Ópera de Tenerife
This season, more than ever, we are happy to present the titles included in the 20/21 Ópera de Tenerife season.
We return to public activity with Donizetti’s Requiem on 24 October to pay tribute to the victims of this health crisis. Next, we are recovering one of the most eagerly anticipated productions we had to cancel last season, Lucrezia Borgia, a co-production of Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Ópera de Oviedo and Teatro de la Maestranza, featuring soprano Yolanda Auyanet in the lead role, to be performed on 24, 26 and 28 November. To end the year, Ópera de Tenerife is staging a Gala Lírica on 12 December. Again we shall focus on new opera talents this year through the work of Opera (e)Studio, which this season is putting on Il matrimonio segreto with music by composer Domenico Cimarosa and libretto in Italian by Giovanni Bertati. We have not overlooked the youngest, who show us the intergenerational power of opera every year. We are reviving for them one of the most memorable productions: Handel’s Rinaldo. In addition, zarzuela’s fans can enjoy an Antología in June and to end the season, we are holding this year’s Concurso Internacional de Canto Ópera de Tenerife [Tenerife International Opera Singing Competition].
In compliance with the safety measure in place and due to reduced seating capacity and to keep social distancing, this season we cannot offer subscriptions. Instead, we shall offer our 19/20 season subscribers a priority sale period with a 15% discount on the tickets for each title. Standard tickets will be made available in coordination with the health authorities.
We hope we can enjoy this new adventure together.
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The Auditorium's Educational and Social programme offers three performances for the island’s pupils and their relatives
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the islands’ Minister of Culture Enrique Arriaga. This week, it offers the educational programme Manos a la Ópera (Get the Opera Rolling) where 60 schoolchildren from Pre-Primary Education take part. Children interpret "The Mini Magic Flute" a retelling of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (Salzburg, 1756 - Vienna, 1791) classical magical fairy tale. Three performances are offered for pupils from the island and the relatives of the small performers.
During the first performance that took place today 6 May 2021, 40 schoolchildren from the Nursery and Primary School Ernesto Castro Fariñas (Tacoronte), took part. For tomorrow's session, 50 attendees will come from both Nursery and Primary Schools San Benito (La Laguna) and El Tablero (Santa Cruz). The third performance will take place on Saturday with the relatives of the performers as audience.
Manos a la Ópera is an initiative by the Auditorium’s Educational and Social Department. It consists of creating a free version of an original opera made by and for children. The creation process is crucial, as schoolchildren take part in several artistic creative activities, such as literary creation, music, theatre, visual arts, and corporal expression.
The schoolchildren learn through their own experience. They actively participate in the creation process by adapting and performing the opera. Then, they merge this process into their personal and group imagination. To this end, the programme provides them with workshops to acquire skills and resources. This enables them to appreciate, enjoy, value and produce art. By means of this important tool, curiosity for learning, knowledge of others, of their culture and the merit of collective work are promoted.
The complicity of the educational centres and the involvement of their teaching staff is a key factor to develop this programme. This year the initiative counted with fifteen teachers. Melodie Pérez directed the show with the assistance of Ariadna Simó. Ubaldo Pérez was on charge of the musical and sound creation. For the recording of the demos, he teamed up with Marina Machado and Mauricio di Rado. Marta Delgado was on charge of the set and costume design. In addition, the programme counted with the artistic and technical support of the Auditorium’s staff.
Apart from the performances, a programme and a teaching guide was produced as a resource for both schools and families, which can be downloaded from www.auditoriodetenerife.com/educational-and-social-area.
The Mini Magic Flute takes place in a distant and rocky country that existed a long time ago. Darkness has taken over the sky since the magician Sarastro took the beautiful princess Pamina away from the Queen of the Night. One day, a boy called Tamino was fighting against a snake when some fairies, accompanied by goblins, managed to scare the monster away. The fairies decided to tell the Queen of the Night how courageous and brave the boy was. The queen decided to entrust him with the liberation of Princess Pamina and, in return, he could marry her.
Tamino accepted. The fairies gave him a magic flute which had unprecedented and unknown powers that would help him when he needed it. All he had to do was to play a sweet melody and the magic would do the rest. Tamino and Papageno, the kingdom's bird-catcher, set out on a long journey to the Sun Temple, where the magician Sarastro was hiding Pamina. Both adventurers discover that nothing is what it seems: The Queen of the Night holds a dark secret...
