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The twelve singers, who are starting their specialised training, were welcomed by the island´s director of Culture, Alejandro Krawietz

 

The eighth edition of Opera (e)Studio got underway today at Auditorio de Tenerife. During the launch event, the twelve singers who are starring in this year´s edition for specialised training, were welcomed by the island´s director of Culture for the Council of Tenerife, Alejandro Krawietz; the artistic director of the Auditorium, José Luis Rivero, and the director of Opera (e)Studio, Giulio Zappa.

Krawietz welcomed the singers to the island and explained to them that “Opera (e)Studio is an extremely important project for the Council of Tenerife. I imagine it is for you too”. He hoped they would remember this experience “as an interesting stage of their professional trajectory” and that over these two months they would also “find time to enjoy the island”.

José Luis Rivero pointed out that “we are really delighted to be staging Il matrimonio segreto at such a difficult time; it is a great responsibility for everyone. You have been selected from among many hopefuls and that is why I am congratulating you; I wish you lots of luck and lots of work”. 

Giulio Zappa, director of Opera (e)Studio, reviewed the working process that the singers will undertake during their stay and emphasised the difficult current circumstances. He asked the singers to “strictly adhere to the safety protocols". “From today, we begin working and I am completely at your disposal”.

The young people, chosen from 195 hopefuls, will spend two months of intensive training on the island, during which they will receive classes from professionals in the sector to prepare their roles in the opera Il matrimonio segreto, a co-production by Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

The singers, who are aged between 22 and 31, will form two casts each comprised of six roles, of Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. From 18th to 21st March, this opera will première at the Auditorium´s Symphony Hall in four performances. 

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 be Carolina. Fidalma will be played by both mezzo-sopranos Mara Gaudenzi, Italian, and Claire Gascoin, French. The Spaniard Jan Antem and the Chilean Ramiro Maturana have been chosen for the role of Conte Robinson, baritones, while both tenors Bekir Serbest, Turkish, and Antonio Mandrillo, Italian, will play the role of Paolino.

The musical direction of this artistic proposal is provided by Davide Levi, in charge of the OST (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) and Roberto Catalano is responsible for 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 programme for young artists is aimed at offering highly specialised training on the 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 in 2019 and 2020 the recognition of the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which reflects development, sustainability, job creation and training.

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The first concert took place in the Symphony Hall and was attended by 3rd and 4th year Primary Education pupils

 

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, hosted the first concert for schoolchildren since the lockdown last March. Tenerife Philharmonic Orchestra staged the show “Peter and the Wolf”.

Directed by José Antonio Cubas Delgado, twenty musicians and eight actors performed a musical tale under the strict control of the safety measures implemented by Auditorio de Tenerife, for the entry into the hall of the children, the stage performers and the performance of the show.

“The orchestra is a family”, announced one of the narrators before beginning to present the string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Each instrument represented one of the characters: the bird, the duck, the hunters, the wolf and Peter himself, the main character of the story. The role of the concertmaster and that of the conductor were also explained to the children before they delved into the musical story.

The pupils -always maintaining social distancing- interacted with the show by answering the questions of the narrators, asking questions and looking around the entire hall to find the evil wolf.

Thus, learning about the families of instruments, how to distinguish them and classify them were some of the aims set by this educational project. These concepts were conveyed to pupils through the creative process entailed by a concert created specially to teach small children through music.

The pupils that visited Auditorio de Tenerife came from the Nursery and Primary Schools Miguel Pintor González, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Melchor Núñez Tejera and Punta del Hidalgo, de La Laguna. Beforehand, the schools received teaching activities to complement the show. In view of the circumstances, these materials were created online in order to facilitate access for all pupils.

The contingency plan against Covid-19 of Auditorio de Tenerife was the first one certified by AENOR for an auditorium. This certification allows the Auditorium to carry out its programme completely safely. Measuring temperature, constant cleaning and disinfection, renewal of air and the obligatory and constant use of masks are just some of the measures implemented. All of the measures can be consulted on our website www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

Next concert for pupils and social collectives is titled "A (musical) river runs through it" and it will take place next week with Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. A family concert will be held next Saturday [6th] at 12:00.

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The National Dance Award winner and the Canadian performer offer a show that blends cinema, performance dance and music

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt hat is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Sunday [30th] at 7:00 pm Fordlandia, will be featured by Lucía Lacarra, National Dance Award winner and the Canadian renowned dancer, Matthew Golding. Cinema and performance dance, light and music blend with the styles of four highly talented choreographers to create a complete work of art.

This show, which fully exploits the creative and technical possibilities of theatre, is divided into scenes of the neoclassical duet with music by composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Gueorgui Sviridov, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arvo and Pärt that were created by the choreographers Anna Hop, Yuri Possokhov, Juanjo Arqués and Christopher Wheeldon.

