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Cimarosa's amusing opera will be performed from 18 to 21 March 2021.

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. Tomorrow 17th of February, tickets go on sale to enjoy  Il matrimonio segreto, the new proposal of Opera Tenerife. From 18 to 21 March 2021, the eighth edition's singers of Opera (e)Studio will take the stage at the Symphonic Hall to perform this opera buffa by Domenico Cimarosa.

‘Il matrimonio segreto’ is a co-production driven by Auditorio de Tenerife together with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. The musical direction of this artistic proposal will be provided by Davide Levi, in charge of the OST (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) while Roberto Catalano will be on charge of the stage management. The rest of the team is completed by the set designer Emanuele Sinisi, the costume designer Ilaria Ariemme and the lighting designer Fiammetta Baldiserri.

This opera is a dramma giocoso in two acts with music by Domenico Cimarosa, on a libretto by Giovanni Bertati and based on the play “The Clandestine Marriage by George Colman the Elder and David Garrick. The Italian premiere of the opera was given at the Hofburgtheater of Vienna on the 7th February 1792 before the Leopold II. The emperor liked the performance so much that, after inviting the whole company to dinner, he asked for a complete encore of the opera. 

It is one of Cimarosa's most interesting and best-known pieces, a clear example of opera buffa from the 18thcentury. The plot is full of impossible situations, disguises and happy endings, where a wealthy merchant, eager to move up the social ladder, seeks to marry off his two daughters to noblemen. However, the businessman is unaware that one of his daughters has secretly married one of his employees. This impending conflict is spiced up with particularly original music, which stylistically falls somewhere between Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. The stage manager and his team set the whole plot in New York in the 1950s.

The cast comprises twelve singers that participate in the current Opera (e)Studio's edition, an education academy directed by Giulio Zappa that is aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. The young artists have been selected from 195 candidates of 36 nationalities. They have already spent three weeks on the island where they receive intensive training in singing and acting. The singers, who are aged between 22 and 31, will form two casts each comprised of six roles of ‘Il matrimonio segreto’.

Both basses Ignas Melnikas, Lithuanian, and Francesco Leone, Italian, will play Geronimo. Both Italian sopranos Eleonara Nota and Marilena Ruta will play the role of Elisetta. Both sopranos, Giulia Mazzola, Italian, and Veronika Seghers, German, will play the role of Carolina. Fidalma will be played by both mezzo-sopranos Mara Gaudenzi, Italian, and Claire Gascoin, French. Both baritones, the Spaniard Jan Antem and the Chilean Ramiro Maturana have been chosen for the role of the Count Robinson, while both tenors Bekir Serbest, Turkish, and Antonio Mandrillo, Italian, will play the role of Paolino.

This programme for young artists is aimed at offering highly specialised training on international lyrical scene, and acts as a showcase and springboard for many of them. Opera (e)Studio also provides visibility for the technical production work of Auditorio de Tenerife. The Auditorium obtained both in 2019 and 2020 the recognition of the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which reflects development, sustainability, job creation and training.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by phone dialling 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. They can also be obtained by prior appointment at the box office and at the same opening hours. Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us  or by dialling 922 568 625. Those telephone lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. Ticket sales close two hours before the show starts to finish setting up the hall and to offer a completely safe experience.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

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The twelve singers, who are starting their specialised training, were welcomed by the island´s director of Culture, Alejandro Krawietz

 

The eighth edition of Opera (e)Studio got underway today at Auditorio de Tenerife. During the launch event, the twelve singers who are starring in this year´s edition for specialised training, were welcomed by the island´s director of Culture for the Council of Tenerife, Alejandro Krawietz; the artistic director of the Auditorium, José Luis Rivero, and the director of Opera (e)Studio, Giulio Zappa.

Krawietz welcomed the singers to the island and explained to them that “Opera (e)Studio is an extremely important project for the Council of Tenerife. I imagine it is for you too”. He hoped they would remember this experience “as an interesting stage of their professional trajectory” and that over these two months they would also “find time to enjoy the island”.

José Luis Rivero pointed out that “we are really delighted to be staging Il matrimonio segreto at such a difficult time; it is a great responsibility for everyone. You have been selected from among many hopefuls and that is why I am congratulating you; I wish you lots of luck and lots of work”. 

