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Singers Yolanda Auyanet and Antonino Siragusa star in the show at Sala Sinfónica on the 24th, 26th and 28th

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife welcomes the eagerly anticipated premiere of the opera Lucrezia Borgia. The details of the show were revealed by the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Councillor of Culture, Enrique Arriaga; soprano Yolanda Auyanet, who plays the leading role; renowned Italian tenor as Gennaro, Antonino Siragusa; stage director, Silvia Paoli, and musical director, Andriy Yurkevych. This opera, which had to be cancelled in March due to health crisis, can be enjoyed on 24, 26 and 28 November at the Sala Sinfónica of Auditorio de Tenerife at 7:00 pm, half an hour earlier than usual. 

Enrique Arriaga said he felt “proud of the effort made by Auditorio de Tenerife’s team to get the show off the ground, despite having to adapt it to the new safety measures”. “Auditorio de Tenerife is one of the few cultural venues that can still put on shows of this kind with full guarantees, because this is a safe show”, he stated, adding that tickets for Saturday are sold out, “but you still have the chance to come on the premiere or on Thursday”.

Yolanda Auyanet, an internationally successful Canarian soprano, admitted she was “delighted to be back here to do our Lucrezia”. “I’d like to thank Ópera de Tenerife and the Cabildo de Tenerife for their effort, because I know it’d have been very easy to cancel or postpone it but they decided to go ahead and that’s something culture in this country is going to be very grateful for”, the singer concluded.

Antonino Siragusa, one of the best tenors at present, confessed that “it’s a great satisfaction to be back on a stage after so many months”. “The organization of Ópera de Tenerife makes us feel calm because all the necessary measures are applied to make sure it is absolutely safe to work here”, added the singer, who is making his debut with this production in the role of Gennaro.

For Silvia Paoli “Ópera de Tenerife is my family, I feel at home and thank them for their love”. The stage director stated that “hope is fundamental to continue, and that’s what we’re offering with this Lucrezia Borgia”. “It’s difficult to understand the amount of people who work in shows”, Paoli added, to then point out that it is complicated to “redo the stage direction in four days, having to apply safety measures, including facemasks and distances”.

Maestro Yurkevych recalled that “landing at the airport was like getting back home, like a father returning home to see his children”. “When we left in March our heart remained here, our work was halfway through and now, when I saw my score again I felt as if it were a sacred book that can save our civilization”, shared the maestro, who also mentioned how complex it is to work as the choir wears facemasks and the Sinfónica de Tenerife has readjusted the number of musicians and their layout. “Through what we’re doing, we’re sending a message to the world, that’s watching us”, the musical director added.

This Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti, a co-production led by Ópera de Tenerife with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Ópera de Oviedo and Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, is back after applying all the safety and hygiene measures both in front and behind the stage, offering a show that is adapted to the current circumstances and is absolutely safe both for the audience and the artists. 

Silvia Paoli transfers the opera to Mussolini’s fascist Italy to reinforce the sense of oppression and claustrophobia the story suggests, specifically setting it in a slaughter house, which is recreated on the stage with a wealth of details by stage designer Andrea Belli, costumes by Valeria Donata Bettella and Alessandro Carletti’s lighting design. This is Paoli’s fourth title in Ópera de Tenerife, after La Cenerentola (2014), Le nozze di Figaro (2015) and I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2017), which are productions of the Opera (e)Studio programme. She recently directed Otello (Verdi) at the Teatro Sociale in Como and Enrico di Borgogna (Donizetti) in the Festival Donizetti in Bergamo. 

The Sinfónica de Tenerife will play under the baton of Yurkevych, musical director at the Teatr Wielki Opera Norodowa (Polish National Opera),one of the most sought-after conductors internationally. Maestro Yurkevych is making his debut with Ópera de Tenerife leading the Sinfónica and the Coro de Ópera de Tenerife after a long career as resident conductor at the Solomiya Krushelnitska Opera and Ballet Theatre, principal conductor at the Teatrul Naţional de Operă şi Balet in the Republic of Moldova and at the Teatr Wielki in Poland. He has also been musical director at Odessa’s Opera and Ballet Theatre. He is regularly invited to major theatres, festivals, and institutions worldwide. 

The leading role, Lucrezia Borgia, will be played by Canarian soprano Yolanda Auyanet, who is joined by internationally successful tenor Antonino Siragusa as Gennaro, bass Simone Alberghini playing Alfonso I d’Este, Duca di Ferrara, mezzosoprano Na’ama Goldman as Maffio Orsini, tenor Jorge Franco in the role of Jeppo Liverotto; bass Pablo Gálvez as Don Aposto Gazella, bass Daniele Terenzi as Ascanio Petrucci, tenor David Astorga playing Oloferno Vitellozzo, bass Borja Molina as Gubetta, tenor Mario Méndez as Rustighello and bass Eugenio Di Lieto as Astolfo.

