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The European Commission has made a final assessment of the project led by Auditorio de Tenerife, the opera L'elisir d'amore. In 2019, this project received a grant through the European Commission’s framework programme Creative Europe. This edition of Opera (e)Studio was jointly developed with the partners Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tbilisi and the Comunale di Bologna. The project was rated as outstanding with a score of 90 out of 100 points.

The European Commission's report praises "the high quality of your interesting project" and notes that "activities carried out helped to reach a wider audience who would not normally attend opera performances". According to the European body, staging a production with a young artistic team has enabled them to connect with an audience that may have had so far "an approach to opera as an inaccessible or too old-fashioned performance".

Among the strengths of the project, the European Commission's assessment highlights its capacity for training young singers who start their professional careers. Likewise, the report remarks that young people from over 30 countries have participated in the call for entries; the project has also collaborated with universities that have offered their facilities for recitals and conferences, thus bringing part of the production closer to the educational sphere.

Ten singers chosen through international auditions starred in the Opera (e)Studio's production L'elisir d'amore, which premiered in October 2019 at the Auditorio de Tenerife. It was subsequently staged in Tbilisi in February 2020 and concluded in Bologna in September 2020. Functions in Italy were already affected by COVID-19. 

The European Commission recognised that despite this major setback, the three partners showed strong collaboration and worked together to overcome it. The Commission's final report highlights that "their adaptation and proactive reaction to resolve some of these difficulties related to the global crisis reflected the strong commitment they had to implement their activities in the best possible way."

More information about the project, videos and photos can be found here: http://www.operaestudio.eu/es/artistas/edicion-19-20

 

 

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Both performances on 24 and 25 April will transform the Symphonic Hall into a fantasy chessboard with dragons and castles.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by its Director of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. Tickets for the family opera Rinaldo, by G.F. Handel, go on sale. Pricing starts at five Euros. This show, suitable for all audiences, will transform the Symphonic Hall into a fantasy chessboard with medieval castles, dragons and sorceresses on 24 April at 6:00 pm and 25 April at 12:00 noon.

Produced by Opera de TenerifeRinaldo was premièred in 2016 and scheduled to be performed again in April 2020. However, it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. This season sees the revival of this opera conducted by Stefania Panighini and Giovanni Paganelli conducting the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. Leo Martínez designed the costumes in steampunk aesthetics, and Hugo Carugatti is in charge of the lighting. 

The voices that will embody these fantasy characters will be: mezzo-soprano Aurora Faggioli (Rinaldo, the knight), sopranos Beatriz de Sousa (Almirena, Goffredo's daughter) and Gloria Giurgola (Armida, sorceress), mezzo-soprano Silvia Zorita (Goffredo, Christian captain), baritone Pablo Gálvez (Argante, king of Jerusalem) and tenor Jorge Franco (Eustazio, Goffredo's brother).

The story is set in the Crusades. The evil sorceress Armida abducts Almirena, daughter of King Goffredo, to distract her betrothed Rinaldo, the most valiant paladin of the Christians. Fiery battles, spells and beautiful melodies such as the famous Lascia ch'io pianga make this show to be an experience for all audiences.

This is one of Handel's best known Baroque operas. The Italian libretto by Giacomo Rossi is inspired by the poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Torquato Tasso). It was premiered on 24 February 1711 at the Queen's Theatre in Haymarket, London.

The pricing starts at five Euros. Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

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On Saturday the brass bands ‘Cruz Santa’ and ‘Nivaria’ will play in the Symphony Hall, and on Sunday the brass bands from El Tanque, Tegueste and Buenavista will play in the Chamber Hall.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by its Director of Culture Enrique Arriaga. This weekend it will host two concerts programmed for the cycle Primavera Musical. Five brass bands which are members of the federation ‘Federación Tinerfeña’, will play. 

The first concert takes place in the Symphony Hall on Saturday [27 March] from 6:00 pm, during which the bands ‘Agrupación Musical Cruz Santa’ (Los Realejos) and ‘Sociedad Filarmónica Nivaria’ (Arafo) will play. On Sunday [28 March] from 11:30 am is the turn of the brass bands ‘Santísimo Cristo del Calvario’ (El Tanque); ‘San Marcos’ (Tegueste) and ‘Nuestra Señora de los Remedios’ (Buenavista).

José Manuel Álvarez will conduct ‘Agrupación Musical Cruz Santa’ (Los Realejos) and they will play Hispánico, a pasodoble by the Portuguese composer Nuno Osorio. They will continue with La Cruz Santa, leyenda de una tradición, by José Manuel Encinoso and Sergio González as narrator. This piece is inspired by the legend after which La Cruz Santa was named, with texts by Juan Cruz. 

