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At 12 noon, La Casona de San Luis hosts the performance of some of the most outstanding arias of Puccini’s opera repertoire

Ópera de Tenerife, in collaboration with Santa Úrsula Town Council, is giving an opera recital on Sunday, the 10th at 12 noon.  Different pieces by composer Giacomo Puccini’s [Lucca 1858–Bruselas 1924] opera repertoire will be performed. The event is taking place at La Casona de San Luis, located at 5 Camino Antiguo Calvario, in the municipality of Santa Úrsula.

The recital features tenor Alessandro Goldoni and soprano Alexandra Grigoras, who will be accompanied by maestro José Miguel Román. Paolo Montanari, of Ópera de Tenerife production, will be presenting the show.

Different pieces from our next title this season will be performed, like ‘Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì’ (La bohème), ‘O soave fanciulla’ (La bohème), ‘E lucevan le stelle’ (Tosca), ‘O mio babbino caro’ (Gianni Schicchi), ‘Tu che di gel sei cinta’ (Turandot), ‘Nessun dorma’ (Turandot). There will be an aperitif at the end of the show.

This activity, which started last season, aims at spreading the love for opera by giving recitals in different venues across the island of Tenerife. Santa Úrsula is the latest place to be visited by Ópera de Tenerife’s opera tidbits, which have already been held in Puerto de la Cruz, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Güímar and Garachico.

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Cabildo continues its policy of touring the island with Ópera de Tenerife’s season operas. In May, The Traviata will be put on at Magma Arte & Congresos, in Adeje, and in the gardens of the former Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz. The performances take place on the 11th and 12th in the south (Adeje) and on the 18th and 19th in the north (Puerto de la Cruz). The Regional Ministry for Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands and Puerto de la Cruz Town Council collaborate with the Cabildo in this initiative.

The details were revealed today, Friday, 1st by Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero; regional deputy minister for Tourism, Cristóbal de la Rosa; Culture councillor of Puerto de la Cruz, Sandra Rodríguez, and the production stage director Alejandro Abrante.

Rivero explained that “this is the second of the three-year Ópera Pocket performance of this opera; this scheme has three goals: first, it must be a quality local production made entirely in Tenerife; the second goal set out by President Carlos Alonso, is to spread  cultural elements across the island; it’s been a real challenge to devise a way of producing an opera and performing it out of the Auditorio, even in the open air; thirdly, bring opera to new audiences; the best way of doing it is taking opera to places where there is usually no opera following”. In short, the Island director for Culture added that, “we want to bring opera to as many people as possible”.

Cristóbal de la Rosa pointed out that “Magma belongs to the Government of the Canary Islands and the company that runs the venue was very happy to host this great quality product”. The Regional Deputy Minister pointed out that “we want opera to attract both tourists and local people; we want to blend tourist and cultural activities, in order to become a destination-experience”.

Puerto de la Cruz councillor, Sandra Rodríguez, said that “we’re delighted to welcome an opera, especially to the gardens of former Hotel Taoro, a landmark in our municipality”, and added that “it’s a great opportunity to showcase a story like this, with the current feminist spirit”.

Alejandro Abrante said that “it’s been a very exciting project from the start; we’ve been faithful to Verdi’s score”. The stage director stated that “we’ve had the help of La Laguna University and of students of CIFP Las Indias, who have collaborated in making the costumes”. Abrante pointed out that “culture must encourage feminism and remove the male-centred values of society. The Traviata has a lot to say in this regard”.

This Ópera de Tenerife production has been made on the island entirely and will be put on as part of the Ópera Pocket scheme, which follows the cultural lines set out in Cabildo’s Tenerife 2030 strategy, whose aim is to bring opera to new audiences by taking it to different venues across the island. The Traviata was first presented in the 2017-2018 Ópera de Tenerife season, being performed at Paraninfo of La Laguna University and in Garachico.

Alejandro Abrante portrays the atmosphere and the characters Verdi employed to depict the details of a male-centred society. Abrante also looks into this aspect through the psychological features of the three characters Verdi took into account to compose the opera: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier and Violetta Valèry.

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 is the musical director, his fifth time in Ópera de Tenerife after participating in Don Quichotte (Massenet) in 2014; Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck) in 2015, Don Pasquale (Donizetti) in 2016 and The Traviata (Verdi) in 2018. This is his second time leading Orquesta de la Ópera de Tenerife [Ópera de Tenerife Orchestra].

