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The training will take place between the 11th and the 14th of March.


Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council, that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. The auditorium offers a dramaturgy workshop held by José Padilla a Canary Islands's author and winner of a Max Award for Performing Arts. The title of the training course is 'What have you done with the scissors?' and it will be held between the 11th and the 14th of March. The registration is now open. 

This 20 hours workshop is recommended for professional and amateur playwrights; it will be held from 10 am to 4 pm (with one-hour lunch break each day). The registration will close on the 26th of February and it can be done by filling a registration form at the website of Auditorio de Tenerife here. Having written, published, self-published or staged a play, having attended workshops and courses in playwriting will be considered an asset. The workshop price is €30 for professionals and €15 for students.

During the workshop many topics will be approached, starting with the first stumbling block that writers have to face: the topic. José Padilla explains that "it is almost unavoidable having to face a heavy burden which is rather linked to the image that we want to show the world of ourselves as creators, than what we really want to tell. Thus, it is much more practical to search through imagination than to impose a topic. During this workshop the author's imagination, which ultimately generates situations and dramatic texts, will be explored. This will be the starting point to find a genuine story to tell. 

José Padilla (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1976) has a degree in Textual Interpretation by the Spanish Royal School of Dramatic Arts. He continued his training with professionals like Declan Donnellan, Simon Stephens, Wadji Mouawad, José Ramón Fernández, Alfredo Sanzol and Vicente Fuentes. Among other recognitions, he won the prize Max Award for Performing Arts for his work Dados, the 'Almagro Off' award for Perra Vida, the prize 'Ojo Crítico de Teatro' awarded by Radio Nacional de España or the prize 'Premio Réplica a Mejor Autoría Canaria' for his work Porno Casero. Among other shows, he conducts Haz clic aquí for Centro Dramático Nacional, La isla púpura and Las crónicas of Peter Sanchidrián, both for Kamikaze Producciones; he currently writes and directs a trilogy for the company Ventrículo Veloz: Papel, Por la boca and Dados. As a classic’s versioner, he has focused his career on Shakespeare and Cervantes. His works have been played in prestigious theatres like The Moscow Art Theatre, the Globe Theatre of London or La Comedie Française of Paris. He has taught workshops for Centro Dramático Nacional, Instituto Cervantes, Sala Beckett (Barcelona) or Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico.

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Cimarosa's amusing opera will be performed from 18 to 21 March 2021.


Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. Tomorrow 17th of February, tickets go on sale to enjoy  Il matrimonio segreto, the new proposal of Opera Tenerife. From 18 to 21 March 2021, the eighth edition's singers of Opera (e)Studio will take the stage at the Symphonic Hall to perform this opera buffa by Domenico Cimarosa.

‘Il matrimonio segreto’ is a co-production driven by Auditorio de Tenerife together with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. The musical direction of this artistic proposal will be provided by Davide Levi, in charge of the OST (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) while Roberto Catalano will be on charge of the stage management. The rest of the team is completed by the set designer Emanuele Sinisi, the costume designer Ilaria Ariemme and the lighting designer Fiammetta Baldiserri.

This opera is a dramma giocoso in two acts with music by Domenico Cimarosa, on a libretto by Giovanni Bertati and based on the play “The Clandestine Marriage by George Colman the Elder and David Garrick. The Italian premiere of the opera was given at the Hofburgtheater of Vienna on the 7th February 1792 before the Leopold II. The emperor liked the performance so much that, after inviting the whole company to dinner, he asked for a complete encore of the opera. 

It is one of Cimarosa's most interesting and best-known pieces, a clear example of opera buffa from the 18thcentury. The plot is full of impossible situations, disguises and happy endings, where a wealthy merchant, eager to move up the social ladder, seeks to marry off his two daughters to noblemen. However, the businessman is unaware that one of his daughters has secretly married one of his employees. This impending conflict is spiced up with particularly original music, which stylistically falls somewhere between Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. The stage manager and his team set the whole plot in New York in the 1950s.

The cast comprises twelve singers that participate in the current Opera (e)Studio's edition, an education academy directed by Giulio Zappa that is aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. The young artists have been selected from 195 candidates of 36 nationalities. They have already spent three weeks on the island where they receive intensive training in singing and acting. The singers, who are aged between 22 and 31, will form two casts each comprised of six roles of ‘Il matrimonio segreto’.

Both basses Ignas Melnikas, Lithuanian, and Francesco Leone, Italian, will play Geronimo. Both Italian sopranos Eleonara Nota and Marilena Ruta will play the role of Elisetta. Both sopranos, Giulia Mazzola, Italian, and Veronika Seghers, German, will play the role of Carolina. Fidalma will be played by both mezzo-sopranos Mara Gaudenzi, Italian, and Claire Gascoin, French. Both baritones, the Spaniard Jan Antem and the Chilean Ramiro Maturana have been chosen for the role of the Count Robinson, while both tenors Bekir Serbest, Turkish, and Antonio Mandrillo, Italian, will play the role of Paolino.