The Coro de la Ópera de Tenerife is made up of the extras plus the voices of tenors and baritones and it will play a special role in this staging in which Auditorio’s Sala Sinfónica will shine again with the stage design, the orchestra, and the voices. 

Lucrezia Borgia is a melodrama in a prologue and two acts with music by Donizetti and libretto by Felice Romani. It is based on a drama, with the same title, by French writer Victor Hugo, loosely inspired by the historical figure of Lucrezia Borgia. It was premiered at the Teatro alla Scala de Milan on 26 December 1833. The composer looks deeply into the morbid legend of Pope Alessandro VI’s daughter who grew up in a family surrounded by rumours of incest, adultery, infidelity, betrayal, murder, and horror, creating a strong psychological portrait of a powerful but fragile woman.

Tickets can be booked via the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by telephone on 902  317 327 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can also make an appointment to come to the box office on //www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer all your queries Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.

Tickets can be bought up to two hours before the show starts, to give us time to finish preparing the auditorium so that you can enjoy a fully safe experience. Buying the tickets implies the user unconditionally accepts the contents of the measures implemented by the Auditorio de Tenerife to deal with COVID-19, with no exceptions or reservations, including wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with.  Please see all the measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan on Auditorio’s website.

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An open day will be held tomorrow at 6:00 pm and the work will be showcased on Saturday at 7:30 pm

 

Auditorio de Tenerife, under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, is hosting the residence of dancer and creator Élida Dorta as part of the 2020 Festival de Creación y Experimentación de Canarias NUMAcircuit. Last Monday the artist started developing M, the piece that will be shown to the public in Sala Castillo on Saturday the 21st at 7:30 pm. Also, tomorrow, Thursday, the 19th there will be an open day at 6:00 pm. Both events are free of charge but can only admit a very reduced a number of people. 

Élida Dorta, a classical and contemporary dancer, will present M, her artist residence that looks into the transforming capacity of art.  It is a personal and political work in which Dorta reflects on life, maternity, becoming aware, and on pain being inherent to constant change.  

is a blank piece of paper that holds concepts, experiences, and myths. The dancer has opted for using artistic tools to decode life and transcend pain in this residence.  Élida Dorta’s talent is joined by pianist and composer Rebeca Píriz, dj and electronic music composer Dave Watts Riot plus costume designers Nikka XxX and Dosi Andrade, in addition to the photography of ENCARNEVIVA. Dimás Cedrés is the lighting designer of M, which also features Javier Arozarena as assistant director.

Admission to both sessions is free although only a reduced number of people can be admitted. On entry your personal details will be requested in order to meet the guidelines of the health authorities. Once the show has started you will not be able to leave until it has finished. Entering the auditorium implies that the user unconditionally accepts the contents of the measures implemented by the Auditorio de Tenerife to deal with COVID-19, like wearing a facemask. You can see the measures on www.auditoriodetenerife.com

NUMAcircuit is a platform to create and spread new forms of artistic expression. Its main goal is to provide a space and audience for artists, technicians and collectives who communicate by means of contemporary, experimental languages, showing their work coherently and set in a context.  This annual festival, that builds its programme with shows and training activities of very different nature, seeks to communicate the artists’ reflections, encouraging the curiosity and active participation of the audience. 

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In the competition, they will choose the musician to represent the Canaries at the national final on 5 December in Alicante

 

Auditorio de Tenerife, under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, welcomes the regional phase of the 19th Intercentros Melómano in the Professional Degree category on Saturday, 21st November at 4:00 pm. The winner will represent the Canary Islands at the national competition, to be held on 5 December in Alicante.Six students of the professional conservatoires of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria specialising in different instruments: guitar, oboe, saxophone and clarinet, are taking part in the competition. They are free to choose what to play and their performance will be 15 minutes long at most. After playing, the jury will discuss the performances to then announce who will represent the Canaries in this contest. 


Seventeen regional musicians will compete at the final in Alicante for the prize: a tour across Spain including solo recitals and concerts with a symphony orchestra, like the one given by Orquesta Filarmonía Granada or the Festival de Música de Segovia-MUSEG.The Intercentros Melómano is an initiative of the Fundación Orfeo that was set up in 2002 with the aim of encouraging the active participation of conservatoire students in professional competitions. The idea is to give musicians a practical experience where they face an audience and a jury that will judge their interpretation, not just their technical skills. 


Admission is free and audience members are kindly asked to come early enough to enter the theatre gradually and give their personal details to meet the guidelines of the health authorities. Coming to the competition implies accepting the measures implemented at this Cabildo cultural centre to tackle COVID-19, such as wearing a facemask or coming only with people you live with. The full measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website. Both the GastroMag and the car park are open to the public. 