The cast includes Julia Muzychenko (soprano); David Astorga (tenor); Nina Solodovnikova (soprano); Gillén Mungía (tenor); Daniel Terenzi (baritone); Pablo Gálvez (baritone); Christina Campsall (mezzo soprano); Francesco Venuti (baritone); Borja Molina (barítono); Aleksandr Utkin (bass); María José Torres (soprano); Badel Albelo (tenor); Ángel Silva (bajo); Árgel Campos (tenor) and Néstor Suárez (tenor). The production 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 this show will be available shortly at Auditorio de Tenerife box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by telephone, calling 902 317 327.

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Ópera de Tenerife has organised a talk on the stage design work involved in the production of an opera. The meeting with Jorge Cabrera (Ópera de Tenerife’s stage designer, technical director and technical production coordinator) is taking place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, 19th February at Sala Alisios in Auditorio de Tenerife.  Admission is free but registering in advance is required. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating in subject Ópera Fórum and including name and telephone number of the participant.

Ópera Fórum is a new means of communication to bring opera to citizens. This new project aims to explain the ins and outs of opera in different meetings to be held throughout the season where different opera aspects will be dealt with using a holistic approach. These sessions are carried out by different opera professionals and will help to pull down misconceptions and prejudices about opera.

In the first Ópera Fórum talk this season, which took place in December, Ópera de Tenerife’s intendant Alejandro Abrante, talked about the history of opera in the Canary Islands and the buildings for opera on the islands.

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A total of 170 young artists from 33 countries have applied to take part in the 7th  Opera (e)Studio. This is a 50 per cent increase over last year. Auditions are starting on Monday, 4 February in Bologna, and will continue in Tbilisi and Madrid, ending at Auditorio de Tenerife on 16 February.

This year -funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme- the singers chosen to take part in this project, led by Ópera de Tenerife in partnership with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre will put on stage L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti. Artists can compete for more than one role which are divided as follows: Adina and Gianetta, for sopranos; Nemorino, for tenors; Belcore, for baritones and Dulcamara, for baritones or bass.

Over half of the applicants have registered to attend auditions at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, reason why three days have been allowed for them. The tests in Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre (Georgia) are taking place on the 8th and 9th, followed by auditions at Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid on the 11th and ending on the 16th at Auditorio de Tenerife. All the auditions will be supervised by Opera (e)Studio artistic director, Giulio Zappa.

The artists registered come from 33 countries in America, Europe and Asia. Most come from Italy, with 64 candidates followed by Spain, with 24, and Japan with eight. The singers chosen will travel to the Island in early September to get comprehensive professional training on all the disciplines included in the opera genre, from musical to stage aspects. In addition to musical education, Opera (e)Studio pays particular attention to training singers in acting and body language.

The opera L’elisir d’amore will open the next Tenerife opera season in October and will be performed four times at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. In 2020, it will be put on at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre. This show by Ópera de Tenerife has Antonio Méndez as music director, who is the Principal Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, in Tenerife and Bolonga; and Zaza Azmaiparashvii, Principal Conductor of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, in Georgia. Stage design is by stage director Pablo Maritano.

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The Cabildo de Tenerife through Ópera de Tenerife, has opened the call to take part in the seventh  Opera (e)Studio, the academy that offers comprehensive training to young singers. This year it works under the auspices of the European Commission within the Creative Europe programme, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre. The academy for future opera singers will open the next Tenerife opera season with L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, which was chosen by the academy’s director Giulio Zappa, to show the work done by the singers.

The professional team at Ópera de Tenerife will be working with the singers selected from September through to the production of the opera, to be performed four times from 24 to 27 October 2019 at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. The same cast will also perform L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre in 2020. 

Opera (e)Studio will be carrying out auditions in four cities on 4, 5 and 6 February at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, in Bologna, Italy; on 8 & 9 February, at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, in Georgia; on 11, 13 & 14 February, at Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and at Auditorio de Tenerife on 16 February. 

Candidates will have to sing all the arias from memory, including extracts of their role in L’elixir d’amore. Singers can enter for more than one role. The titles requested for the five roles are: Nemorino (tenor) the arias Quanto è bella, quanto è cara and Una furtiva lágrima, the duets Caro elisir, sei mio (up to the Terzetto excluido) and La donna è un animale stravagante davvero; Adina (soprano) the arias Benedette queste carte and Prendi per me sei libero (with full cabaletta) and the duet Come sen va contento; Belcore (baritone) the aria Come Paride vezzoso and the duet La donna è un animale stravagante davvero; Dulcamara (baritone or bass-baritone or bass) the aria Udite, udite, o rustici and the duet  Voglio dire... lo stupendo elisir che desta amore; and Giannetta (soprano) the aria with choir Saria possibile? Possibilissimo.

For further information please see the regulations on Auditorio de Tenerife website here. Any opera singer who was born on or after 1 January 1987 can apply for the auditions. The deadline to receive applications is 20 January 2019 before 12:00 noon. 

