The Cabildo de Tenerife, through Ópera de Tenerife, has opened its call for entries to the 5th Ópera de Tenerife International Singing Competition, to be held at Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín from 1 to 4 July. The competition closes with an award-winners concert on 5 July.
All singers who were born on or after 1 January 1978, can take part in the competition whose aim is to help them achieve a higher level and a more successful career. The rules are published on the Auditorio website https://auditoriodetenerife.com/es/audiciones. Entries must reach us no later than 24 June 2018.
This year we are introducing a new prize: the “María Orán Award” for best zarzuela aria performance, a tribute Ópera de Tenerife pays to the memory of the Tenerife soprano. The winner will be given the opportunity to play a role in one of the zarzuela season titles, in accordance with the specific needs of each title and vocal and stage suitability.
The winners will be awarded prizes of 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 Euros respectively; there will also be an honorary Audience Extraordinary Award. The audience can thus vote for any of the singers taking part in the final, regardless of their having received any other award.
Participants must choose five arias to perform and if they also enter the Maria Orán Award competition, they have to prepare two arias from the zarzuela repertoire. Arias will be sung from memory and the selected programme cannot be changed once the Competition Organizing Committee accepts it. The call is open to the following types of voice: soprano, mezzosoprano, contralto, counter-tenor, tenor, baritone or bass.
The rules of the competition establish a qualifying phase on 1 and 2 July. The semi-final takes place on 3 July and on 4 July, the finalists will sing an opera aria chosen by the jury in addition to a zarzuela aria, if they are also competing for the María Orán Award. The winners will offer a concert on Thursday, 5 July where they will be accompanied by maestro Dario Tondelli.
All the members of the jury have a solid artistic and technical reputation. This year we can count on the collaboration of nine international professionals thanks to Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) [Spanish Cultural Action] and their aid through the Programme for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the Visitors category. The jury will be chaired by As.li.co, vice-president Giovanna Lomazzi. The casting manager and musical director assistant of Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Alessandro Di Gloria; the artistic director of the Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza, Cristina Ferrari; the general manager of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fulvio Macciardi; the stage manager and artistic production manager of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Pablo Maritano; the artistic programming manager of Teatro Regio di Parma, Cristiano Sandri; the artistic manager of the Young Artists Opera Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre, Dmitry Vdovin; the member of the Society for the promotion of Chinese Traditional Culture, Qing Xu; and Italian pianist, Darío Tondelli.
The following will also be members of the jury: Martin Boschet, executive manager of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; Javier Menéndez, general and artistic director of Ópera de Oviedo; Hein Mulders, intendant of Theater und Philharmonie Essen; and the artistic director of Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Christina Scheppelmann.”
Giulio Zappa, director of Opera (e)Studio, has announced the 13 singers that make up the 6th year of this academic project included in the Ópera de Tenerife season. Italy and Russia, with three singers each, head the list which also includes singers from Germany, Chile, Spain, China, Costa Rica, Mexico and Australia. They were picked from 113 candidates who went to the auditions held in Bologna, Madrid and Tenerife in May.
The singers chosen are Maria Ostroukhova (Russia), Milos Bulajic (Germany), Matías Moncada Albarrán (Chile), Gianni Giuga (Italy), Francesco Samuele Venuti (Italy), Inés Lorans Millán (Spain), Sophie Burns (Australia), Vittoria Vimercati (Italy), Li Biao (China), Aleksandr Utkin (Russia), William Alonso Hernández (Costa Rica), Esteban Sebastián Baltazar (Mexico) and Anna Kabrera Eliseeva (Russia).
These singers will arrive in Tenerife in the first week of September to start the process of comprehensive artistic improvement supervised by Giulio Zappa. Their training will lead to four performances of The Italian in Algiers to take place at the Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife from 25 to 28 October.
The singers will be divided into two casts who will perform twice, except for Australian Sophie Burns, who will be present in all four performances in the role of Zulma.
The Italian in Algiers opens the 2018-2019 season and will bring the debut in Ópera de Tenerife of Maximilian Nägele, current Kappelmeister at Deustche Oper Berlin. This new coproduction of Auditorio de Tenerife with Teatro Comunale di Bologna has Giorgia Guerra as stage manager. It is set in the 1980s in the surreal atmosphere of a spa in Algiers, in addition to colourful costume from that period.
Philosopher Fernando Broncano will be talking about the story of the two lovers in Alexander Dumas’s novel Camille on Monday, 28 at 7:00 pm at Salón de Grados de Filosofía. With the aim of looking into the cultural keys of romantic love, the expert is giving the last talk included in “Purple Spring”, a scheme by the Cabildo and the University of La Laguna built around The Traviata, which encourages the development of equality values through culture.
Broncano’s talk is entitled “What men ignore. Camille and opacity in affective spaces”, thus disclosing the limits of our ideas on love and affective relationships. The works by Dumas and Verdi are valuable documents portraying the distortion of affection. They are both an insight on social blindness and how feelings are shaped by other forms of social existence. Admission is free.
Fernando Broncano (Salamanca, 1954) is Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at Carlos III University in Madrid. His work focuses on the notion of rationality in theoretical, epistemic and practical terms, offering conceptual and critical diagnosis on culture, science and contemporary society.