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The Ciclo de Cámara of the Cabildo’s cultural venue brings this 17th century violin music programme on Thursday, the 19th

 

Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural venue under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, brings the concert La bellezza. The Beauty of 17th century violin music with renowned violinist Lina Tur Bonet and the MUSIca ALcheMica ensemble. Part of the Auditorio Chamber Music series, the concert is taking place on Thursday, the 19th at 7:30 pm in the Sala de Cámara.

The programme includes a range of works from the Stylus Phantasticus and early Baroque, combining music from two of the most active centres at the time: Italy and Central Europe. It is a compilation of what could be called “the most beautiful music ever written", and it combines the famous folliaspassacaglias and ciacconas with some bizzarrie or works that, through its symbols and sounds, aim at amazing and enchant the audience. 

Imitations of other instruments, scordature of violins tuned in a different way, wildness in the shape of quasi Dyonisian music and heavenly passacaglie... utter exuberance of sound for the senses in a period that, above all, aimed at touching the soul and give maximum expression to human passions through the music of the spheres. 

The programme makes an interesting route across violin music composed in the 17th century including works by authors like Dario Castello (1590 - 1630), Biagio Marini (1594 - 1663), Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (1580-1651), Marco Uccellini (1603? - 1680), Gian Paolo Cima (1570 - 1622), J. P. von Westhoff (1656 - 1705), Biagio Marini (1594 - 1663) and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644 - 1704).

In addition to Lina Tur Bonet playing the violin and conducting the concert, other ensemble performers include: Pavel Amílcar, violin; Marco Ceccato, cello; Ismael Campanero, double bass; Jadran Duncumb theorbo; Marta Graziolino, Baroque harp; and Dani Espasa, harpsichord.

Lina Tur Bonet is founder and director of the MUSIca ALcheMIca ensemble, that made its debut at the Vila Musica Mainz and at Potsdam Festival with Handel’s opera Alessandro, directed by Alan Curtis.

The group enjoys international recognition thanks to their award-winning recordings and plays in Europe, America and Asia, and always includes first-rate world musicians. It was set up with the aim of interpreting music from all times and of embarking on cross-disciplinary and pedagogic projects. 

Tickets can be booked up to two hours before the show start via the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by telephone on 902  317 327 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can also make an appointment to come to the box office on //www.auditoriodetenerife.com/en/contact-us and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer all your queries Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.

Audience members are kindly asked to come to Auditorio early enough in order to enter the theatre gradually. By buying the tickets, users accept the measures implemented at this Cabildo cultural centre to tackle COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with. The full measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website. Both the GastroMag and the car park are open to the public. 

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The ensemble presented a new Música Abierta programme, an initiative that will visit public health centres and Tenerife II

 

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After performing in Barcelona and Málaga Auditorio de Tenerife’s company closes their autumn tour in A Coruña on Friday

 

Lava, the dance company of Auditorio de Tenerife, under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, will be in Valencia and A Coruña this week to end their autumn tour. The Canarian company will perform Beyond and Bending the Walls at 9:30 pm at the Teatro Principal de Valencia to open the Dansa València, the Instituto Valenciano de Cultura dance festival. They will be on the stage of the Teatro Rosalía de Castro in A Coruña on Friday, the 13th.  

After visiting Barcelona and Málaga, Valencia is Lava’s next destination where they will open the Dansa València 2020. The festival was originally scheduled for March but had to be postponed due to the health crisis. Lava will close their autumn tour in A Coruña on Friday, 13 November. They will perform their double programme in the Teatro Rosalía de Castro at 8:30 pm as part of the venue’s regular contemporary dance programme. Dancers performing in the Lava tour include Fabiana Mangialardi, Emiliana Battista Marino, Amanda Rubio, Javier de la Asunción, Javier Arozena, and Adrián Díaz.

Bending the Walls, by choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan, is an exploration of the world of restrictions and limitations in the search for happiness, freedom and understanding. The piece explores the physical and psychological limits of the individual and the world around them. It is a metaphor about the psychological, physical, and emotional forces human beings can approach in order to reach beyond palpable reality, overcome sorrow and escape into the world of the imagination.

Beyond, by Virginia García and Damián Muñoz of La intrusa, deals with the experience of searching through the emotional landscapes of memory, presenting a scenario of uncertainty that forces us to constantly create or reflect on our own life journey, on the landscape that every individual, consciously or fortuitously, gradually builds.

Lava Compañía de Danza is an Auditorio de Tenerife project that was set up in 2018 with Tenerife dancer and creator Daniel Abreu (Premio Nacional de Danza 2014) as artistic director. The company has a special interest in contemporary dance, and it focuses on building a repertoire of works by renowned international artists.

Six dancers with a strong presence on the stage, technically sound and versatile bring to life creations that share a contemporary dance language and other codes of today’s art discourse.

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