This programme for young artists is aimed at offering highly specialised training on international lyrical scene, and acts as a showcase and springboard for many of them. Opera (e)Studio also provides visibility for the technical production work of Auditorio de Tenerife. The Auditorium obtained both in 2019 and 2020 the recognition of the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which reflects development, sustainability, job creation and training.

Tickets can be purchased on the website and by phone dialling 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., except holidays. They can also be obtained by prior appointment at the box office and at the same opening hours. Appointments can be requested on  or by dialling 922 568 625. Those telephone lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. Ticket sales close two hours before the show starts to finish setting up the hall and to offer a completely safe experience.

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 are living 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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Next week he will play this organ, unique in the world, playing works by César Franck and Charles Marie Widor.


Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. Next week the Basque musician Esteban Landart will offer at the Auditorium the organ concert Mirada a un programa histórico (A Look at a Historical Programme). The programme includes works by César Franck and Charles Marie Widor. This Sunday [21] from 12:00 noon onwards, the organist will play the colossal and unique instrument housed in Auditorio de Tenerife.

The repertoire is carried out in collaboration with the Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts San Miguel Arcángel. The title of this repertoire alludes to a real event that inspired this concert: on 1 October 1878, one of the great organs by the famous builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll was inaugurated at the Concert Hall of the Trocadéro Palace in Paris, built for the World's Fair of that year. For that solemn occasion, works were commissioned to Caesar Franck, the organist of the Sainte Clotilde Church, and Charles Marie Widor, organist at the Temple of Saint Sulpice.

Musicologist Rosario Álvarez explains that "both musicians performed their own compositions that evening: the so-called 'Three Pieces' ('Fantasy', 'Cantabile', and 'Heroic Piece') of the former and the 'Symphony for Organ No. 6' of the latter, who was a composer and organist noted for having transferred the orchestral genre of the Symphony to the organ”. “The organ of our Auditorium, with its four keyboards and rich registration, among which is the human voice required by Franck for his 'Fantasy', lends itself like no other to the interpretation of this suggestive romantic repertoire."

This second organ concert offered by the Auditorium will be played by Esteban Landart, who is also organ teacher at the Conservatory Maurice Ravel of Bayonne (France) and at the School of Music Musikene, Basque country. He has published several studies and articles in many French and Spanish publications on subjects related to pedagogy, organ building, organ performance and musical analysis.

Landart combines teaching with his active career as organist in Europe and the United States, where he performs at major music festivals. He currently works as coordinator of the Technical Commission for the Conservation and Restoration of Organs and Harmoniums of the Diocese of San Sebastian (Spain).

The Auditorium's organ was built by prestigious organ builder Albert Blancafort and his team. It is a 21stcentury instrument that is unique not only because of its design, but also its sound and registration. The sounds come from 3,835 pipes that are housed in the walls of the emblematic Symphony Hall, which are controlled by the organist from on-stage through the console and the four keyboards that he can play. In addition, external keyboards can be added such as the positive organ designed by Blancafort.

Tickets can be purchased on the website until two hours before the concert starts. You can also purchase your tickets by phone dialling 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. They can also be obtained by going to the box office or by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on  or by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m. to answer questions.

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 COVID-19, such as the correct use of  masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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Enrique Arriaga highlights "this is our proposal in a year in which we will not enjoy the festivities as we have traditionally done".



On Friday and Saturday this week after 7:30 pm, Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife will offer a concert devoted to Carnival. Tickets are already sold out. Details of this new concert were given today [Wednesday 10th] by Enrique Arriaga, councillor for Culture of Tenerife Island Council; by Víctor Pablo Pérez, honorary conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, and Agustín Ramos, composer from Tenerife who arranged two pieces that the orchestra will play. One of the pieces Esto es Carnaval (This is Carnival) is a world première. The programme will be completed by “Carnival of The Animals”, by Camille Saint-Saëns; the script of this piece with be narrated by Antonia San Juan, actress, and played by the pianists Miguel Ángel Dionis and Javier Lanis.

As Enrique Arriaga highlighted “we are living an atypical year during which we will not be able to enjoy our fiesta; this is the first time that the streets will not be filled with colour and joy". He also stressed that "that's the reason why the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife wanted to offer these concerts". Arriaga pointed out that "I can't stop thinking about all those businesses and restaurants that won't be able to take part in the Carnival this year, but it is essential that we maintain caution."

