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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).

Four performances

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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.



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‘Purple Spring’, which starts tomorrow and continues until June, revolves around ‘La traviata’

The Cabildo, through Ópera de Tenerife, and La Laguna University through University Institute on Women Studies and the Cátedra Cultural Pedro García Cabrera, presented on 12 March Purple Spring, a programme whose aim is to train for gender equality values through culture. The scheme revolves around the opera La traviata, to be performed at the Paraninfo in La Laguna University and in Garachico. Details were explained by the President of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso; the island director for Culture and Education, José Luis Rivero; the director of University Institute on Women Studies, Inmaculada Perdomo, and the intendant of Ópera de Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante.

Carlos Alonso stated that “Purple Spring is an important multidisciplinary scheme that involves a deep process of reflection through culture in general and, specifically, through the opera La traviata, where the main character’s role depicts her disagreement with what society imposes on her”. He also highlighted that this production “takes on the challenges of Tenerife 2030 strategy decentralizing its staging, therefore widening the audience and including more venues”.

José Luis Rivero stressed “the actual importance of women in Ópera de Tenerife, where they are not only present in the artistic teams but also in the management and production areas”, something he highlighted as “constantly seeking to value the talent of women in opera, a traditionally androcentric world”.

Alejandro Abrante expressed his gratitude because “since the beginning, all the institutions involved collaborated closely”, and said that “culture must play an active role in the search for equality”. In this case, “a glance at the recent social-cultural past helps to point the keys toward getting rid of current inequalities”, the intendant added.

To Inmaculada Perdomo, “Purple Spring is a relevant project that will convey to society the keys to building the female world so that equality permeates the community and culture”.

The vice-president of AsLiCo and Teatro Sociale di Como, Giovanna Lomazzi, will give a masterclass entitled Song performing in the world of Verdi on Tuesday, 13 and Wednesday, 14 March. In it she will explain the main keys to both active participants and listeners. It will take place at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife and admission is free.

The lecture programme will be held at different venues between 5 April and 28 May. Six outstanding speakers will deal with cultural, social, philosophical, scientific and literary features of the 19th century. Inmaculada Perdomo is starting the series with a talk entitled Construcción de lo femenino. La naturaleza de las mujeres según la ciencia en el siglo XIX, at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

On 20 April, the same venue welcomes the intendant of Ópera de Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante, whose talk is La imagen de lo invisible en el reflejo de las tres mujeres que inspiraron a Verdi en La Traviata: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier y Violetta Valéry. On 26 April, at the Chamber Music Hall in Auditorio de Tenerife, stage manager Stefania Bonfadelli is presenting Callas revolucionó la interpretación del personaje de Violetta.

Art director at Opera (e)Studio, Giulio Zappa, will talk about Los intríngulis en clave musical de La traviata en teatro verdiano, on 15 May at Aula de Filosofía de la Universidad de La Laguna. Two days later, 17 May, at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes it is writer Laura Freixas’s turn with Mujeres que sufren, cantan, mueren, callan. Una constante cultural: la exaltación del sufrimiento femenino. The last talk is given by the Professor in Philosophy, Fernando Broncano, on 28 May at Aula de Filosofía de la Universidad de La Laguna, with Lo que ignoran los hombres. La representación de la ignorancia voluntaria.

The last activity scheduled in the programme of Purple Spring will take place at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, where the American film Camille (1936), directed by George Cukor and based on the novel by Alejandro Dumas will be screened on 25 April.

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Programme of Lectures [5 April to 28 May] (In Spanish)

1. Construcción de lo femenino. La naturaleza de las mujeres según la ciencia en el siglo XIX
Inmaculada Perdomo. Directora del IUEM. Profesora titular de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia.
Círculo de Bellas Artes de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
5 April | 19:00 h
[Admission free]

2. La imagen de lo invisible en el reflejo de las tres mujeres que inspiraron a Verdi en La Traviata: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier y Violetta Valéry.
Alejandro Abrante. Intendente de Ópera de Tenerife.
Círculo de Bellas Artes de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
20 April | 19:00 h
[Admission free]

3. Callas revolucionó la interpretación del personaje de Violetta
Stefania Bonfadelli. Directora de escena
Auditorio de Tenerife | Sala de Cámara
26 April | 19:30 h
[Admission free]

4. Los intríngulis en clave musical de La Traviata en teatro verdiano
Giulio Zappa. Director artístico de Opera (e)Studio | Ópera de Tenerife.
Universidad de La Laguna | Salón de Grados de la Facultad de Filosofía
15 May | 19:00 h
[Admission free]

5. Mujeres que sufren, cantan, mueren, callan. Una constante cultural: la exaltación del sufrimiento femenino.
Laura Freixas. Escritora
TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes | Sala B
17 May |19:00 h
[Admission free]

6. Lo que ignoran los hombres. La representación de la ignorancia voluntaria.
Fernando Broncano. Catedrático de Filosofía de la Ciencia, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Universidad de La Laguna | Aula de Filosofía
28 May | 19:00 h
[Admission free]

Screening of Camille

TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes

25 April | 20:00 h

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