Both performances on 24 and 25 April will transform the Symphonic Hall into a fantasy chessboard with dragons and castles.
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by its Director of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. Tickets for the family opera Rinaldo, by G.F. Handel, go on sale. Pricing starts at five Euros. This show, suitable for all audiences, will transform the Symphonic Hall into a fantasy chessboard with medieval castles, dragons and sorceresses on 24 April at 6:00 pm and 25 April at 12:00 noon.
Produced by Opera de Tenerife, Rinaldo was premièred in 2016 and scheduled to be performed again in April 2020. However, it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. This season sees the revival of this opera conducted by Stefania Panighini and Giovanni Paganelli conducting the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. Leo Martínez designed the costumes in steampunk aesthetics, and Hugo Carugatti is in charge of the lighting.
The voices that will embody these fantasy characters will be: mezzo-soprano Aurora Faggioli (Rinaldo, the knight), sopranos Beatriz de Sousa (Almirena, Goffredo's daughter) and Gloria Giurgola (Armida, sorceress), mezzo-soprano Silvia Zorita (Goffredo, Christian captain), baritone Pablo Gálvez (Argante, king of Jerusalem) and tenor Jorge Franco (Eustazio, Goffredo's brother).
The story is set in the Crusades. The evil sorceress Armida abducts Almirena, daughter of King Goffredo, to distract her betrothed Rinaldo, the most valiant paladin of the Christians. Fiery battles, spells and beautiful melodies such as the famous Lascia ch'io pianga make this show to be an experience for all audiences.
This is one of Handel's best known Baroque operas. The Italian libretto by Giacomo Rossi is inspired by the poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Torquato Tasso). It was premiered on 24 February 1711 at the Queen's Theatre in Haymarket, London.
The pricing starts at five Euros. Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 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. 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 live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday are sold out
Tomorrow, Thursday the 18th of March at 6:00 pm, Auditorio de Tenerife premieres the opera Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. This will be the first of four performances planned for this piece, a coproduction driven by Auditorio de Tenerife together with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. The singers who comprise the eighth edition of Opera (e)Studio will feature this opera. The four daily performances until Sunday the 21st of March, will all start at 6:00 pm; tickets are sold out for Friday and Saturday. This initiative is promoted by the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council -managed by the Councillor Enrique Arriaga - through Ópera de Tenerife.
Il matrimonio segreto will situate the scene in New York in the 1950s, where the patisserie Geronimo & Co. specialising in babàs (a typical sweet from Naples) is run by an Italian who misses his home-town. His youngest daughter, Carolina, has secretly married Paolino, a delivery boy at the bakery; both of them dream of starring in Broadway musicals. Geronimo's idea of marrying off his daughters to great noblemen will lead to the plot, originally set in Bologna in the 18thcentury.
During this first performance, Italian sopranos Giulia Mazzola and Eleonora Nota will respectively take on the roles of Carolina and Elisetta; French mezzo-soprano Claire Gascoin will be Fidalma, while the male roles will be played by Turkish tenor Bekir Serbest (Paolino), Italian bass Francesco Leone (Geronimo) and Chilean baritone Ramiro Maturana (Count Robinson). This cast will be the same as in Saturday's performance.
The performances on Friday and Sunday, both starting at 6:00 pm, will feature German soprano Veronika Seghers (Carolina), Italian soprano Marilena Ruta (Elisetta), Italian mezzo-soprano Mara Gaudenzi (Fidalma), Italian tenor Antonio Mandrillo (Paolino), Lithuanian bass Ignas Melnikas (Geronimo) and Spanish baritone Jan Antem (Count Robinson).
These singers have been on the island since 27 January when they began a training programme coordinated by Giulio Zappa, artistic director of Opera (e)Studio since 2013. Roberto Catalano is the stage director and the music will be played by the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife conducted by Davide Levi; Emanuele Sinisi is in charge of the set design, the costumes were created by Ilaria Ariemme and the lighting designer is Fiammetta Baldiserri. All of them feature for the first time at Opera de Tenerife, except Baldiserri.
Opera (e)Studio is a project of Opera de Tenerife that aims to train singers after a comprehensive artistic improvement programme that began last January. During this multi-purpose initiative, artists work on many aspects such as techniques of musical interpretation to stage performance; style, diction, body language or dramaturgy, which will alternate with sessions resembling the real professional pace of a theatre: costume tests, make-up and rehearsals with the orchestra.
Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 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. 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 live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be checked on the Auditorium’s website.
El toque de queda impuesto por el Gobierno de Canarias obliga a que las representaciones comiencen todas a las 18:00 horas
Auditorio de Tenerife ha modificado el horario de comienzo de las tres primeras funciones de la ópera Il matrimonio segreto, debido al toque de queda impuesto hoy [jueves 11] por el Gobierno de Canarias. Así, las representaciones de los días 18, 19 y 20 empezarán a las 18:00 horas y de esta forma coinciden con el horario programado para la cuarta y última puesta en escena el domingo, día 21.
Las cifras de contagios que ha acumulado la isla de Tenerife en los últimos días han provocado que el Gobierno de Canarias haya decretado hoy establecer un toque de queda a partir de las 22:00 horas durante las dos próximas semanas. Por este motivo, las tres funciones de ópera que estaban programadas para las 19:30 horas, se adelantan a las 18:00.
Alejandro Krawietz pointed out that this Opera (e)Studio edition has seen a record participation
Tenerife's Island Council presents the opera Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. It will be performed from March 18th to 21st in the Symphonic Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife. This opera is a co-production with Teatro Reggio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo, both of which will host it during the 2021/22 season. The staging is set in the 1950s and takes place in a New York bakery. The opera will be performed by the twelve singers who comprise the eighth class of Opera (e)Studio, a comprehensive learning project organised by Ópera de Tenerife.
The details of this production were announced today [Thursday 11] by Alejandro Krawietz, Island’s Director of Culture, and Giulio Zappa, Artistic Director of Opera (e)Studio; Roberto Catalano, Stage Director and Davide Levi, Conductor. Details were announced during an informative event at which all twelve singers who will star during the four performances were also present.
According to the Island's Director of Culture "the programme has a comprehensive character in the operatic field", qualifying it as a highlight during this season of Opera de Tenerife. Krawietz explained the difficulties inherent in this edition due to the pandemic. He also pointed out that "during their stay on the island, the twelve singers undergo a learning process with a very intense professional pace". He also declared that "singers were chosen through an international call for applications, which attracted 195 candidates, a record number in all editions that have been held".
Giulio Zappa, Artistic Director, stressed the importance of this project in which almost hundred singers have participated over the last eight years. He thanked the whole team for their involvement in bringing this work to fruition. He also hoped that "the singers will always remember this time in Tenerife, despite the fact that this year has been a bit peculiar due to the health situation"; he was confident that this experience will be "important and fun for their life and professional career".
Roberto Catalano, Stage Director of Il matrimonio segreto, said he was "very happy to be here during this peculiar historical moment. “We have made a team effort and I thank everyone for making me feel at home. Davide Levi, Conductor, emphasised that "the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is doing a marvellous job". He also valued how "incredible" it is to offer a concert with audience under these circumstances, so "I am very fortunate to be part of this project".
Catalan singer Jan Antem spoke on behalf of his colleagues. "It is a challenge to perform this opera because it has a very peculiar style," said the Spanish baritone. He added that "the experience in Tenerife has been very pleasant" and also recognises that he is fulfilling a dream by being able to perform this same title in Italy, namely "in two theatres with a long tradition", such as Teatro Reggio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
Il matrimonio segreto is set in New York in the 1950s, where Geronimo & Co. patisserie specialising in babàs (a typical sweet from Naples) is run by an Italian who misses his hometown. His youngest daughter, Carolina, has secretly married Paolino, a delivery boy at the bakery, and both dream of starring in Broadway musicals. Geronimo's idea is to marry off his daughters to noblemen. This will lead to the plot development, which was originally set in 18th century in Bologna.
The young artists are Giulia Mazzola (Italy), Veronika Seghers (Germany), Eleonora Nota (Italy), Marilena Ruta (Italy), Mara Gaudenzi (Italy), Claire Gascoin (France), Bekir Serbest (Turkey), Antonio Mandrillo (Italy), Ignas Melnikas (Lithuania), Francesco Leone (Italy), Jan Antem (Spain) and Ramiro Maturana (Chile). In addition to Roberto Catalano and Davide Levi, the staff is rounded up with Emanuele Sinisi as set designer; Ilaria Ariemme as costume designer and Fiammetta Baldiserri as lighting director.
