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Enrique Arriaga explains that this production "will take us to a chessboard with castles and dragons"

 

 

Auditorio de Tenerife presents the opera Rinaldo adapted as a fantasy show for the family audience. The show details were announced by the island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga; the stage director, Stefania Panighini and the musical director, Giovanni Paganelli. In addition to the performances on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of April, which are already sold out, an extraordinary session has been organised that will be attended by 210 schoolchildren from schools in Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Arafo. 

As Arriaga assured, "opera as a genre leaves no one indifferent, and we add spectators with each performance". "This production by the Auditorio de Tenerife will take us to a life-size chess board with castles and dragons," said the minister, who considers that the cultural proposal of the Island Council is "a synonym of safety". Finally, Mr Arriaga wished "that all those who come to see the performances really enjoy this family event".

Stefania Panighini declared that "considering the health situation we are experiencing, it is very important to be working in this production because Spain is one of the few European countries that has continued to work internationally". The stage director also said that, "in the case of Italy, the theatres were closed in November and have not reopened yet. That is a long time without work and culture". "Children were the great ignored in this pandemic, as we took a year off their leisure lives. This production is focused on children and on their emotions," explained Panighini, who returned to work in Tenerife after Hänsel und Gretel (2019) and Rinaldo (2016).

Giovanni Paganelli agreed with Enrique Arriaga's statement, adding that "opera does not leave you indifferent because it speaks of our life, of everyone's life". The maestro analysed that "this baroque opera covers many emotions: humour, astonishment, nostalgia, the will to transgress and the most beautiful cry for freedom that can exist in the opera world: when Almirena was taken prisoner and sings Lascia ch'io pianga, she shows that they might be able to control her body but never her desire for freedom". "I've seen one-year-old children thrilled by this moment, moved by the energy of music composed more than 300 years ago," Paganelli said.

Produced by Opera de Tenerife, Rinaldo was premièred in 2016 and scheduled to be performed again in April 2020. However, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. 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 framework of this story is a fantasy chessboard. The evil sorceress Armida abducts Almirena, daughter of King Goffredo, to distract her betrothed Rinaldo, a famous knight. 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 three-act Baroque opera is one of Handel's best known. 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.

Opera de Tenerife's family programme offers lyrical titles adapted to the youngest ones to be enjoyed by a family audience. The initiative thus reinforces Opera de Tenerife's commitment to creating new audiences and raising awareness of the performing arts.

Each year one performance is chosen and adapted to a format lasting approximately 70 minutes. Reducing the time neither means limiting the expression nor the author's original message, which is reinforced by the information material delivered to the audience when entering the hall.

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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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Alejandro Krawietz pointed out that this Opera (e)Studio edition has seen a record participation

 

 

Tenerife's Island Council presents the opera Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. It will be performed from March 18th to 21st in the Symphonic Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife. This opera is a co-production with Teatro Reggio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo, both of which will host it during the 2021/22 season. The staging is set in the 1950s and takes place in a New York bakery. The opera will be performed by the twelve singers who comprise the eighth class of Opera (e)Studio, a comprehensive learning project organised by Ópera de Tenerife.

The details of this production were announced today [Thursday 11] by Alejandro Krawietz, Island’s Director of Culture, and Giulio Zappa, Artistic Director of Opera (e)Studio; Roberto Catalano, Stage Director and Davide Levi, Conductor. Details were announced during an informative event at which all twelve singers who will star during the four performances were also present.

According to the Island's Director of Culture "the programme has a comprehensive character in the operatic field", qualifying it as a highlight during this season of Opera de Tenerife. Krawietz explained the difficulties inherent in this edition due to the pandemic. He also pointed out that "during their stay on the island, the twelve singers undergo a learning process with a very intense professional pace". He also declared that "singers were chosen through an international call for applications, which attracted 195 candidates, a record number in all editions that have been held".

Giulio Zappa, Artistic Director, stressed the importance of this project in which almost hundred singers have participated over the last eight years. He thanked the whole team for their involvement in bringing this work to fruition. He also hoped that "the singers will always remember this time in Tenerife, despite the fact that this year has been a bit peculiar due to the health situation"; he was confident that this experience will be "important and fun for their life and professional career".

Roberto Catalano, Stage Director of Il matrimonio segreto, said he was "very happy to be here during this peculiar historical moment. “We have made a team effort and I thank everyone for making me feel at home. Davide Levi, Conductor, emphasised that "the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is doing a marvellous job". He also valued how "incredible" it is to offer a concert with audience under these circumstances, so "I am very fortunate to be part of this project".

