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Puerto de la Cruz Town Council is hosting a talk by Alejandro Abrante about this opera, to be put on next weekend

Ópera de Tenerife’s intendant, Alejandro Abrante, is giving a talk about The Traviata at 7:00 pm on Tuesday the 14th in the Salón de Plenos of Puerto de la Cruz Town Hall.  During the talk, Abrante will explain the artistic process involved in staging one of Giuseppe Verdi’s best-known operas. Admission is free.

The talk is one of the parallel activities related to this production which is on next weekend in the grounds of the former Hotel Taoro. The show is at 9:00pm on Saturday, the 18th and Sunday, the 19th. The production has been entirely made on the island and is part of the Ópera Pocket initiative. It has already been on stage in La Laguna and Garachico, and it was on in Adeje last weekend.

Apart from the talk tomorrow in Puerto de la Cruz, Alejandro Abrante is giving another talk at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, the 15th at Sociedad Cultural Liceo de Taoro, in La Orotava. This is the last talk in the Primavera Violeta series, a project that is promoted by the Cabildo, through Ópera de Tenerife, and La Laguna University, through Instituto de Estudios de las Mujeres, the Pedro Cabrera Cultural Chair and the vice-chancellor office for Relationships with the Community. The series aims at training for gender equality values through culture.

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Alejandro Abrante is the stage director of this production

Ópera de Tenerife is putting on Verdi’s The Traviata at Magma Arte & Congresos in Adeje next weekend. The show is taking place at 7:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday with the collaboration of the Government of the Canary Islands through its Local Ministry for Tourism. The production which has been fully made on the Island, is being put on outside Auditorio de Tenerife as the Cabildo’s aim is to bring the genre to new audiences. This production will then go on stage the following weekend, [on the 18th and 19th], at the grounds of former Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz at 9:00 pm

This opera is about a woman, Violetta Valéry, and her love for Alfredo Germont, which is frustrated because of the moral standards of 19th century society. As stage director, Alejandro Abrante portrays the atmosphere and the characters Verdi employed to depict the details of a male-centred society. 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, as he did last year at the Paraninfo and in Garachico, where this production was premiered, will be the musical director with Orquesta de la Academia Opera de Tenerife [Opera de Tenerife Academy Orchestra]. Singers include Julia Muzychenko (soprano); Nina Solodovnikova (soprano); David Astorga (tenor); Gillen Munguía (tenor); Daniele Terenzi (baritone); Pablo Gálvez (baritone); Borja Molina (baritone); Christina Campsall (mezzo soprano); Francesco Venuti (bass-baritone); María José Torres (soprano); Badel Albelo (tenor); Aleksandr Utkin (bass-baritone); Ángel Silva (baritone); Argel Campos (tenor) and Néstor Suárez Alonso (bass). The event 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 any of the performances can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; on auditorio’s website or calling 902 317 327. Tickets for the performance in Adeje, can also be bought at Magma Arte & Congresos box office from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday; for   Puerto de la Cruz, you can also get them at Castillo San Felipe Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

In parallel and in collaboration with Puerto de la Cruz Town Council, there is a talk at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, the 14th entitled “La traviata, un volcán de emociones” [The Traviata, a volcano of emotions] at Salón de Plenos in Ayuntamiento de Puerto de la Cruz. The following day, Wednesday, the 15 at 7:00 pm, the last Primavera Violeta talk will be held at Sociedad Cultural Liceo de Taoro, in La Orotava. Its title is “La imagen de lo invisible en el reflejo de las tres mujeres que inspiraron a Verdi ‘La traviata’: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier y Violetta Valéry” [The image of the invisible reflects on the three women who inspired Verdi’s The Traviata: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier and Violetta Valéry].

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The activity, fostered by the Cabildo and the University of La Laguna, tis taking place tomorrow, the 11th at 6:30 pm

At 6:30 pm tomorrow, Primavera Violeta is offering a meeting with Eva Palomo, lecturer at  Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She Will talk about women’s suffrage in early 20th century Spain. This talk is fostered by the Cabildo, through Ópera de Tenerife- and the University of La Laguna -through Institute on Women Studies, Pedro Cabrera cultural forum and the vice-chancellor office for Relationships with the Community, which aims at training for gender equality values through culture.

It is taking place at Salón de Grados of the Philosophy section at Faculty of Humanities of La Laguna University. For one hour, Eva Palomo will talk about the struggle for women’s vote in early 20th century Spain with a paper entitled El sufragismo y su entorno. Presencia y reivindicación feminista a comienzos del siglo XX. [Suffrage and its environment. Feminist Presence and Demands in the early 20th century].

This talk Will be followed by three other events to be held in different venues on the island. Talks include Las vanguardias tienen nombre de mujer; [Avant-garde is a woman’s name]; Ciencia y género. Ellas toman la palabra [Science and Gender. Women take the floor] and finally, La imagen de lo invisible en el reflejo de las tres mujeres que inspiraron a Verdi La traviata: Alphinsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier y Violetta Valéry. [The image of the invisible reflects on the three women who inspired Verdi’s The Traviata: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier and Violetta Valéry]. Admission to all the Primavera Violeta activities is free.

