Ópera de Tenerife will be holding auditions for extras to take part in their next production this season, Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), under the Ópera en Familia programme. The title will be performed on 27 and 28 April 2019 at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife.
Auditions will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, 8 April at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife, which is reached through the reception in the car park.
The Cabildo de Tenerife through Ópera de Tenerife, has opened the call to take part in the seventh Opera (e)Studio, the academy that offers comprehensive training to young singers. This year it works under the auspices of the European Commission within the Creative Europe programme, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre. The academy for future opera singers will open the next Tenerife opera season with L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, which was chosen by the academy’s director Giulio Zappa, to show the work done by the singers.
The professional team at Ópera de Tenerife will be working with the singers selected from September through to the production of the opera, to be performed four times from 24 to 27 October 2019 at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. The same cast will also perform L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre in 2020.
Opera (e)Studio will be carrying out auditions in four cities on 4, 5 and 6 February at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, in Bologna, Italy; on 8 & 9 February, at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, in Georgia; on 11, 13 & 14 February, at Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and at Auditorio de Tenerife on 16 February.
Candidates will have to sing all the arias from memory, including extracts of their role in L’elixir d’amore. Singers can enter for more than one role. The titles requested for the five roles are: Nemorino (tenor) the arias Quanto è bella, quanto è cara and Una furtiva lágrima, the duets Caro elisir, sei mio (up to the Terzetto excluido) and La donna è un animale stravagante davvero; Adina (soprano) the arias Benedette queste carte and Prendi per me sei libero (with full cabaletta) and the duet Come sen va contento; Belcore (baritone) the aria Come Paride vezzoso and the duet La donna è un animale stravagante davvero; Dulcamara (baritone or bass-baritone or bass) the aria Udite, udite, o rustici and the duet Voglio dire... lo stupendo elisir che desta amore; and Giannetta (soprano) the aria with choir Saria possibile? Possibilissimo.
For further information please see the regulations on Auditorio de Tenerife website here. Any opera singer who was born on or after 1 January 1987 can apply for the auditions. The deadline to receive applications is 20 January 2019 before 12:00 noon.
This Ópera de Tenerife project was set up to give visibility to the work done on the Island, not just artistically but also stage designing and building as well as local production. Job creation for Canarian professionals is also encouraged by being part of a highly-specialised sector of international scope.
Ópera de Tenerife has extended the closing date to enter the 5th Ópera de Tenerife International Singing Competition to be held at Auditorio de Tenerife from 1 to 4 July, closing with the award-winners concert on 5 July. The new deadline for entries is Friday, 29 June at 12 noon. Singers who were born on or after 1 January 1978 can take part in the competition whose aim is to help them achieve a higher level and a more successful career. Click here to learn about the rules.
This year we are introducing a new prize: the “María Orán Award” for best zarzuela aria performance, a tribute Ópera de Tenerife pays to the memory of the Tenerife soprano. The winner will be given the opportunity to play a role in one of the zarzuela season titles, in accordance with the specific needs of each title and vocal and stage suitability.
The winners will be awarded prizes of 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 Euros respectively; there will also be an honorary Audience Extraordinary Award. The audience can thus vote for any of the singers taking part in the final, regardless of their having received any other award.
Participants must prepare five arias of their choice to perform and if they also enter the Maria Orán Award competition, they have to prepare two arias from the zarzuela repertoire. Arias will be sung from memory and the selected programme cannot be changed once the Competition Organizing Committee accepts it. The call is open to the following types of voice: soprano, mezzosoprano, contralto, counter-tenor, tenor, baritone or bass.
The rules of the competition establish a qualifying phase on 1 and 2 July. The semi-final takes place on 3 July and on 4 July, the finalists will sing an opera aria chosen by the jury in addition to a zarzuela aria, if they are also competing for the María Orán Award. The winners will offer a concert on Thursday, 5 July where they will be accompanied by maestro Dario Tondelli.
All the members of the jury have a solid artistic and technical reputation. This year we can count on the collaboration of nine international professionals thanks to Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) [Spanish Cultural Action] and their aid through the Programme for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the Visitors category. The jury will be chaired by As.li.co, vice-president Giovanna Lomazzi. The casting manager and musical director assistant of Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Alessandro Di Gloria; the artistic director of the Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza, Cristina Ferrari; the general manager of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fulvio Macciardi; the stage manager and artistic production manager of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Pablo Maritano; the artistic programming manager of Teatro Regio di Parma, Cristiano Sandri; the artistic manager of the Young Artists Opera Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre, Dmitry Vdovin; the member of the Society for the promotion of Chinese Traditional Culture, Qing Xu; and Italian pianist, Darío Tondelli.
The following will also be members of the jury: Martin Boschet, executive manager of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Javier Menéndez, general and artistic director of Ópera de Oviedo; Hein Mulders, intendant of Theater und Philharmonie Essen; and the artistic director of Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Christina Scheppelmann.
Tenerife Danza is a new project set up by Cabildo de Tenerife (Island Government) further confirming its commitment to this sector, as shown in the past years.
The new scheme has three main lines of work: teaching, community, and creating a resident company at the Auditorio de Tenerife.
One of the first projects of the company is a children production. A call is now open for people aged between 20 and 40, dancers with a theatrical profile and wide performing skills, and actors with good body and dancing technique. Being skilled in different performing arts techniques or dance specialities will be taken into account.
Auditions will take place on Saturday, 27 January, and Sunday 28 January, in Sala Castillo at the Auditorio de Tenerife, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. Those who are chosen must be available to join the company immediately as work sessions will start in February.