The starring couple walk an artistic tightrope between dance and cinematic reflection. Inspired by the experience of lockdown, a work of dance art with multiple layers emerges where, according to Lacarra, “each person has to decide for themselves if they should pay attention to reality or dreams, to disenchantment or hope”. Without a narrative, it is based on relationships and above all, the different forms of forced separation that can exist in a relationship, even with love.

Lucía Lacarra, a native of Zumaia, Gipuzkoa, arrived at the Víctor Ullate School aged 14 and at the age of 15 she began her professional career at Víctor Ullate Ballet. She has been the principal dancer for major companies the National Ballet of Marseille, San Francisco Ballet, the Bavarian State Opera Ballet and Ballet Dortmund. She has won several awards: Nijinsky Award, Prix Benois de la Danse, Dance Open and the National Dance Award. She was named the Dancer of the Decade at the Kremlin in Moscow and Chamber Dancer of the State of Bavaria. She is the founder of GOLDENLAC Producciones. 

Golding, a dancer born in Canada, graduated from the Royal Ballet School. He won the Youth American Grand Prix and the Prix de Lausanne. He has been the principal dancer for major companies such as the Dutch National Ballet, the Royal Ballet of London and the guest star at the Mariinsky, Bavarian State Opera Ballet, English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and Oslo Opera He performed the Lead Roles and recorded the DVD versions of Cinderella by C. Wheeldon, Don Quichot by A. Ratmansky and Swan Lake by A. Dowell. As a co-founder of GOLDENLAC Producciones, Fordlandia is the first show he has created and directed.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  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. 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-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show 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 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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The maestro, who was the conductor of the island group between 1968 and 1985, will go before the orchestra next week

 

The Island Council wishes to pay tribute to  Armando Alfonso in the  year that he will turn 90 with an extraordinary concert by the Tenerife Symphony on Friday [29th] at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorio de Tenerife. The maestro, who was the conductor of the island group between 1968 and 1985, will go before the orchestra next week.

The details of this concert were announced today [21st] by the president of the Island Council, Pedro Martín; the vice-president and councillor for Culture Enrique Arriaga and by Armando Alfonso himself, who has designed a programme for the occasion that includes Suite No. 3 in D major (Aria), by Johann Sebastian Bach; Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; and Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73, by Johannes Brahms.

Mr. Martín explained, "we have made a great effort to keep this concert because it is a way to recognise one of the most distinguished people who has ever passed through the Tenerife Symphony". "To think that a person who has retired from the world of culture cannot contribute anything would be a very grave mistake," added the president of the Island Council, considering that this concert is "a beautiful way to combat the permanent sadness that we face daily in this pandemic" and hoping that tickets are sold out.

Likewise, Enrique Arriaga reminded us that "not everything is bad news and today a concert will be presented that will feature the invaluable direction of Mr. Armando Alfonso as conductor at the unbeatable price of five euros". Arriaga noted that "the Auditorium's protocols allow for safe cultural programming at any alert level." He also made reference to the honouree: “Armando Alfonso was the main conductor of the Canary Islands Chamber Orchestra –called the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra from 1970 onwards– for seventeen years, a period in which the island group would expand its repertoire extraordinarily and, in fact, during this time more than a hundred pieces were performed for the first time by the orchestra”.

Alfonso noted that “it is always a pleasure to be in front of the orchestra because I consider it a part of me, and it is one of the most prestigious orchestras in Spain”. He added, “this concert is very special for me because there are circumstances surrounding it that don't typically coincide: my ninetieth year of life, which not everyone can say they live to; the fact that the orchestra is paying tribute to me by having me direct a concert; the fact that the symphony is celebrating 50 years with its current name; and the fact that two months ago my wife passed away and this concert is a ceremony that I want to give to her, in her memory". Alfonso explained that "one piece of the programme, the first, is specially designed for her, being an Aria by Bach, and the rest of the programme is also of utmost musical quality – even for those who are not used to classical music”.

In 1970, Alfonso was appointed professor of Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue, and Composition at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Higher Conservatory of Music. In 2002, he was elected academic of the San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts.

Alfonso studied piano and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, expanding his studies at the Higher National Conservatory of Paris, where he received instruction in conducting.

He got his start in conducting with the Spanish ballets of Pilar López and María Rosa, with whom he travelled through Spain, Europe, and Asia. He has also led some of the most important Spanish musical groups, among which are the National Orchestra and the Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, in addition to carrying out his work in France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Czechoslovakia, the United States, Mexico, and Japan.

As a composer, Alfonso has tackled different genres and instrumental combinations. His pieces have been performed in Spain, France, and Italy, and some of his pieces have been recorded as part of the La creación musical en Canarias("Music Creation in the Canary Islands") collection.