The programme of Primavera Violeta closes with the performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s The Traviata, which is travelling to two municipalities on the island. It will be put on at Magma Arte & Congresos, in Adeje, on 11 and 12 May and in the grounds of former Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz on 18 and 19 May. This new production, which is entirely made on the island, is part of Ópera Pocket, an Ópera de Tenerife’s initiative.

Ópera Pocket is a project by Ópera de Tenerife and follows the cultural lines of the Cabildo’s Tenerife 2030 strategy, which aims at bringing opera to new audiences by putting it on at different venues across the island.

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The Cabildo -through Ópera de Tenerife- and the University of La Laguna -through Institute on Women Studies, Pedro Cabrera cultural forum and the vice-chancellor office for Relationships with the Community- are starting the second year of a series of talks and activities in Primavera Violeta [Purple Spring] with the talk “Before Clara Campoamor. Feminisms in early 20th century Spain” by Inmaculada Blasco, main lecturer in Contemporary History at La Laguna University.

The activity is taking place on Thursday, the 4th at 6:30 pm, at Salón de Grados in the Philosophy section of the Faculty of Humanities of La Laguna University. Blasco Herranz Will be explaining the keys to understand the situation of women in Spain in the first quarter of 20th century Spain, before the proclamation of the Second Republic on 14 April 1931 which opened the door of the new Parliament to women, including the outstanding presence of Clara Campoamor and her defence in favour of women’s vote.

Primavera Violeta is a project that aims at training for gender equality values through culture by means of a broad interdisciplinary programme of cultural activities dealing with different cultural, social and philosophical issues, that will last till May. Admission to all the activities is free

The programme of this year’s Primavera Violeta closes with the performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s The Traviata, which is travelling to two municipalities on the island. It will be put on at Magma Arte & Congresos, in Adeje, on 11 and 12 May and in the grounds of former Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz on 18 and 19 May. This new production, which is entirely made on the island, is part of Ópera Pocket, an Ópera de Tenerife’s initiative.

Ópera Pocket is a project by Ópera de Tenerife and follows the cultural lines of the Cabildo’s Tenerife 2030 strategy, which aims at bringing opera to new audiences by putting it on at different venues across the island.

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Ópera de Tenerife organises the family workshop Mucho más que un cuento [Far more than a tale] coinciding with the performance of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel as part of the 2018-2019 Ópera de Tenerife season and under the Ópera en Familia scheme. Performances are on 27 and 28 April.

The workshop is aimed at children aged 3 to 12 and is given by Natalia Díaz Llarena. It will help understand opera in general, and particularly this title, based on the tale by the Grimm brothers. The workshop includes games and deals with musical and stage creation, plot, the characters and Humperdinck’s melodies.

The activity is taking place on 13 April at Auditorio de Tenerife. It is divided in four sessions -two in the morning and two in the afternoon- arranged according to the child’s age. In both cases the maximum number of participants is 13 kids who can come with an adult. For the 3- to 6-year-olds, the workshop is from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm or from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Children aged 7 to 12 can come from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon or from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

To take part in this free activity you should have bought a ticket for one of the performances and register before Monday 8 April at 12:00 noon via the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by sending the following details: full name of child and adult coming with him/her, child age, adult telephone number, email address and the time you wish to come.

Hänsel und Gretel is an Ópera de Tenerife production that has been adapted to be enjoyed by all the family. The show offers a combination of dialogues in Spanish and arias sung in its original language and subtitled. The musical director is Rubén Sánchez-Vieco and Stefania Panighini is the stage director.

Hänsel und Gretel was premiered on 23 December 1893 and the libretto, which was written by the composer’s sister, Adelheide Wetter, is about the adventures of two siblings who get lost in the forest while they are looking for strawberries. A world of chocolate houses and sweets, witches, forest creatures and, most of all, fantasy, is sure to thrill the kids who will love this good-fun, warm production whose style is close to the way children use their imagination. The score brings together popular songs and opera numbers carefully dealt with by Humperdinck, who uses a delicate language that is never monotonous or repetitive. A masterpiece that most of the audience will see for the first time, although it is widely performed in English-speaking countries.

Tickets can be booked here, at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, or calling 902 317 327.

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Ópera de Tenerife will be holding auditions for extras to take part in their next production this season, Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), under the Ópera en Familia programme. The title will be performed on 27 and 28 April 2019 at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife.

The selection process is open to boys and girls aged from 18 to 30 who look young. The deadline for entries is until 12:00 noon on Friday, 5 April 2019. They should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The body of the message must include the following details: full name of candidate, date of birth, contact telephone number, email address, full-length recent photography, and artistic cv; and in the subject: 'Audiciones figuración Hänsel und Gretel'

Auditions will be held at 3:00 pm on Monday, 8 April at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife, which is reached through the reception in the car park.

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