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Ópera de Tenerife started the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto [6th International Singing Competition] on Sunday, 30 June at 4:00 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife. It will go on until Thursday, the 4th when it will close with the Award-Winners Concert. This year, fifty candidates from twenty-five different countries have entered the competition in a contest whose aim is to become a platform for the artistic and professional development of participants.

Most candidates come from Spain, which totals thirteen singers, including five Canarian artists. There are also four singers from the United Kingdom and Russia; three from Germany and two from Belorussia, Chile, South Korea, the United States, and Venezuela, plus one candidate from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

The candidates have prepared five arias of their choice which will be tested in different tessitura in the qualifying phases from 30 June to 2 July. The final is taking place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, the 3rd. Each participant will sing an aria chosen by the jury or a zarzuela aria if competing for the Premio María Orán. Admission is free.

The Premio María Orán is for the best interpretation of a zarzuela aria. With this award Ópera de Tenerife does not only pay tribute to the memory of the Tenerife artist, but it also encourages the internationalization of opera in Spanish. Candidates must perform a role of one of the zarzuela titles in the Ópera de Tenerife season, according to the specific needs of each title and voice and stage suitability.

There will be three cash-prices of 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 euros respectively. There is an honorary Extraordinary Audience Award to be voted by the audience present in the final. Also, the various artistic directors attending the show will offer roles in their season productions according to the artists suitability and the productions’ requirements.

As always, the award-winners will give a concert on Thursday, 4 July at 7:30 pm at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife with maestro Dario Tondelli. Tickets for this concert are now on sale through the usual sales channels of Auditorio de Tenerife – at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; via or by phone on 902 317 327.

The competition has a jury of international prestige led by Giovanna Lomazzi, vice-president of; Paulo Abrão Esper,  general and artistic director of Ópera São Paulo (Brazil); Martín Boschet, executive director of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Alessandro di Gloria, casting manager and musical director assistant at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and casting consultant of the Teatro Real de Madrid (Italy/Spain); Cristina Ferrari,  artistic director of the Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza (Italy); Carmen Gloria Larenas, artistic director of Teatro del Lago de Frutillar (Chile); Fulvio Macciardi, director general of Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy); Alejandra Martí, executive director of OLA (Chile); Javier Menéndez, director general of Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla (Spain); Andrés Rodríguez-Spoerer, artistic director of the Área Música de la Fundación Ibáñez Atkinson (Chile), and Cristiano Sandri, head of artistic programming at Teatro Regio di Parma (Italy).

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Next Sunday enjoy the most outstanding arias of the operas being performed next season

Ópera de Tenerife has scheduled for 12:00 noon on Sunday, the 16th, an opera titbit in the square outside TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes where you can enjoy some of the pieces from productions to be performed next season.

Singers include soprano María José Torres; mezzo soprano Sandra Ferrández; tenor David Astorga and baritone Borja Molina, accompanied by the piano of maestro Borja Mariño. The event will be presented by Alejandro Abrante, intendant of Ópera de Tenerife.

The arias we will enjoy this time are by Donizetti, Verdi, Handel and Sorozábal and include ‘Ardir! Ha forse il cielo… Obbligato! Ah, sí! Obbligato!’ and ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ [L’elisir d’amore]; ‘Caro nome’ and ‘La donna è mobile’ [Rigoletto]; ‘Vieni, la mia vendetta’ and ‘Il segreto per esser felici’ [Lucrezia Borgia]; ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ [Rinaldo]; ‘Parigi, o cara’ [La traviata] and ‘No puede ser’ [La tabernera del puerto]. At the end of the show we can all enjoy an aperitif.

This activity, which was first started last season, aims at spreading the love for opera by taking it to different venues across the island of Tenerife. In previous occasions these get-togethers have taken place in the municipalities of Puerto de la Cruz, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Güímar and Santa Úrsula. This is the first opera titbit Ópera de Tenerife is offering in Santa Cruz.

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More than 800 children are coming to the two performances

More than 800 children from different schools across the Island are attending the two performances of Tom Thumb, part of the Manos a la Ópera initiative. The first showing took place today, Thursday, the 16th at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife; it is put on again tomorrow, the 17th at 11:00 am. This Ópera de Tenerife activity is part of the Social and Educational Area of Auditorio, with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social la Caixa.