The programme

In 1730, Johann Sebastian Bach composed Suite No. 3 in D major (Aria), BWV 1068, for orchestra and it is one of the best known orchestral pieces by the Teutonic composer. The piece is an Italian-style adagio that contrasts with the French style of the suite's first movement, highlighting in its development the melodic lines of the violin and viola, a conversation that is interwoven with the main melody.

Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed Romeo and Juliet in 1869 – an instrumental drama in which he depicts the tragedy of the lovers from Verona. The version subtitled as an Overture-Fantasy is a revision of the original score which the Russian author rewrote in 1879 after the piece's poor reception at different European venues. One of the most curious harmonic devices employed by Tchaikovsky is the alternate use of two dissonant chords that symbolise the impossible love of the protagonists.

During the summer of 1877, and while visiting the Austrian Alps, Johannes Brahms composed Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73. Branded by the author himself as "melancholic music, although at the same time cheerful”, the piece takes place in an apparently bucolic atmosphere, preserving the usual form of a classical symphony in four movements.

Tickets can be purchased at a single price of 5 euros on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by phone dialling 5 317 327 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 at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625 from Monday to Friday 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 and enjoy of this cultural experience. By purchasing tickets, you accept of the measures implemented by the cultural centre of the Island Council to combat COVID-19, such as the correct only 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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Juan de la Rubia will play the unique organ housed in the walls of Symphony Hall this Sunday in our cultural space

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt hat is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Sunday [24th] Juan de la Rubia, main organist of the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona, will give the organ concert Ecos desde el espejo ("Echoes in  the Mirror"). He will tackle music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Guridi, and De la Rubia himself, breathing life into the unique instrument in Symphony Hall.

This will be the first opportunity of the year to have the experience of listening to the Auditorium's organ, built by prestigious organ builder Albert Blancafort and his team. It is a 21st century instrument that is unique because of its design, but also because of its sound and registration, which come from the 3,835 pipes that are housed in the walls of the emblematic hall – controlled from on-stage by the console where the organist plays.

The programme consists of Vivaldi's Concerto in D major, transcribed by Bach, Variations sérieuses by Mendelssohn, transcribed by R. Smits, and Ten Basque Melodies by Guridi, transcribed by Juan de la Rubia himself, who will end the concert with a bit of improvisation.

This concert, which has the collaboration of the San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Art, brings the art of transcription to the fore.  It represents a key to organ repertoire which, while extensive in and of itself, is nourished by these interpretations.

Juan de la Rubia, main organist of the Sagrada Familia, is originally from Vall d'Uixó (Castellón), where he began his studies under his father and Ricardo Pitarch, ending them in several European capitals. During his beginnings, he received up to five Extraordinary Awards in various specialities, in addition to the First Prize in the Permanent Competition of Musical Youth of Spain (2002) and the El Primer Palau Award (2004) – recognition that helped to boost his career notably. 

His incessant activity as a soloist, conductor, accompanist, and continuist has taken him to the main stages of some thirty countries in the world. In the last decade, De la Rubia has also specialised in improvisation for silent films, noteworthy of which are "Faust" and “Nosferatu" by Murnau and "Metropolis" by Lang. Member of the Reial Acadèmia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi and Professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, he regularly conducts master classes in the cities of Budapest, Stuttgart, and Rome.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  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. 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-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show 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 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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On the 22nd and the 23rd, the singer and the pianist Juan Francisco Parra will present the piece by Jean Cocteau and music by Francis Poulenc

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt hat is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On January 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 pm, the Chamber Hall of the Auditorium welcomes the opera in one act entitled La voz humana ("The Human Voice"). Soprano Carmen Acosta and pianist Juan Francisco Parra will breathe life, under the direction of Víctor Manuel Dogar, into the piece by Jean Cocteau released in 1959, featuring music by Francis Poulenc.

Both Canarian artists will bring this opera by the French poet to life on stage – a monologue he wrote with the cadence and musicality of the greatest possible tragedy: knowing that you are despised by the being that you love, thrown into a miserable survival and forced to live with anonymous and close beings for whom you feel no affection. The protagonist is a lonely woman faced with the misfortune of heartbreak, of betrayal, of the vertiginous descent into hell as she finds herself marginalised – the victim of a tragedy.

The poet's verses were joined with the music of Poulenc to breathe life into La voz humana ("The Human Voice"), based on the 1930 play of the same name, and turn it into a masterful one-act opera for a single character. In this production, the costume and set design are by Yaiza Pinillos, while the lighting is thanks to Aaron S. Ramos. This is a production by Vector de Ideas.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  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 going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those 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 start of the show 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 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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