This is the last conference in the “Purple Spring” cultural series, a collaboration between Ópera de Tenerife, the University Institute of Women’s Studies (IUEM), and Pedro García Cabrera Cultural Chair. The scheme included a programme of multidisciplinary talks dealing with gender equality, which took as reference the opera The Traviata, an Auditorio de Tenerife production to be performed from 31 May to 3 June at Paraninfo in La Laguna University. On 9 and 10 June, it is on in Garachico.
The director of IUEM, Inmaculada Perdomo; the programme included the following speakers: the intendent of Ópera de Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante; stage manager Stefania Bonfadelli; Opera (e)Studio director, Giulio Zappa, and writer Laura Freixas.
Coinciding with the next production of Auditorio de Tenerife, The traviata, the exhibition “Virtudes públicas, vicios ocultos” [Public Virtues, Hidden Vices], opened at La Laguna University Paraninfo yesterday afternoon [Thursday, 10]. In it visitors can learn about the creative process of this opera, the 6th show in the current Ópera de Tenerife season. It is on until 3 June and can be visited Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The presentation was attended by the vice-chancellor of the University, Antonio Martinón; the deputy vice-chancellor for Relations with Society, Francisco García; the Island Director for Culture, Education, and Artistic Units of Cabildo de Tenerife, José Luis Rivero; and the intendant of Ópera de Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante.
The 10 panels with 65 images and 4 text panels offer an enjoyable way of seeing the preliminary meetings that gave rise to the project; the details of the stage design; the work done by the tailoring and make up departments, and even the first costume fittings or a selection of accessories to shape a production that is now opening to new venues without losing the essence of a major production. The exhibition includes two lady costumes made by the tailoring department of Auditorio de Tenerife.
To set up the exhibition, the Cabildo’s Ópera de Tenerife had the collaboration of the University of La Laguna, the University Institute of Women’s Studies, Pedro García Cabrera Cultural Chair, the Faculty of Philosophy of La Laguna University, the CIFP Las Indias of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and, Garachico Town Council..be
The story of Margarita Gautier, one of the women who inspired Giuseppe Verdi in his composition of La Traviata, is the plot of the feature film Camille (1936), directed by George Cuckor and starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. It will be screened on 25 April at 8:00 pm at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes in English with Spanish subtitles. Admission is free. Tickets can be collected from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at TEA box office in calle San Sebastián, 10.
The film, based on the 19th century literary classic La Dame aux Camélias (Camille) by Alejandro Dumas, portrays the life of a courtesan in 1847 Paris, where in an atmosphere full of playful luxurious evenings, evil men do as they please with women. Margarita Gautier must choose between the young man who loves her and the insensitive baron who desires her, even when she starts having health issues.
The screening is part of the programme Purple Spring a joint initiative of Cabildo de Tenerife and La Laguna University -through Ópera de Tenerife, Instituto Universitario de Estudios de las Mujeres and Cátedra Cultural Pedro García Cabrera- which is related to the upcoming production of La traviata by Ópera de Tenerife. As part of the itinerant scheme Ópera Pocket, it will be put on at Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna between 31 May and 3 June as well as at Glorieta de San Francisco in Garachico, on 9 and 10 June.
The aim of Purple Spring is to provide training for gender equality values through culture. It includes an interdisciplinary programme of cultural activities until June. It will also offer a series of talks approaching different cultural, social and philosophical issues from different professional points of view.
Ópera de Tenerife goes on with their activities to spread the world of opera through their learning initiative Ópera en Ruta. This time it is focusing on The Magic Flute, that will be performed next at Auditorio de Tenerife. This cultural tour includes seven new talks in April. They are free of charge and show audiences the main features of the next opera being put on.
Tomás Iriarte Library, in Puerto de la Cruz, is hosting the first talk on Thursday 5 April at 7:00 pm. On 12 April, Güímar at 6:00 pm; a day later, the talk will be in Candelaria at 7:00 pm; on 17 April at 5:30 pm in Garachico. On 23 April the venue chosen is Adrián Alemán de Armas Library in La Laguna at 7:00 pm; 25 April at noon there will be two sessions at the IES Villa de Arico library; the following day, 26 April at 5:30 pm in Arafo. The last talk is taking place on 27 April in Tabaiba, El Rosario, at 6:30 pm;
In sixty minutes, the host of these talks, Iván Morales, will deal with the historical period the opera was written in, talk about the life of W.A Mozart, in addition to explaining the structure of The Magic Flute and its main anecdotes. He will also refer to recurrent misleading myths about opera and give information onthe different systems available to buy tickets at Auditorio de Tenerife or the new types of packages.
A total of 350 people have attended these talks, which started last October, at different public libraries across the island. The talks are always related to the operas being performed at Auditorio de Tenerife, which this season include Capuletti e Montecchi, Fausto and Don Carlo.
The Magic Flute will be performed in the Ópera en Familia format on 28 and 29 April at the Concert Hall at 6:00 pm and 12:00 noon respectively. This revival of an Auditorio de Tenerife production has Rubén Díez as musical director. Stage management is by Nicola Berloffa, who was recently awarded with the ‘Throphées de l´anne 2017’ of the digital publication Forum Opera.