Auditorio de Tenerife, part of the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, keeps working with the specialization academy Opera(e)Studio, which has made changes in its usual calendar. The current situation and its consequences in terms of safety and international mobility have led to the relocation of the auditions and the staging of the eighth opera, which is co-produced with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
The auditions were meant to take place between 11 and 19 May 2020 in the Spanish municipalities of Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in the Italian cities of Parma and Palermo. We are currently trying to find the best date at the end of the present year to carry out these tests safely and with all the health and quality guarantees for participating singers.
Therefore, the calendar of this Ópera de Tenerife programme has changed. The production of Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa, that was scheduled for October 2020, will now take place in the first quarter of 2021, provided that this exceptional situation allows it. Later, the production and the same cast will travel to the two co-producing theatres.
Although the registration deadline was on 19 April, Ópera de Tenerife announced registration is to be kept open. In fact, with the aim of offering the best options to interested artists, the registration period is extended until further notice. The audition dates will be published as soon as possible on the programme’s website www.operaestudio.eu.
This programme for young artists aims to provide highly specialised training in the international opera field while also acting as a showcase and springboard for many of the singers. In past years candidates from more than 24 countries have taken part in the auditions. Ópera (e)Studio also shows the technical production work done at Auditorio de Tenerife, which in 2019 and 2020 was recognised by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme which reflects its development, sustainability, job creation and training.
Remember that beautiful production of La Traviata that we took to La Laguna, Garachico, Puerto de la Cruz and Adeje? We can’t get it off our mind either. As it’s been impossible to see it again this year, we thought we’d bring it to you in a different way. So, this includes greatest moments and curiosities about the costumes and stage design. On 22 and 23 May we released a special La Traviata programme that includes a 45-minute selection of the best scenes of this special title. Enjoy it!
Would you like to learn more about this Opera Pocket show? Paolo V. Montanari, Ópera de Tenerife production crew, Jorge Cabrera, Technical Production Manager at Auditorio de Tenerife La Traviata set designer, and Javier Caraballero, La Traviata costume designer.
To find out what this title meant to Ópera de Tenerife we decided to talk to two key professionals involved in the production: Alessandro Palumbo, musical director, and Alejandro Abrante, stage director. Listen to the conversation here:
Also, here’s the evocative prelude that set the scene for the main character. We didn’t want you to miss out on the way we presented this initiative for the first time, in style!
Here go some photographs of this genuinely Verdi production:
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Saturday 25 April was the date we had chosen to show our Rinaldo to you all, an Ópera de Tenerife in-house production that we had put together to be enjoyed by all the family, as well as by schoolchildren on 23 April. We had to put off our meeting, but we didn’t want to let these days go by without paying tribute to this production, which was premiered in 2016 and where so many, many people have worked.
First of all, we’d like you to travel to Rinaldo oneiric world with this sample of the show:
Pay attention to the details: the floor is a chessboard, there is a Medieval castle, a Viking boat that sails through mid-air, the black and white contrast, a journey across the clouds…
We’ve opted for focusing on the characters, that’s why the make-up artist, costume designer and dressmaker, who made the ideas of director Stefania Panighini become a reality, tell us about them here.
1.Play Rinaldo’s most famous aria with the recorder.
2. Find the words in these word search games.
3.Colour the protagonists.
Download Rinaldo to colour
Download Almirena to colour
Finally, we’d like to share with you something that brings us together to adapt operas for the youngest: the Ópera en Familia programme.
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Ópera de Tenerife brings Lucrezia Borgia, the fourth title of the season, to nine municipalities on the island through the informative scheme Ópera en Ruta [Itinerant Opera]. By means of 60-minute talks, which are admission free, the main features of the work will be revealed. The opera is to be performed on 17, 19 and 22 March at 7:30 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica.
In addition to talking about the ins and outs of Lucrezia Borgia, Ópera en Ruta will also seek to undo some myths about the world of opera such as its supposed elitism and dress code, language barriers in performances and even Auditorio de Tenerife’s ticket sale channels, discounts and special rates.
There will be nine afternoon talks held in different libraries of the island’s Bibliotecas Públicas [Public Libraries Network]. The first two talks are taking place next week at 7:00 pm: on Tuesday, the 11 at the Biblioteca Tomás de Iriarte in Puerto de la Cruz and on Wednesday, the 12th at the Biblioteca Municipal in Tabaiba. The following events will be on Tuesday, the 18th at the Biblioteca de Garachico at 5:00 pm and Wednesday, the 19th at the Biblioteca Pública del Estado (La Granja) in Santa Cruz at 7:00 pm.
The March talks are starting on Tuesday, the 3rd at the Biblioteca Municipal in Güímar at 7:00 and on Wednesday the 4th at the Biblioteca Municipal de la Villa de Adeje at 6:30 pm. Finally, the last three talks are all at 7:00 pm: on Thursday, the 5th at the Biblioteca Municipal in La Orotava, Tuesday, the 10th at the Biblioteca Adrián Alemán de Armas in La Laguna and on Wednesday, the 11th at the Biblioteca Municipal in Candelaria.
Lucrezia Borgia is a melodrama in a prologue and two acts with music by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Felice Romani. It is based on a drama, with the same title, by the French writer Victor Hugo. 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 for this opera are available through Auditorio de Tenerife’s usual sale channels: at the box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; via our website clicking here or calling 902 317 327.