The ‘Filarmónica Nivaria’ (Arafo) will feature in the Symphony Hall during this edition. Under the direction of Miguel Ángel Expósito, their musical programme includes two pieces: Dunkirk, by José Alberto Pina, and the suite James Bond, by John Barry.

Sunday's concert in the Chamber Hall, starting at 11:30 a.m., will begin with the performance of the ‘Agrupación Musical Santísimo Cristo del Calvario’ (El Tanque). Conducted by José Eduardo Morales, the brass band will feature three pieces: María Carot Porcar, a pasodoble by Hugo Chinesta; la Chimo, a composition by José María Ferrero used in the Entrance of Moors, and Santana a portrait, by Giancarlo Gazzani.

Ismael Brajín is the conductor of ‘Agrupación Musical San Marcos’ (Tegueste), who will perform in second place with a programme that includes the pasodoble Cortés de la frontera, by Manuel Navarro; An American Elegy, by Frank Ticheli, and The great locomotive chase, by Robert Smith.

The group ‘Nuestra Señora de los Remedios’ will close the brass band performances at the Auditorio de Tenerife. José Humberto Martín will conduct this band during the piece Magdalena 1990, by Francisco Signes Castelló; Libertango, by Astor Piazzolla, and arranged by Marco Somadossi; La Parranda, by Francisco Alonso, and Grande Finale, by Harry de Groot and arranged by Marcel Peeters.

The seventeenth edition of Primavera Musical, organised by the federation ‘Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música’ with the collaboration of Tenerife Island Council, will continue on the 4 and 25 April, on the 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 May, on the 12 June (Symphonic Hall) and will conclude on the 13 June. On that last day, a morning concert will be featured in the Chamber Hall and an afternoon concert will be given in the Symphony Hall. Performances in the Chamber Hall will take place at 11:30 a.m. and those in the Symphony Hall will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves".

By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

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The island's schools can send in their applications until 23 April

 

The Culture and Education departments of Tenerife Island Council have published the catalogue Teatro en la Escuela (Theatre at School) for this season. The initiative, whose management has been entrusted to Auditorio de Tenerife, brings together productions by the 16 selected companies that schools can apply for on the website www.tenerifeartesescenicas.com from now until 23 April. To ensure its realisation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this project changed its format to a non-face-to-face format.

Alejandro Krawietz, the island's Director of Culture, highlights the effort made by the area to bring this programme to fruition. "For Tenerife Island Council, it was important to maintain this activity despite the difficulties; it really generates interest in the educational field, it allows us to contribute to amplify humanist activities in schools and helps us to generate new audiences for the performing arts in Tenerife".

Isabel Bello, the island's Director of Education and Youth, also values this project. "Teatro en la Escuela" is an offer that island's educational centres, from Pre-Primary Education to Baccalaureate, can find to carry out activities in their own facilities; it covers all educational cycles". Bello points out that the pre-recorded plays and dances will be shown in educational centres. A didactic guide and virtual meetings with the performers will complement this offer.

The catalogue and application instructions can be found under the section "Teatro en la Escuela" at www.tenerifeartesescenicas.com. A commission of experts, who assessed the artistic and didactic proposal, made a selection from among the 23 companies presented. In accordance with the regulations for this year's insular project, only one show per company was chosen. Each company will perform a minimum of ten shows.

Thus, for Pre-Primary Education, the shows Pedro y el lobo by Ballets de Tenerife, Monstruoso by Contando Ando & Co and Mi isla de agua by I+D Danza have been chosen. 

The offer for Primary Education is: Esto no es una prueba de sonido by Carlota Mantecón, 80 días bailando alrededor del mundo by Jaster & Luis Creaciones, A leer el Quijote by Bolina Teatro de Títeres, Clównbate! by Clownbaret, La príncipe y el princesa by Tragaluz Teatro de Títeres, La historia del gato que no sabía leer by El Wije Producciones and Los secretos de mi paraguas by Antonio Conejo.

The proposals for Secondary Education are Amarga Dulce by Cía. Paula Quintana, Bailando a los clásicos II by Entredanza and Eurípides no te Sófocles que te Esquilo by Timaginas Teatro. 

Finally, for Baccalaureate and Vocational Training, La voz humana, a subtitled pocket opera by Vector de Ideas, Menos mojadas by Mon Peraza and Entre burlas y veras by Teatro Tamaska have been selected.

The aim of this project is to introduce students to performing languages in their own educational context, to bring the performing arts closer and to disseminate them among the island's pupils. This initiative also seeks to link academic and professional contexts of the performing arts in Tenerife; at the same time, it promotes values centred on dance and the arts of movement related to art, health, the body and movement. All of them are inherent to dance as an artistic discipline with a cross-curricular approach.

