‘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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Screening of Camille
TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
25 April | 20:00 h
- Espectáculo relacionado: DON CARLO (VERDI)
Ópera de Tenerife opens the 2018 opera programme with Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo, to be performed in the Concert Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife on 10, 14 and 17 March at 19:30.
The island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero, attended the presentation of the opera along with the Vice-councillor for Culture and Sport of the Government of the Canary Islands, Aurelio González; the intendant of Ópera de Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante, and the lead singers of this historical drama, José Bros and Yolanda Auyanet, who will play the roles of Don Carlo and Isabel de Valois, respectively.
José Luis Rivero stated that “this is a great opera production, which is the result of the international collaboration of Ópera de Tenerife, which means it is a high quality cultural product backed by the work of local, national and international professionals”, to then go on to encourage people to come to Auditorio de Tenerife “so that you can have a brief break and connect with culture through music”.
In Alejandro Abrante’s opinion, this is “a very good production that is performed in Tenerife for the first time in 30 years. The audience can enjoy costume and stage design that faithfully captures the atmosphere of recollection that prevailed in the court of Felipe II”. “Cesare Lievi’s stage management, set in the marble tomb of Emperor Charles V, is inspired in the spirituality of the Spanish Golden Age, taking as a reference Saint Teresa of Ávila or El Greco”, he added.
The Vice-councillor Aurelio González congratulated himself on the quality of this new production to be performed at Auditorio de Tenerife next week and expressed “the intention of the Government of the Canary Islands to reinforce the internationalization of Ópera de Tenerife, which is a success for the Canaries and their culture”.
Soprano Yolanda Auyanet, expressed “her happiness to be on the stage of Auditorio de Tenerife once again”, and highlighted “that a great number of people outside the island follow the work done by Ópera de Tenerife”. Her stage partner, tenor José Bros also remarked “he was deeply grateful to be back on the island”, and underlined that “the beautiful feelings to be enjoyed with this opera through the emotions it conveys”.
This co-production with Teatro Regio de Parma and Teatro Carlo Felice from Genoa is one of the great operas of the Italian maestro and tells the dramatic story between King Felipe II and his son, Infante Carlos, who falls in love with the monarch’s third wife, Isabel de Valois. This awkward situation of loyalty and passion is framed by the ecclesiastical power and takes place during the Renaissance, when the House of Habsburg had serious territorial conflicts with Flanders.
Giuseppe Verdi’s composition was first performed in 1867, but deals with issues which are also most relevant today like the struggle between love –both personal and patriotic- and oppression- both political and religious, in the backdrop of fragile territorial balance between the royal houses of Habsburg and Valois. In addition, new religious interpretations emerged which led to frictions between the established theocratic order and the secession process in Flanders.
As part of the Purple Spring Scheme, Cabildo de Tenerife, through Ópera de Tenerife, has arranged a masterclass in song performing to be delivered by the vice-president of the AsLiCo Association and the Teatro Sociale di Como, Giovanna Lomazzi. The masterclass will take place on 13 and 14 March from 10:00 to 14:00 in the Sala Puerto at Auditorio de Tenerife, and you can take part either as:
Active participant: 10 places. You can sign up via our e-mail address. Enrolment deadline: 06 March at 23:59
Listener: admission free while seats are available
Both systems are free of charge.
Milanese Giovanna Lomazzi has worked in different music institutions where she has held high level executive positions in different departments including press office, public relations and artistic management. Since 2000 she has been the vice-president of the AsLiCo Association and the Teatro Sociale di Como, the institution which organizes the competition for young European singers, the oldest and most important contest in Europe that will be held for the 70th time next year. In the opera world she is considered to be a young artists’ talent spotter.
Cabildo de Tenerife is fostering, through Ópera de Tenerife in collaboration with Instituto Universitario de Estudios de las Mujeres of La Laguna University and the Cátedra Cultural Pedro García Cabrera of La Laguna University, an interdisciplinary programme of activities called “Purple Spring” whose aim is to teach gender equality values through culture.
Between March and June, a series of conferences, master classes and video-forums will take place around Verdi’s opera La Traviata, dealing with social issues, androcentric culture and musical expression from the 19th century to the present day.
Master class: 13 & 14 March | From 10:00 to 14:00 h
Auditorio de Tenerife | Sala Puerto
Song performing in the world of Verdi.
Deadline extended until April 30th at 11:59 a.m | Scholarship extended to 2,000 €
The Cabildo de Tenerife, through Auditorio de Tenerife, has published the call to participate in the comprehensive training academy for young singers Opera (e) Studio, which will stage during the month of October 2018, L'Italiana en Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), title chosen by its director, Giulio Zappa, to showcase the work developed by the participants of the next edition and which, as is usual, will inaugurate the lyrical season of Tenerife.
A team of professionals will work with the participants between September until the production of the opera that will end with four performances, from 25 to 28 October, at the Auditorio de Tenerife. L'Italiana in Algeri will also be performed by the same cast of artists at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in seven performances, between April 6 and 13, 2019.
The bases are available on the website of the Auditorio de Tenerife, and are open to singers born after January 1, 1986. The required documentation must be sent to the Opera(e)Studio Department before12:00 noon on April 25, 2018. The project includes three auditions that will take place at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Bologna) on May 6, 7 and 8; at the Escuela Superior de Canto (Madrid) on May 10 and 11; and at the Auditorio de Tenerife on May 13.