*Updated April 2020: https://bit.ly/2RXuV1K
Ópera de Tenerife has opened the call to take part in the eighth Opera (e)Studio, the high specialization academy for young artists, a scheme shared with two theatres in Italy: the Teatro Regio di Parma and the Teatro Massimo di Palermo. This time Ópera de Tenerife has chosen the title Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa. At the auditions, to take place at the two Italian theatres, at the Auditorio de Tenerife and at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid, the young artists will have the chance to show the talent, quality and excellence of their work.
Ópera de Tenerife’s team of professionals will start working with the selected singers in September through to the production of the opera which is to be put on four times from 22 to 25 October 2020 at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica. The same cast will also perform Il matrimonio segreto at theTeatro Regio di Parma and at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo in 2021.
Opera (e)Studio will be holding the auditions in four cities - on 11 and 12 May at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid; on 14 and 15 May at the Teatro Regio di Parma; on 17 May at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and finally, at the Auditorio de Tenerife on 19 May.
The candidates entering the selection process will have to perform, according to the role they are applying for, the compulsory arias of Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa; and two arias of other comic operas (or intermezzi) in Italian by Pergolesi, Galuppi, Piccinni, Paisiello, Cimarosa, Haydn, Salieri, Mozart or Rossini, one of which must include a recitative. All the arias, including the excerpts of the role in Il matrimonio segreto, are to be sung by heart.
Candidates can enter for more than one role. The titles requested for the five roles are the following: Geronimo (bass, baritone or bass-baritone) the aria Udite, tutti, udite, the recitative Questa invero è curiosa and the duet Se fiato in Corpo avete; Elisetta (soprano or mezzo soprano) the aria Se son vendicara; Carolina (mezzo soprano or contralto) the aria E vero che in casa; Conte Robinson (bass, baritone or bass-baritone) the introduzione entitled Cara, non dubitar, the recitative Or sappi, sposa mia and the aria Pria che spunti in ciel l’aurora.
For further information, please see the Regulations on Opera (e)Studio website www.operaestudio.eu . The call is open for opera singers who were born on or after 1 January 1988 and the deadline is on 19 April 2020 before 6:00 pm.
The aim of Ópera de Tenerife’s scheme for young artists is to provide holistic, highly specialized training in international opera singing. In these eight years singers from more than 24 different countries have taken part. Ópera (e)Studio has been the showcase and springboard for artists who are nowadays part of the opera world.
This programme by Ópera de Tenerife has also highlighted the work done at Auditorio de Tenerife’s production workshops, having been recognised by the European Commission’s Creative Europe scheme, which shows the development, sustainability, job creation and training in 2019 and 2020.
Ópera de Tenerife is taking Der Diktator and Der Kaiser von Atlantis, a double programme in concert version, to nine municipalities of the island through the programme Ópera en Ruta [Itinerant Opera]. In sixty-minute talks the audiences will learn about the main features of these two operas.
There will be a total of nine talks to be held in the afternoon at different venues of the island’s Public Library network. The talks, that started in La Orotava, will be held in Candelaria on Friday, the 29th, at the Biblioteca Pública de Garachico on 2 December, at Biblioteca Adrián Alemán de Armas, in La Laguna on the 3rd; at Biblioteca Pública del Estado de Santa Cruz on the 4th; at Biblioteca Municipal de la Villa de Adeje on the 5th; at Biblioteca de Tabaiba on the 9th; at Biblioteca Municipal de Santa Úrsula on the 10th and finally, at Biblioteca Tomás de Iriarte in Puerto de la Cruz on 11 December.
This double programme brings together two operas that were composed by Austrian authors in the first half of the 20th century. Through the use of sarcasm, they tackle the issue of totalitarian power. When Ernst Krenek composed Der Diktator in 1928 fascism already ruled in Italy and it was to reach Germany soon. Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis was composed in 1943 at a concentration camp.
Der Diktator [The dictator] is a tragic opera in one act with music and libretto in German by the composer and was premiered at Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden on 6 May 1928. This short work with a tremendous rhythm and composed in a melodic style that resembles Puccini’s, portrays the irresistible attraction of populist power, represented by a character who many thought to be inspired by Mussolini.
Der Kaiser von Atlantis [The Emperor of Atlantis] is a one-act opera by Austrian composer Viktor Ullmann and libretto in German by Peter Kien. It was composed while in prison at Theresienstadt concentration camp, where they were both jailed for being Jewish. In fact, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, a surrealist legend of a tyrant that is leading humanity to a cruel massacre, pushing Death himself to go on strike, was composed with all the characteristics the Nazis considered as ‘degenerate music’ (atonality, jazz...). When the camp authorities realized the figure of Emperor Overall was a not very veiled parody of Adolf Hitler, they forbade its premiere. Ullmann was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 where he was killed in the gas chamber.
In addition to the learning experience, Ópera en Ruta will also seek to undo some myths about the world of opera such as its supposed elitism or language barriers in performances; dress code and Auditorio de Tenerife’s ticket sale channels will also be dealt with.
Ópera en Ruta is part of the communication strategy of Ópera de Tenerife and Auditorio de Tenerife for the new 2019-2020 season. In addition to spreading opera, it also adds to the economic drive of this Tenerife project, which encourages the local cultural industry.