Víctor Pablo Pérez, honorary conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, observed that "Carnival of The Animals" is a piece with several motivations. The actress Antonia San Juan will be on charge of the narration. The maestro anticipated that "it's going to be a lot of fun, interesting, atypical and probably biting, but that's how Carnival is. It is our way of feeling Carnival is alive. Hopefully next year it will take place with the same circumstances that we all know."

Agustín Ramos noted that "when I received the commission for this Carnival-themed work (Esto es Carnaval), I preferred to make a medley of well-known themes by people of Tenerife instead of a completely new creation. Once the audience listens to it, it will remind them of many moments experienced in our Carnival. It will be a carnival show for everyone."

The works Tenerife en Carnaval and Esto es Carnaval - a suite version - have been arranged for orchestra by Agustín Ramos. They review the best known tunes along Carnival's history whilst they group together different popular compositions that aim to synthesise the spirit of Carnival. Particularly noteworthy is the climax reached with rhythmic compositions of Latin orchestras, in which soloist and choir usually interact. On this occasion this will be emulated by different soloists of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. Among the most popular themes are: Caballo viejoOjalá que llueva café or Sigan bailando, as well as samba and batucada rhythms.

Tenerife Island Council and Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife have decided to acknowledge the career of Agustín Ramos (Candelaria, 1941) composer of the hymn par excellence of Carnival “Santa Cruz en Carnaval”. In this way, the orchestra joins the island's most international festival during this edition marked by current pandemic circumstances. 

During 15 years (1971-1986), Agustín Ramos was linked to Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife as principal trumpet player.  He was previously principal trumpet player in the Municipal Band of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1959-1984). After beginning his studies on the island with Antonio González Ferrera (solfège), Eneldo Díaz and Ernesto Correa (trumpet) and Santiago Sabina (harmony), he continued his studies in Madrid with José Ortí; his orchestra's conducting teachers were Armando Blanquer and Crescensio Díaz de Felipe. His teaching work stands out for his position as professor of trumpet at the Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Víctor Pablo Pérez studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich (Germany). He was artistic director and chief conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Asturias between 1980 and 1988 and of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife between 1986 and 2005. In 1993 he started as conduct the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, a task he carried out until 2013. That same 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. 

Antonia San Juan, actress and filmmaker from the Canary Islands, won the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands. The actress is known for her regular appearances in TV series, theatre tours and film productions. She became known to the general public thanks to Pedro Almodóvar and his film All About My Mother, one of the director's best-known films. At a very young age, San Juan moved to Madrid to begin her theatrical career. She has stood out from very early on as a monologuist in bars and theatre cafés in Madrid. She has also followed her career as professional scriptwriter and producer. 

Miguel Angel Dionis García was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. After finishing his intermediate studies with Concepción Hernández Peraza, he continued his musical training with Miquel Farré in the Conservatory of Music of Barcelona. He currently teaches at the Conservatory of Music of Barcelona and at the School of Music of Catalonia. 

Tenerife native, Dionis García, has won several awards in competitions: XI National Piano Competition "Joan Massiá"; XXIV Interpreters' Competition of Catalonia; Competition of "Círculo XII de Enero”; Music Soloist of the Regional Government of Catalonia; XXV Competition for Musicians of Catalonia and the award Sofía Puche. Since 2001 he has been musical director of Mozart's The (little) Magic Flute, a production of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona).

The Chilian pianist Javier Lanis studied with Elisa Alsina, Robert Roux and Anatol Ugorski at Chile University, Rice University (United States) and Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany). He currently teaches music at the Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 

Thanks to his exquisite sensitivity and overflowing musical energy, he won the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition (1991). He has also performed with Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Symphony Orchestra of Concepción (Chile), Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany) and Dogma Chamber Orchestra (Germany).

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Four musicians will tackle a programme comprised of pieces by Díaz-Jerez, Stravinsky and Rimski-Kórsakov


Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Thursday [11th] at 7:30 pm, the Auditorium welcomes the concert Temptations by Quantum Ensemble. Tickets are already sold out. The programme will tackle a repertoire comprised of pieces by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, Igor Stravinsky and Nicolái Rimski-Kórsakov. 

On this occasion, the chamber ensemble will consist of Alissa Margulis, violinist, Cristo Barrios, clarinettist, Adolfo Gutiérrez cellist and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, pianist. The title of this concert is based on the fact that since ancient Greece, strong condemnations against music appeal to the senses, against its ability to excite primitive emotions; thus, music was understood as a social threat. 

At the same time, numerous compositions have been inspired by vices and temptations; they have recreated the sounds of the underworld and have travelled the arduous path that leads from sin to redemption. As a preview of the concert, Cristo Barrios explains that "the devil dances, overjoyed, at the end of ‘The Soldier's Tale’ because he has managed to seize the protagonist's soul. Meanwhile, Scheherazade is able to save her life for one more day by postponing the end of her stories”. "Temptation disrupts plans and makes men know their limits." states the founder member of Quantum Ensemble.