Giulio Zappa, director of Opera (e)Studio, reviewed the working process that the singers will undertake during their stay and emphasised the difficult current circumstances. He asked the singers to “strictly adhere to the safety protocols". “From today, we begin working and I am completely at your disposal”.

The young people, chosen from 195 hopefuls, will spend two months of intensive training on the island, during which they will receive classes from professionals in the sector to prepare their roles in the opera Il matrimonio segreto, a co-production by Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

The singers, who are aged between 22 and 31, will form two casts each comprised of six roles, of Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. From 18th to 21st March, this opera will première at the Auditorium´s Symphony Hall in four performances. 

Both basses Ignas Melnikas, Lithuanian, and Francesco Leone, Italian, will play Geronimo. Both Italian sopranos Eleonara Nota and Marilena Ruta will play the role of Elisetta. Both sopranos, Giulia Mazzola, Italian, and Veronika Seghers, German, will be Carolina. Fidalma will be played by both mezzo-sopranos Mara Gaudenzi, Italian, and Claire Gascoin, French. The Spaniard Jan Antem and the Chilean Ramiro Maturana have been chosen for the role of Conte Robinson, baritones, while both tenors Bekir Serbest, Turkish, and Antonio Mandrillo, Italian, will play the role of Paolino.

The musical direction of this artistic proposal is provided by Davide Levi, in charge of the OST (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) and Roberto Catalano is responsible for stage management. The rest of the team is completed by the set designer Emanuele Sinisi, the costume designer Ilaria Ariemme and the lighting designer Fiammetta Baldiserri.

This programme for young artists is aimed at offering highly specialised training on the international lyrical scene, and acts as a showcase and springboard for many of them. Opera (e)Studio also provides visibility for the technical production work of Auditorio de Tenerife. The Auditorium obtained in 2019 and 2020 the recognition of the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which reflects development, sustainability, job creation and training.

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On the 22nd and the 23rd, the singer and the pianist Juan Francisco Parra will present the piece by Jean Cocteau and music by Francis Poulenc

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt hat is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On January 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 pm, the Chamber Hall of the Auditorium welcomes the opera in one act entitled La voz humana ("The Human Voice"). Soprano Carmen Acosta and pianist Juan Francisco Parra will breathe life, under the direction of Víctor Manuel Dogar, into the piece by Jean Cocteau released in 1959, featuring music by Francis Poulenc.

Both Canarian artists will bring this opera by the French poet to life on stage – a monologue he wrote with the cadence and musicality of the greatest possible tragedy: knowing that you are despised by the being that you love, thrown into a miserable survival and forced to live with anonymous and close beings for whom you feel no affection. The protagonist is a lonely woman faced with the misfortune of heartbreak, of betrayal, of the vertiginous descent into hell as she finds herself marginalised – the victim of a tragedy.

The poet's verses were joined with the music of Poulenc to breathe life into La voz humana ("The Human Voice"), based on the 1930 play of the same name, and turn it into a masterful one-act opera for a single character. In this production, the costume and set design are by Yaiza Pinillos, while the lighting is thanks to Aaron S. Ramos. This is a production by Vector de Ideas.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  and by phone dialling 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show to finish setting up the hall and to offer a completely safe experience.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of  masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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Twelve young singers will take part in the eighth Opera (e)Studio

 

Ópera de Tenerife has chosen the twelve singers who will participate in the eighth Opera (e)Studio, following the selection of the programme’s artistic director Giulio Zappa from 195 candidates from 36 countries. The young singers will reach the Island on 28 January to start their intense comprehensive training  that will end with the performance of Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, from 18 to 21 March at the Sala Sinfónica of the Auditorio de Tenerife, a venue under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga.

Geronimo will be played by Lithuanian  Ignas Melnikas  and Italian Francesco Leone; the Italian  singers Eleonara Nota and Marilena Ruta sing the role of ElisettaItalian Giulia Mazzola and German Veronika Seghers will play CarolinaFidalma is to be performed by Italian Mara Gaudenzi and French Claire GascoinCatalan singer Jan Antem and Chilean Ramiro Maturana have been chosen for the part of Conte Robinson, while Turkish Bekir Serbest and Italian Antonio Mandrillo will play the role of Paolino.