In Manos a la Ópera they create a free version of an original opera and students, their schools, and parents are involved throughout the creative process.  The participating schools this year are CEIP Ernesto Castro Fariña, CEIP Las Retamas and CEO Leoncio Rodríguez, totalling sixty students.

The importance of this programme lies in the fact that in going through the creative process, participants work in different creative areas including literary creation, music, theatre, visual arts and body language. Ópera de Tenerife offers workshops where they learn the skills and resources to complete the phases involved in building a show.

This programme was started in 2012 and has already put on titles like PinocchioHansel & Gretel or Puss in Boots, with over 8,800 people attending the previous shows.

The project has two different stages: in the first one, students and teachers work together at school taking care of different aspects and recording the voices for the performance. In the second phase, participants come to Auditorio de Tenerife, and during the week of the show, they rehearse at Sala de Cámara, where the performance will take place.

Manos a la Ópera focuses on areas of knowledge of children’s education: self-knowledge and self-sufficiency, the surroundings, the language of communication and representation. Also, the role played by the whole education community, including the family, is fundamental as they take active part in the creative process.

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Puerto de la Cruz Town Council is hosting a talk by Alejandro Abrante about this opera, to be put on next weekend

Ópera de Tenerife’s intendant, Alejandro Abrante, is giving a talk about The Traviata at 7:00 pm on Tuesday the 14th in the Salón de Plenos of Puerto de la Cruz Town Hall.  During the talk, Abrante will explain the artistic process involved in staging one of Giuseppe Verdi’s best-known operas. Admission is free.

The talk is one of the parallel activities related to this production which is on next weekend in the grounds of the former Hotel Taoro. The show is at 9:00pm on Saturday, the 18th and Sunday, the 19th. The production has been entirely made on the island and is part of the Ópera Pocket initiative. It has already been on stage in La Laguna and Garachico, and it was on in Adeje last weekend.

Apart from the talk tomorrow in Puerto de la Cruz, Alejandro Abrante is giving another talk at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, the 15th at Sociedad Cultural Liceo de Taoro, in La Orotava. This is the last talk in the Primavera Violeta series, a project that is promoted by the Cabildo, through Ópera de Tenerife, and La Laguna University, through Instituto de Estudios de las Mujeres, the Pedro Cabrera Cultural Chair and the vice-chancellor office for Relationships with the Community. The series aims at training for gender equality values through culture.

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Alejandro Abrante is the stage director of this production

Ópera de Tenerife is putting on Verdi’s The Traviata at Magma Arte & Congresos in Adeje next weekend. The show is taking place at 7:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday with the collaboration of the Government of the Canary Islands through its Local Ministry for Tourism. The production which has been fully made on the Island, is being put on outside Auditorio de Tenerife as the Cabildo’s aim is to bring the genre to new audiences. This production will then go on stage the following weekend, [on the 18th and 19th], at the grounds of former Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz at 9:00 pm

This opera is about a woman, Violetta Valéry, and her love for Alfredo Germont, which is frustrated because of the moral standards of 19th century society. As stage director, Alejandro Abrante portrays the atmosphere and the characters Verdi employed to depict the details of a male-centred society. Jorge Cabrera’s stage design, which has been technically conceived to take the opera out of the usual stage, will transport viewers to a 19th century Paris where constructive elements and the new materials brought by the industrial revolution, like forged iron or glass, blend together.

Alessandro Palumbo, as he did last year at the Paraninfo and in Garachico, where this production was premiered, will be the musical director with Orquesta de la Academia Opera de Tenerife [Opera de Tenerife Academy Orchestra]. Singers include Julia Muzychenko (soprano); Nina Solodovnikova (soprano); David Astorga (tenor); Gillen Munguía (tenor); Daniele Terenzi (baritone); Pablo Gálvez (baritone); Borja Molina (baritone); Christina Campsall (mezzo soprano); Francesco Venuti (bass-baritone); María José Torres (soprano); Badel Albelo (tenor); Aleksandr Utkin (bass-baritone); Ángel Silva (baritone); Argel Campos (tenor) and Néstor Suárez Alonso (bass). The event also features Coro de la Ópera de Tenerife, directed by Carmen Cruz.