The concert will take place at the Chamber Hall and will start with Metaludes (notebook 5) by Díaz-Jerez, that include the world première Hidden States. This will be followed by Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (‘The Soldier's Tale’), to finish with Shéhérazade, symphonic suite, op. 35 by Rimski-Kórsakov, arranged for violin, clarinet, chello and piano by Pablo Díaz.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". Likewise, the correct and compulsory use of masks is reminded. The concert will take place in compliance with all health and safety measures based in the contingency plan against COVID-19 of Auditorio de Tenerife, the first Spanish auditorium to be certified by AENOR.

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"A (musical) river runs through it" is the orchestra proposal, which is also offered for school shows.


Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Saturday [6th] at 12:00 noon, the Auditorium welcomes a concert for family audience that will be held at the auditorium's Symphony Hall. "A (musical) river runs through it" will be conducted by Ruben Gimeno and narrated by Ana Hernández Sanchiz.

Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife will perform a programme comprised of Pizzicato Polka, by Johann and Joseph Strauss; Largo from "Winter" from "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi; ‘Thunder and Storm’, Symphony no 6 or Pastoral Symphony Op. 68 by Ludwig van Beethoven; ‘The Moldau’ symphonic poem by Bedřich Smetana; Slavonic Dance no 8 (Furiant) Op. 46 and Slavonic Dance no 6 (vals) Op. 46 by Antonin Dvořák. The selected pieces evoke the aquatic nature of the planet and will be linked by a poetic guiding thread in order to spark the imagination of listeners across aspects as diverse as the landscape and sustainability.

This week of educational concerts got underway on Wednesday 3 February 21, it continued yesterday and will continue today [Friday 5] with social inclusion groups and school pupils. It is estimated that more than 300 people will watch the show over these days before the family concert. Those attending come from Centro Probosco (La Orotava); Nursery and Primary School Samoga (El Sauzal); Orobal (Los Cristianos); Canarian Autism Disorders Spectrum Association (APANATE), the Canary Islands Asperger Association (ASPERCAN), Nursery and Primary Schools San Bartolomé and Punta del Hidalgo Primary School (San Cristóbal de La Laguna); Sonsoles Soriano Tutelary Foundation, Nursery and Primary Schools Miguel Pintor González and El Tablero (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

The guardians of these groups have received a teaching guide beforehand about this concert in order to work with their pupils on the relationship of water with different artistic languages and forms: music, dance, poetry, painting and the visual arts.

This activity of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is part of the commitment by Tenerife Island Council to offer first-rate cultural programming that is available Tenerife audiences, especially the youngest, through innovative and interdisciplinary proposals. During the 2019/20 season, more than 2,000 Primary Education pupils from 28 schools in 8 municipalities on the Island took part.

Rubén Gimeno, the current artistic director of the Youth Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid (JORCAM) and of the Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country (EGO) was also the Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Vallés. He has run a large number of the main Spanish groups such as the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Basque Country, Symphony Orchestra of Castille and León, Orchestra of Valencia, Orchestra of Barcelona, National Orchestra of Catalonia, Orchestra of Granada, Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, Orchestra of Palau de les Arts or Orchestra of Gran Teatre del Liceu. 

The baton of Gimeno has also conducted several foreign orchestras like Norrkoping Symphony, Gavle Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Rheinische Philharmonie, Orchestra MMCK (Japan) or National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, among others.

His activity in the lyrical field has led him to direct productions of the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, Don Gil de Alcalá, Marina, La Gran Vía and Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente or La del Soto del Parral at Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid). The Valencian director also collaborates intensely with the “Opera in Catalonia” series. He has conducted The Tales of Hoffman, L’Elisir d’Amore, Nabucco, La bohème, Orpheus and Eurydice, Madama Butterfly and Goyescas.

Ana Hernández Sanchiz is a Spanish actress who combines musical teaching and cultural management. She currently collaborates with the programmes of the main national symphony orchestras, as well as other prestigious institutions such as the Teatro Real, Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro de la Maestranza, Kursaal Auditoriums and Baluarte. 

Hernández Sanchiz, is carrying out the project “Adopt a Musician” at the National and Symphonic Orchestras of Bilbao and Seville. In Latin America she has collaborated with the Grand National Theatre of Lima, Teatro Solís of Montevideo, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Nacional Juvenil Bicentenario Symphony Orchestra of Perú, Nacional Orchestra of Argentina and Symphony Band of Montevideo. 

She has recorded several records as narrator of musical tales and stages creative workshops in socio-educational projects with different groups. She is also a co-founder and member of the companies of women stage creators Arquetípicas and Atlantis.

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