Singers may audition for more than one role, having to interpret the works, both the arias and the recitative parts, from memory. The works required for the six roles of this edition are: Isabella (mezzo-soprano or contralto); arias 'Cruel sorte!' and 'Per lui che adore' and the recitativo-aria 'Amici in ogni evento ... Pensa alla patria' . Lindoro (tenor): arias 'Languir per una bella' and 'Oh come il cor di giubilo' and the duet with Mustafa 'It inclinessi to ignite moglie'. Mustafa (bass or bass-baritone): the introduction 'Delle donne l'arroganza', the recitative 'Già d'insolito ardore', the aria 'Elvira, adesso con l'italian' and the quartet 'Andate alla malora'. Taddeo (baritone, bass-baritone or bass): the duet with Isabella 'Ai capricci della sorte' and the aria 'Ho a great peso'. Haly (bass, bass-baritone or baritone): the recitative and aria 'Le femmine d'Italia' and in the case of Elvira (soprano): two arias of free choice, one of them must be by Rossini and containing at least one recitative.
Empowering young talent
The Opera (e) Studio Academy, created by Ópera de Tenerife in 2013, was born with the intention of empowering young talent through a comprehensive artistic perfection. Over the past five editions, 610 people from 13 nationalities from different countries in Europe, America and Asia have participated in the auditions. Under the direction of maestro Giulio Zappa, this project promotes the professional development of emerging young artists who have recently finished their academic studies, creating a novel company.
The young participants will initiate their training process with an extensive connection to the world of bel canto, addressing all the disciplines that the lyrical genre covers, from the musical aspects to the scenic ones. In addition, the different human relationships within the different areas of the opera will be explored among singers, pianists, conductors, orchestra, directors, stagehands, seamstresses, make-up artists and set designers.
This Ópera de Tenerife project was created with the objective of disseminating the work that is done on our Island, not only from an artistic point of view, but also to bring the value of the stage sets and production built at Auditorio de Tenerife to light. Furthermore, the employability of the professionals from the Canaries is also promoted by their presence in a highly specialized sector with an important projection abroad.
Rules and Regulations:
Ópera de Tenerife organisers have decided that Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers is the opera the singers of the sixth Opera (e)Studio will perform. The details of this production were presented to the Director of Culture and Education, José Luis Rivero, on Wednesday, 10 by the stage director Giorgia Guerra.
Guerra, who has collaborated with previous Ópera de Tenerife seasons, explained that “Rossini discusses himself, this piece is like a picture of his soul, it’s comical, visual…it has it all. It’s a kind story with a happy end” to then add “characters are immersed in a comical surreal atmosphere set in a spa of the 80s Algiers, with an amusing colourful wardrobe”.
Apart from the stage director, the meeting with the Director of Culture was also attended by the intendant of Ópera de Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante, stage designer Mónica Bernardi and wardrobe designer Lorena Martín.
José Luis Rivero considers the proposal to “be a new collaboration with Giorgia Guerra”, who was involved in the productions of The Fairy Queen (2013), Don Quixote (2014) or Werther (2016); he also pointed out that “Opera (e)Studio is a fundamental part of the Ópera de Tenerife season”. The Director of Culture stressed that “the artistic team is made up of women, following Auditorio de Tenerife’s policy on gender equality”.
Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers is the debut in Ópera de Tenerife of Nikolas Naegele, current conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The four performances will be on stage from 25 to 28 October at the Concert Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife. In the first five years their shows included Cosí fan tutte, Cinderella, Fígaro’s Weddings, Don Pasquale and Capuletos y Montescos.
Ópera de Tenerife set up the Opera (e)Studio Academy in 2013 with the aim to boost young talents through comprehensive artistic improvement. It has its permanent venue at Auditorio de Tenerife and is directed by maestro Giulio Zappa. The project fosters the professional development of young artists who have just finished their academic studies or are at the very beginning of their careers.
The 2017/2018 season comes with a strong romantic feeling focused on the figure of Giuseppe Verdi. The Tutto Verdi* promotion makes it easy for you to enjoy this immortal musician. Tutto Verdi offers a 15% discount on the ticket for Don Carlo when you buy a seat for La Traviata.
La Traviata is a chance to discover bel canto in a new format: Opera Pocket by Ópera de Tenerife is an itinerant project that will tour several Island municipalities, starting off at the Paraninfo in La Laguna University from 31 May to 3 June. This is a great chance to enjoy an Auditorio de Tenerife show directed by Alejandro Abrante, with Jorge Cabrera as stage designer, Javier Caraballero in charge of wardrobe design and Miguel Ponce as lighting designer, under the musical direction of maestro Alessandro Palumbo. La Traviata is a theatre adaptation of Le Dame aux Camélias (Camille) by Alejandro Dumas, which was a scandal when it was first performed as the heroine is a lady of a heroic free mind; it also portrayed the society of the time just as it actually was. The tragic love story between courtesan Violetta and the young bourgeois Alfredo set against the backdrop of social criticism.
Don Carlo is the first opera scheduled to be performed at Auditorio de Tenerife in 2018. A co-production with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Carlo Felice, it will be in the Concert Hall on 10, 14 and 17 March, under the baton of Jader Bignamini, with Cesare Lievi in charge of stage direction plus stage and wardrobe designer Maurizio Balò; Andrea Borelli takes care of the lighting design. It was premiered in 1867 and is based on the drama Dom Karlos, Infant Von Spanien by Schiller. The author portrays the complex relationship between king Felipe II and his son Carlos, who falls in love with Isabel de Valois. A show portraying jealousy, betrayal and values like freedom, friendship and love.
Tutto Verdi, don’t miss this wonderful chance.
*Promo valid only at the box office or online booking. Cannot be combined with other promotions. The discount will apply when buying tickets for La Traviata and Don Carlo at the same time.