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This week, Víctor Pablo Pérez will conduct both performances at the Auditorio de Tenerife

 

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the counsellor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. This week the Auditorium welcomes a double appointment during the season of the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. On Thursday the 25th and on Friday the 26th of March, the Orchestra will join the choir Coral Reyes Bartlet to perform Messa di Gloria by Pietro Mascagni, during which the soloist tenor Igor Peral and the baritone Mark Stone will also feature at this concert. The programme will start with Dona nobis pacem, a tribute to the victims of coronavirus by the Galician composer Juan Durán. Both concerts start at 7:30 pm; tickets for Friday’s concert are already sold out.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by phone by dialling 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact and by dialling 922 568 625 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dona nobis pacem, Elexía ás víctimas do Covid-19, by Juan Durán (1960) is a composition written in April 2020; it expresses the sense of loss and uncertainty through a compact framework of violas, cellos and harp. This instrumental dialogue condenses a reflection on the global pandemic, ranging from remembrance to hope. 

Messa di Gloria is a score written in 1888 by Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945). The author writes this work with simple resources that he initially devised for a choir of students who would be supported by a group of professionals during its première. This work emulates a prayer, an inner dialogue of faith accompanied by quiet melodies. 

Víctor Pablo Pérez, the honorary conductor of Sinfónica de Tenerife, studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. He was artistic director and chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Asturias between 1980 and 1988 and of the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife between 1986 and 2005. In 1993 he started to conduct the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, a task he carried out until 2013. That year he joined the Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid as artistic director and conductor. Since January 2017 he has been the artistic director of the Youth Orchestra of the Canary Islands. 

The choir Coral Reyes Bartlet was founded in 1970 and since 1984 it has been directed by José Híjar Polo. During this concert, during which health protocols against the pandemic are taken, the choir will expand its vocal power with singers of proven choral and soloist experience. The last performance of the choir ensemble with the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife was in January 2013. 

José Híjar Polo graduated in 1983 at the "Royal Schools of Music in London". He began his musical studies in Puerto de la Cruz and continued in Alicante and Madrid with José Tomás and Miguel Ángel Jiménez.  He founded the David Goldsmith Youth Choir in 2005 and the Reyes Bartlet Vocal Group in 2013. Since 1995 he has been a choir teacher at the Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza of la Orotava. Centro de Iniciativas Turísticas of Puerto de la Cruz awarded him the Silver Medal in 2004 for his 20 years directing the choir.

The Navarra born tenor Igor Peral began his musical career in the Orfeón Donostiarra and developed his musical training in Pamplona, San Sebastián, Bordeaux and Madrid. The soloist has performed in Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Orchestra Luxembourg Philharmonia, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Mozart's Requiem at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Eslava's Misa de Difuntos at the Sala Mozart (Auditorio de Zaragoza), Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, or Eslava's Miserere with the Symphony Orchestra of Zaragoza, among others.

London baritone Mark Stone studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1998, he received the Decca Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. His recent opera engagements include performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Longborough Festival. He has also performed "West Side Story" with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano, the “Matthew Passion” with the Orchestre National de Lyon, and Thomas Ades' Totentanz with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, among others.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves” and enjoy this cultural experience. By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat the pandemic, such as the correct use of masks and attendance at the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be checked on the Auditorium’s website. Both the GastroMag cafeteria and the car park are available.

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The musicians Lina Tur Bonet, Sara Cabrera, Cristo Barrios, Ángel Luis Quintana and Javier Negrín will feature at the concert on Wednesday

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the counsellor Enrique Arriaga. Next Wednesday, the 24th of March at 7:30 p.m., the Auditorium welcomes the concert Miradas (Glances) by Quantum Ensemble. Five musicians will perform this program during which pieces of female-composers of two centuries will be played. 

The musicians Lina Tur Bonet (violin), Sara Cabrera (flute), Cristo Barrios (clarinet), Ángel Luis Quintana (cello) and Javier Negrín (piano) will play during this concert compositions of Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), Laura Vega (n. 1978) and Lili Boulanger (1893-1918).

The Quantum Ensemble thus brings together in this programme five women composers who, during the time-frame of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, show the creative richness of women who lived during that period. The concert offers D'un soir triste and D'un matin de printemps, two of Lili Boulanger's most popular chamber works, along with two other interesting pieces by Germaine Tailleferre: Trio for violin, cello and piano and Arabesque, a miniature for clarinet and piano.

The Quantum Ensemble will also play an arrangement of the popular flute concerto by Cécile Chaminade and the Variations on an original theme by Ethel Smyth, an interesting piano piece by the composer and leader of the suffragettes, a British women-only movement. Laura Vega's premièred Ni neu, a trio for violin, clarinet and piano that the Canary Islands-born composer wrote for the group, will also be performed.

The concert will last 75 minutes during which Martín Llade, radio presenter of Sinfonía de la mañana on Radio Clásica (RNE), will talk about the repertoire to contextualise the women-composers and their time.

Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". 

By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

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