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.
Deadline extended until April 30th at 11:59 a.m | Scholarship extended to 2,000 €
The Cabildo de Tenerife, through Auditorio de Tenerife, has published the call to participate in the comprehensive training academy for young singers Opera (e) Studio, which will stage during the month of October 2018, L'Italiana en Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), title chosen by its director, Giulio Zappa, to showcase the work developed by the participants of the next edition and which, as is usual, will inaugurate the lyrical season of Tenerife.
A team of professionals will work with the participants between September until the production of the opera that will end with four performances, from 25 to 28 October, at the Auditorio de Tenerife. L'Italiana in Algeri will also be performed by the same cast of artists at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in seven performances, between April 6 and 13, 2019.
The bases are available on the website of the Auditorio de Tenerife, and are open to singers born after January 1, 1986. The required documentation must be sent to the Opera(e)Studio Department before12:00 noon on April 25, 2018. The project includes three auditions that will take place at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Bologna) on May 6, 7 and 8; at the Escuela Superior de Canto (Madrid) on May 10 and 11; and at the Auditorio de Tenerife on May 13.
Singers may audition for more than one role, having to interpret the works, both the arias and the recitative parts, from memory. The works required for the six roles of this edition are: Isabella (mezzo-soprano or contralto); arias 'Cruel sorte!' and 'Per lui che adore' and the recitativo-aria 'Amici in ogni evento ... Pensa alla patria' . Lindoro (tenor): arias 'Languir per una bella' and 'Oh come il cor di giubilo' and the duet with Mustafa 'It inclinessi to ignite moglie'. Mustafa (bass or bass-baritone): the introduction 'Delle donne l'arroganza', the recitative 'Già d'insolito ardore', the aria 'Elvira, adesso con l'italian' and the quartet 'Andate alla malora'. Taddeo (baritone, bass-baritone or bass): the duet with Isabella 'Ai capricci della sorte' and the aria 'Ho a great peso'. Haly (bass, bass-baritone or baritone): the recitative and aria 'Le femmine d'Italia' and in the case of Elvira (soprano): two arias of free choice, one of them must be by Rossini and containing at least one recitative.
Empowering young talent
The Opera (e) Studio Academy, created by Ópera de Tenerife in 2013, was born with the intention of empowering young talent through a comprehensive artistic perfection. Over the past five editions, 610 people from 13 nationalities from different countries in Europe, America and Asia have participated in the auditions. Under the direction of maestro Giulio Zappa, this project promotes the professional development of emerging young artists who have recently finished their academic studies, creating a novel company.
The young participants will initiate their training process with an extensive connection to the world of bel canto, addressing all the disciplines that the lyrical genre covers, from the musical aspects to the scenic ones. In addition, the different human relationships within the different areas of the opera will be explored among singers, pianists, conductors, orchestra, directors, stagehands, seamstresses, make-up artists and set designers.
This Ópera de Tenerife project was created with the objective of disseminating the work that is done on our Island, not only from an artistic point of view, but also to bring the value of the stage sets and production built at Auditorio de Tenerife to light. Furthermore, the employability of the professionals from the Canaries is also promoted by their presence in a highly specialized sector with an important projection abroad.
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