Il matrimonio segreto is one of the most interesting and best-known operas of Cimarosa, a clear example of 18th century opera buffa. The plot is full of impossible situations, disguises, and a happy end: A rich merchant wishing to climb up the social ladder tries to marry his two daughters to members of the aristocracy. But he ignores that one of his daughters has secretly married one of his employees. 

This opera by Cimarosa has six roles that will be played by the twelve singers in the four performances of this co-production between Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. The music director for this show is Davide Levi while Roberto Catalano is the stage director. 

The singers, whose age range from 22 year-old Seghers to Serbest, who is 31, will have several master classes on the island by director Giulio Zappa, soprano Mariella Devia and stage director Silvia Paoli.

Opera (e)Studio is a programme Ópera de Tenerife set up in 2013 with the aim of boosting young talents through comprehensive artistic improvement. Its permanent base is at Auditorio de Tenerife and in the previous years they staged Così fan tutte (2013), La Cenerentola (2014), Le nozze di Figaro (2015), Don Pasquale (2016), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2017), L’italiana in Algeri (2018) and L’elisir d’amore (2019).

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The show, to take place on Saturday, features Italian music director Sesto Quatrini leading Sinfónica de Tenerife

 

Auditorio de Tenerife, under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, presents the Opera Gala, Ópera de Tenerife’s third title in the 2020/2021 season. The show, which is taking place on Saturday, the 12th at 7:30 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica features tenor José Bros, soprano Raquel Lojendio and mezzo soprano María José Montiel.

The councillor of Culture revealed the details of the gala along with the singers and Sesto Quatrini, who is to lead the Sinfónica de Tenerife. Arriaga announced that “tickets are sold out” and pointed out that “Auditorio de Tenerife is one of the few international theatres to keep active, offering a fully safe cultural programme, as this third opera title will show”.

José Bros stated that “it’s a pleasure to be in Tenerife with this wonderful crew who works to make sure everything meets the highest standards”. “I thank the work of those who don’t get to be seen, especially our stage manager, who looks after us more than ever to make sure rehearsals are safe; we must be prudent and do our part too”. Lastly, he asked for the audience’s support, “I am myself a consumer of culture and have not stopped going to the theatre”. Bros said goodbye revealing that “the gala is going to be full of great emotions, a balm for the soul of every spectator”.

Tenerife-born Raquel Lojendio is “delighted to be back on my island to sing”. As an artist, Lojendio explained that “an open theatre in the current circumstances means that there is intelligence and sensitivity behind it and Auditorio de Tenerife proves that it can be done”. That is why she asks for the audience’s support because “What can be better than filling our time with beauty?”.

María José Montiel is delighted to be at Ópera de Tenerife for the first time, as her engagements have made it impossible up till now; she feels at ease with the other singers: “We’ve sung together many times”. The mezzo soprano, who sang at the Auditorio fifteen years ago in a festival, said that “this is a time to defend culture because we just can’t remain in darkness: we’ve all fed on culture during this period, be it a book, a TV series or online concerts”.

The musical director was grateful for being at Ópera de Tenerife, a presence that was forged two years ago with a project that had to be postponed. Quatrini talked about the programme, “where Donizetti and Puccini feature prominently”. “Although opera emerged in Italy, it’s a European product and we must support it”, Quatrini explained. He also shared that his agent died from COVID-19 last March, something that has deeply affected him. “My only wish is that we go back to normal soon and that theatres can be full of people again”, the maestro said, to then add that “theatres are safe places, more than a shopping centre or even our homes”.

The repertoire includes arias of L’elisir d’amoreLa bohémeCarmen or La traviata, created by composers like Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet and Giuseppe Verdi, among others.

The Sinfónica will open the gala with Donizetti’s Sinfonia de Don Pasquale. It will then be the time for the singers, who will first sing solo. Bros will interpret the famous aria Una furtiva lagrima of L'elisir d'amore, again by Donizetti; then Lojendio will sing Quando men vo of Puccini’s La bohème, and O mio Fernando of La favorita, by Donizetti in Montiel’s voice.