This Ópera de Tenerife project was set up to give visibility to the work done on the Island, not just artistically but also stage designing and building as well as local production. Job creation for Canarian professionals is also encouraged by being part of a highly-specialised sector of international scope.

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Ópera de Tenerife puts on Lucia di Lammermoor, the most frequently performed opera by Gaetano Donizetti. A coproduction of Ópera de Tenerife with Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and Fundación Ópera de Oviedo. The second title in the season takes us to one of the most iconic Romantic dramas, Lucia di Lammermoor.

The details were disclosed today, Thursday 15th, by the island director for Culture José Luis Rivero; Ópera de Tenerife intendent, Alejandro Abrante; musical director, Christopher Franklin; stage manager, Nicola Berloffa, and singers Irina Lungu and Celso Albelo, representing a cast that includes Andrei Kymach, Mariano Buccino, David Astorga, Vittoria Vimercatti and Klodjan Kaçani.

In José Luis Rivero’s opinion, “this title is a major turning point for Ópera de Tenerife because it’s a palpable sign of maturity, and shows the artistic and production level achieved, as a result of the work done by the whole team”. “The best operas in the Canaries come from Ópera de Tenerife which are also top level nationally and are very well regarded internationally”, he added to then point out that “Lucia di Lammermoor is an iconic title in Donizetti repertoire and it has great dramatic quality”.

Irina Lungu, who is in Tenerife for the first time, said that “I’m happy to be performing at Auditorio de Tenerife for the first time”. It has great acoustics and a fantastic energy, I feel at ease here; it’s a real discovery and I’d like to thank the professionals at Ópera de Tenerife for treating me so well”. About the role she is performing next week, she highlighted that “every soprano should sing this Lucia because it’s like the beginning of singing, the foundation of it all” and revealed that “this role has two parts: the one written by Donizetti and the cadence given to it by the first performers, which has reached the present through tradition”. Her favourite moment is “madness, where my vocal virtuosity blends with my acting”.

For his part, Celso Albelo admits that “coming back home is an honour and it also involves responsibility: I feel particularly proud because on the Tenerife stage we can now see artists who have opened the present season in great theatres worldwide. Ópera de Tenerife has achieved a lot in very little time.  Their Lucia di Lammermoor gives off musical and stage elegance” and says that Irina Lungu “has one of the most beautiful soprano voices in the present”.

Christopher Franklin is the musical director of this production. This is his first time at Ópera de Tenerife after directing in the main opera houses in the world. Franklin highlighted the quality of Sinfónica de Tenerife. “It’s a fantastic orchestra, virtuous”. About the show next week, he pointed out that “we’re dealing with one of the most difficult repertoires in the world” and believes that “Donizetti wrote high-spirited sounds that have to do with life”.

Stage manager Nicola Berloffa, is back at Ópera de Tenerife after working in Die Zauberflöte (2012 and 2018), Cosí fan tutte (2013) and Carmen (2016), to take us with this Lucia di Lammermoor to late 1940s Scotland at the height of the post-war period. Berloffa points out that “this show is extremely difficult for every stage manager because it’s a masterpiece. One must follow both the libretto and the dramaturg, which cannot be changed.

The libretto is by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the novel The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott, and music by Gaetano Donizetti. The story, by means of vocal virtuosity and a difficult score, introduces us into the mishaps and tribulations of ties of blood and love. This story of conspiracies between two rival families and one single fate was premiered on 26 September 1835 at Teatro San Carlo in Naples.

Costumes, designed by Justin Arienti, who is also making his debut in Ópera de Tenerife, have a simple cut and have a low-key colour scheme, in line with the precarious clothing after the war, although there are references to Scottish culture by using kilts.

Lighting is in the hands of Valerio Tiberi, in Ópera de Tenerife for the first time. The Romantic essence of the drama will be conveyed by the use of chiaroscuros.  Tiberio, teaches lighting design at Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan and has a long career in musical and opera shows.

The show is on Tuesday 20th, Thursday, 22nd and Saturday, 24th at 7:30 pm at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. Tickets for the three performances -Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday- can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com clicking here or calling 902 317 327.

 

Creative Team

Musical Director: Christopher Franklin

Stage Manager: Nicola Berloffa

Stage and Costume Designer: Justin Arienti

Coproduction: Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and Fundación Ópera de Oviedo

Ópera de Tenerife Choir

 Cast  

Lucía (soprano)

Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood(tenor)

Irina Lungu

Celso Albelo

Lord Enrico Ashton (baritone

Andrei Kymach

Raimondo Bidebent(bass)

Mariano Buccino

Lord Arturo Buklaw (tenor)

David Astorga

Alisa (mezzosoprano)

Normanno (tenor)

Vittoria Vimercati

Klodjan Kaçani

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