Catalan singer Jan Antem spoke on behalf of his colleagues. "It is a challenge to perform this opera because it has a very peculiar style," said the Spanish baritone. He added that "the experience in Tenerife has been very pleasant" and also recognises that he is fulfilling a dream by being able to perform this same title in Italy, namely "in two theatres with a long tradition", such as Teatro Reggio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

Il matrimonio segreto is set in New York in the 1950s, where Geronimo & Co. patisserie specialising in babàs (a typical sweet from Naples) is run by an Italian who misses his hometown. His youngest daughter, Carolina, has secretly married Paolino, a delivery boy at the bakery, and both dream of starring in Broadway musicals. Geronimo's idea is to marry off his daughters to noblemen. This will lead to the plot development, which was originally set in 18th century in Bologna.

The young artists are Giulia Mazzola (Italy), Veronika Seghers (Germany), Eleonora Nota (Italy), Marilena Ruta (Italy), Mara Gaudenzi (Italy), Claire Gascoin (France), Bekir Serbest (Turkey), Antonio Mandrillo (Italy), Ignas Melnikas (Lithuania), Francesco Leone (Italy), Jan Antem (Spain) and Ramiro Maturana (Chile). In addition to Roberto Catalano and Davide Levi, the staff is rounded up with Emanuele Sinisi as set designer; Ilaria Ariemme as costume designer and Fiammetta Baldiserri as lighting director.

Opera (e)Studio is a project of Ópera de Tenerife whose aim is to train singers after a process of comprehensive artistic improvement that began last January. During this multi-purpose initiative, artists work on multiple aspects, from different techniques of musical interpretation to stage performance; style, diction, body language or dramaturgy, which will alternate with sessions resembling the real professional pace of a theatre: costume tests, make-up and rehearsals with the orchestra.  

Tickets for any of the four performances 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. 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.

 

Cast and Crew

Art Director of Opera (e)Studio: Giulio Zappa

Conductor: Davide Levi

Stage Director: Roberto Catalano

Choreographer: Sandhya Nagaraja

Scenic Designer: Emanuele Sinisi

Assistant Scenic Designer: Francesca Sgariboldi

Costume Designer: Ilaria Ariemme

Lighting Designer: Fiammetta Baldiserri

Coproduced by: Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Reggio di Parma and Massimo di Palermo

Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife

 

Show on March 18th and 20th

Show on March 19th and 21st

 

Carolina (soprano)

Elisetta (soprano)

Giulia Mazzola

Eleonora Nota

Veronika Seghers

Marilena Ruta

Fidalma (mezzosoprano)

Claire Gascoin

Mara Gaudenzi

Paolino (tenor)

Bekir Serbest

Antonio Mandrillo

Geronimo (bass)

Francesco Leone

Ignas Melnikas

Conde Robinson (baritone)

Ramiro Maturana

Jan Antem

   

Figurants 

The following dancers of "Centro Internacional de Danza de Tenerife" take part in all four performances: Tania Peña, Olaya Hernández, Víctor Rodríguez, Guillermo Vera and Eduardo Díez, as well as the actor Juan Pablo Domínguez.

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The concert starts at 7:00 pm at Escuela Municipal de Música (Municipal Music School) and tickets are sold out

 

The singers that comprise the eighth edition of Opera (e)Studio will offer tomorrow [Thursday 25] a lyrical recital at Escuela Municipal de Música (Municipal Music School)that starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are sold out. This will be the second performance of the twelve artists, after the premiere they had yesterday [Tuesday 23] at the venue Paraninfo of the University of La Laguna (ULL). The concert was attended, among others, by Enrique Arriaga, Councillor for Culture of Tenerife Island Council; Juan Albino Méndez, Vice-Rector for Culture, and Alejandro Krawietz, Island Director of Culture.

All twelve singers are currently members of this training programme's edition aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. The training programme is organised by the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council through Opera Tenerife. The singers will offer again in Adeje a journey through popular fragments by different composers. The pieces were presented by Giulio Zappa, the academy director. 

Arriaga was satisfied with the show. "Considering the audience's response, I think it has been shown that the recital has been well received during this first chance to listen to the international singers, who are being trained on our island" declares the councillor of Culture, who is convinced that the singers will repeat their success in Adeje. He is also confident that there will be a good response to the four performances of Il matrimonio segreto the opera that these artists will offer from the 18th to the 21st of March.