The programme continues with Donna reale... Un lampo, un lampo orribile by Roberto Devereux, Donizetti; Intermezzo of Suor Angelica, Puccini; Viens, Mallika... Sous le dôme épais of Lakmé, Delibes; Preludio acto III of Edgar, Puccini; È la solita storia del pastore of L’arlesiana, Cilea; PreludioL'abbandono and La tregenda de Le Villi, Puccini; Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix de Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns; Ecco: respiro appena… Io son l’umile ancella” of Adriana Lecouvreur, Cilea; C’est toi, c’est moi of Carmen, Bizet; and Libiam ne’ lieti calici of La traviata, Verdi.

On the stage of Sala Sinfónica the musicians, singers and conductor will comply with all the safety measures to give the audience a wonderful show. The superb new acoustic shell at Auditorio de Tenerife, is made of module panels that will reflect the performance of some of the best opera arias towards the audience. 

Audience members are kindly asked to come to Auditorio early enough to enter the theatre gradually. On buying the tickets, users accept the measures implemented at this Cabildo cultural centre to tackle COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask properly and at all times or coming only with people you live with. The full measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website. Both the GastroMag and the car park are open to the public. 

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Auditions, which will be finally held online due to the current situation, will provide the cast for ´Il matrimonio segreto´

 

Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural venue under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, is managing the auditions for the eighth Ópera de Tenerife’s Opera (e)Studio, which will be finally carried out online. A total of 195 singers aged between 20 and 32 of 36 different nationalities aim to join the academy, which this season is putting on Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa, a coproduction led by Auditorio de Tenerife with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

“The selection process is now open. It was very well received and there is a large number of candidates for the cast of this academy”, said the Cabildo’s councillor of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. “Due to Covid restrictions, auditions this year will not be in person but this does not mean a rigorous test calendar cannot be arranged”, said the councillor, who also encouraged all the candidates and wished them luck. 

The singers chosen will start their training in January at this comprehensive training academy for young artists that is directed by Giulio Zappa. This time they will perform Il matrimonio segreto in Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica on 18, 19, 20 and 21 March 2021. Twelve singers will be chosen for six different roles as there are two casts (two artists per role) each performing twice. 

Sopranos enter for the role of Carolina and Elisetta: 77 have registered for Carolina, 28 of whom also aspire to the role of Elisetta, while 54 singers entered for the part of Elisseta, with again 28 of them also auditioning for Carolina. A total of 29 mezzo sopranos hope to become Fidalma and 22 tenors would like to be Paolino. Robinson and Geronimo are to be played by bass baritones: 30 men have opted to enter for Robinson, 8 of whom are also auditioning for the role of Geronimo, while 18 hope to play Geronimo, with again 8 auditioning for Robinson too.

This year, most of the candidates are Italian (89 singers), followed by Spaniards (34). French (7), Japanese (7), Chilean (6), Polish (5), Portuguese (5), German (4), North American (3) and Russian (3), among many others.

Il matrimonio segreto will have Davide Levi as musical director to lead Sinfónica de Tenerife, that coproduces with Ópera de Tenerife. As for stage director, Auditorio de Tenerife has proposed Roberto Catalano, who works with stage designer Emanuele Sinisi, costume designer Ilaria Ariemme and lighting designer Fiammetta Baldiserri.

Tests were meant to take place between 11 and 19 May 2020 but the health crisis forced us to postpone them to November and December in Spain (Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Madrid) and Italy (Parma and Palermo). However, due to the current situation we have finally opted for online auditioning with candidates sending a video to the assessment committee.  

When this change was announced the application period was extended, which was an incentive to Latin and North American singers who, under normal circumstances, do not usually come to auditions. So, although live tests cannot be experienced, new opportunities have emerged. Registered candidates must deliver their videos before 15 December 2020. All the information on the process is available on www.operaestudio.eu.

The aim of this programme for young artists is to provide holistic, highly specialized training in international opera singing, acting as showcase and springboard for many of them. Ópera (e)Studio also highlights the Auditorio de Tenerife’s technical production, having been recognised by the European Commission’s Creative Europe scheme, which shows the development, sustainability, job creation and training in 2019 and 2020.

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