Costumes are by Tenerife designer Javier Caraballero and have been made by the Auditorio de Tenerife dressmaking team with the occasional collaboration of students of CIFP Las Indias, following a detailed study of the uses and customs of the period, in order to make them as realistic as possible. 

Based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel Camille, The Traviata is one of the best-known compositions by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). It begins at a party taking place in a luxurious hall, where courtesan Violetta Valéry meets young Alfredo Germont. The act ends with the popular toast “Libiamo ne’Lieti calici”. This piece praises the hedonistic life in 19th century Paris, that succumbs to the material pleasures of life.

From that moment on, viewers will feel a range of emotions, from joy to frivolity, gender violence to sadness, through a succession of situations that will make them feel all the phases of deepest love. The lovers will suffer the consequences of their social milieu, highly male-centred. The mishaps in their romantic adventure will lead them to an unavoidable dramatic outcome.

Tickets for any of the performances can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; on auditorio’s website or calling 902 317 327. Tickets for the performance in Adeje, can also be bought at Magma Arte & Congresos box office from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday; for   Puerto de la Cruz, you can also get them at Castillo San Felipe Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

In parallel and in collaboration with Puerto de la Cruz Town Council, there is a talk at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, the 14th entitled “La traviata, un volcán de emociones” [The Traviata, a volcano of emotions] at Salón de Plenos in Ayuntamiento de Puerto de la Cruz. The following day, Wednesday, the 15 at 7:00 pm, the last Primavera Violeta talk will be held at Sociedad Cultural Liceo de Taoro, in La Orotava. Its title is “La imagen de lo invisible en el reflejo de las tres mujeres que inspiraron a Verdi ‘La traviata’: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier y Violetta Valéry” [The image of the invisible reflects on the three women who inspired Verdi’s The Traviata: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier and Violetta Valéry].

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The activity, fostered by the Cabildo and the University of La Laguna, tis taking place tomorrow, the 11th at 6:30 pm

At 6:30 pm tomorrow, Primavera Violeta is offering a meeting with Eva Palomo, lecturer at  Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She Will talk about women’s suffrage in early 20th century Spain. This talk is fostered by the Cabildo, through Ópera de Tenerife- and the University of La Laguna -through Institute on Women Studies, Pedro Cabrera cultural forum and the vice-chancellor office for Relationships with the Community, which aims at training for gender equality values through culture.

It is taking place at Salón de Grados of the Philosophy section at Faculty of Humanities of La Laguna University. For one hour, Eva Palomo will talk about the struggle for women’s vote in early 20th century Spain with a paper entitled El sufragismo y su entorno. Presencia y reivindicación feminista a comienzos del siglo XX. [Suffrage and its environment. Feminist Presence and Demands in the early 20th century].

This talk Will be followed by three other events to be held in different venues on the island. Talks include Las vanguardias tienen nombre de mujer; [Avant-garde is a woman’s name]; Ciencia y género. Ellas toman la palabra [Science and Gender. Women take the floor] and finally, La imagen de lo invisible en el reflejo de las tres mujeres que inspiraron a Verdi La traviata: Alphinsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier y Violetta Valéry. [The image of the invisible reflects on the three women who inspired Verdi’s The Traviata: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier and Violetta Valéry]. Admission to all the Primavera Violeta activities is free.

The programme of Primavera Violeta closes with the performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s The Traviata, which is travelling to two municipalities on the island. It will be put on at Magma Arte & Congresos, in Adeje, on 11 and 12 May and in the grounds of former Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz on 18 and 19 May. This new production, which is entirely made on the island, is part of Ópera Pocket, an Ópera de Tenerife’s initiative.

Ópera Pocket is a project by Ópera de Tenerife and follows the cultural lines of the Cabildo’s Tenerife 2030 strategy, which aims at bringing opera to new audiences by putting it on at different venues across the island.

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