For his part, Alejandro Krawietz highlighted the collaboration with the University of La Laguna: “We always find help every time we come to these facilities. This recital has become a classic in its season. Moreover, there has been an excellent response from the public who, in these difficult times, continue to demand cultural offerings."

The Vice-Rector for Culture thanked Auditorio de Tenerife for "once again having chosen the venue Paraninfo to host the presentation of these young opera singers on the island" and was very happy with the quality of the show. 

The Adeje lyrical recital will consist of thirteen pieces, three of them by Rossini, corresponding to his operas Il barbiere de Siviglia, La cambiale di matrimonio and La Cenerentola; two by Puccini (Edgar and La Rondine); one by Donizetti (Don Pasquale), one by Monteverdi (L’incoronazione di Poppea), one by Bizet (Les pêcheurs de perles), one by Rachmaninov (Aleko) and four by Cimarosa, from the opera Il matrimonio segreto that will be performed from the 18th to the 21st of March at the Symphonic Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The young artists are Giulia Mazzola (Italy), Veronika Seghers (Germany), Eleonora Nota (Italy), Marilena Ruta (Italy), Mara Gaudenzi (Italy), Claire Gascoin (France), Bekir Serbest (Turkey), Antonio Mandrillo (Italy), Ignas Melnikas (Lithuania), Francesco Leone (Italy), Jan Antem (España) and Ramiro Maturana (Chile). They will be accompanied on the piano by Claudio Marchetti.

The project Opera (e)Studio started in 2013 in parallel with the opera season offered by Opera Tenerife. 1,099 singers have participated during the auditions that have been held over the last eight years, of which 87 singers from 23 countries have been chosen for the training.  Opera (e)Studio is an education academy aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. It also aims to support and promote young singers in order to provide them adequate job prospects. In fact, many of the singers who have taken part in this project currently enjoy consolidated professional careers.

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The members of Opera (e)Studio’s eighth edition will sing on Tuesday at Paraninfo (La Laguna) and on Thursday in Adeje.

 

Next week, the singers of Opera (e)Studio’s eighth edition will offer two recitals organised by Opera Tenerife with the collaboration of Universidad de La Laguna and the City Council of Adeje. The first recital will take place on Tuesday [23rd] after 7:00 pm at Paraninfo de La Laguna, and the second will be held on Thursday [25th] at the same time at Escuela Municipal de Música, Adeje

All twelve singers are currently members of this training programme's edition aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. The training programme is organised by the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council through Opera Tenerife. The singers will offer both recitals and will perform well-known pieces of works by composers like Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Cimarosa that will be presented by Giulio Zappa, the academy director. Cimarosa is the author of 'Il matrimonio segreto', opera to be performed from March 18 to 21 at the Symphonic Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The councillor of Culture, Enrique Arriaga, reminds that "these recitals by the singers are part of the training cycle they are taking since they arrived last January to Tenerife. They will be their first opportunity to introduce themselves to our public before the staging of the opera in the second half of March."

The young artists are Giulia Mazzola (Italy), Veronika Seghers (Germany), Eleonora Nota (Italy), Marilena Ruta (Italy), Mara Gaudenzi (Italy), Claire Gascoin (France), Bekir Serbest (Turkey), Antonio Mandrillo (Italy), Ignas Melnikas (Lithuania), Francesco Leone (Italy), Jan Antem (España) and Ramiro Maturana (Chile). They will be accompanied on the piano by Hana Lee at Paraninfo and by Claudio Marchetti in Adeje.

The programme will comprise pieces like “Cheti cheti immantinente” (Don Pasquale / Donizetti), “Au fond du temple saint” (The Pearl Fishers / Bizet), “Pur ti miro” (L’incoronazione di Poppea / Monteverdi), “Caro nome” (Rigoletto / Verdi), “Ach, ich fühl’s” (The Magic Flute / Mozart), “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” (La Rondine / Puccini) and a few samples of Il matrimonio segreto. Both music appointments will be free of charge. Invitations can be withdrawn at www.auditoriodetenerife.com and at Tomaticket.

The project Opera (e)Studio started in 2013 in parallel with the opera season offered by Opera Tenerife. 1,099 singers have participated during the auditions that have been held over the last eight years, of which 87 singers from 23 countries have been chosen for the training.  Opera (e)Studio is an education academy aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. It also aims to support and promote young singers in order to provide them adequate job prospects. In fact, many of the singers who have taken part in this project currently enjoy consolidated professional careers.

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