Opera (e)Studio is a project of Ópera de Tenerife whose aim is to train singers after a process of comprehensive artistic improvement that began last January. During this multi-purpose initiative, artists work on multiple aspects, from different techniques of musical interpretation to stage performance; style, diction, body language or dramaturgy, which will alternate with sessions resembling the real professional pace of a theatre: costume tests, make-up and rehearsals with the orchestra.
Tickets for any of the four performances can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 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. 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.
Cast and Crew
Art Director of Opera (e)Studio: Giulio Zappa
Conductor: Davide Levi
Stage Director: Roberto Catalano
Choreographer: Sandhya Nagaraja
Scenic Designer: Emanuele Sinisi
Assistant Scenic Designer: Francesca Sgariboldi
Costume Designer: Ilaria Ariemme
Lighting Designer: Fiammetta Baldiserri
Coproduced by: Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Reggio di Parma and Massimo di Palermo
Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife
Show on March 18th and 20th
Show on March 19th and 21st
Conde Robinson (baritone)
The following dancers of "Centro Internacional de Danza de Tenerife" take part in all four performances: Tania Peña, Olaya Hernández, Víctor Rodríguez, Guillermo Vera and Eduardo Díez, as well as the actor Juan Pablo Domínguez.
Giulio Zappa, Roberto Catalano e Izaskun Legarzan protagonizan mañana esta iniciativa
El Auditorio de Tenerife, espacio cultural que depende del Área de Cultura del Cabildo que dirige el consejero Enrique Arriaga, ofrece un encuentro online mañana [martes 9] a las 19:00 horas a través del perfil de Facebook de Ópera de Tenerife. Este acto forma parte de las actividades paralelas a la octava edición de Opera (e)Studio, que finaliza con la puesta en escena de Il matrimonio segreto, de Domenico Cimarosa, del 18 al 21 de marzo, una coproducción de Ópera de Tenerife con el Teatro Regio di Parma y Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
El encuentro online, titulado Ilustración y la búsqueda de la felicidad: un matrimonio verdaderamente secreto, será presentado por la fundadora de la Librería de Mujeres de Canarias, Izaskun Legarza, y consistirá en una conversación entre el director de Opera (e)Studio, Giulio Zappa, y el director de escena de Il matrimonio segreto, Roberto Catalano. Esta actividad, que se ofrecerá con traducción simultánea, se podrá seguir únicamente a través del siguiente enlace incluso si no se tiene perfil de Facebook: https://es-es.facebook.com/operadetenerife.
Giulio Zappa (Monza, Italia) es el director del proyecto Opera (e)Studio desde que se puso en marcha en 2013. Completó sus estudios musicales bajo la dirección de Oleg Marshev; se graduó en piano con los máximos honores. Asimismo, se graduó con honores en Lengua y Literatura extranjera por la Universita degli Studi di Milano, con una tesis doctoral sobre la ópera rusa, bajo la supervisión de los profesores Fausto Malcovati y Francesco Degrada. Desde 1996 ha llevado a cabo una intensa actividad de conciertos por todo el mundo, además de ser invitado, frecuentemente, como entrenador vocal y profesor colaborador en numerosos teatros y festivales de Europa y Asia.
Roberto Catalano (Palermo, Italia) se estrena este año en Ópera de Tenerife. En 2002 comenzó a dirigir y escribir espectáculos propios, en 2014 ganó el concurso de directores del Festival Orizzonti de Chiusi y en 2016 trabajó como escritor y director del proyecto de AsLiCo Opera Education, una nueva versión de La bohème (Puccini). En su primera aparición será el responsable de la dirección escénica.
Il matrimonio segreto trasladará al público tinerfeño a la Nueva York de los años 50, donde se encuentra la pastelería Geronimo & Co. especializada en babàs (dulce típico de Nápoles) y regentada por un italiano que extraña su ciudad natal. Su hija menor, Carolina, se ha casado en secreto con Paolino, repartidor de la pastelería y ambos sueñan con protagonizar musicales en Broadway. La idea de Geronimo de casar a sus hijas con grandes señores dará lugar el desarrollo de la trama, que originalmente se ubicaba en la Bolonia del siglo XVIII.
Los cantantes participantes en Opera (e)Studio protagonizarán las cuatro funciones divididos en dos elencos. Así, el lituano Ignas Melnikas y el italiano Francesco Leone, bajos ambos, interpretarán a Geronimo; las soprano italianas Eleonara Nota y Marilena Ruta se pondrán en el papel de Elisetta; la italiana Giulia Mazzola y la alemana Veronika Seghers, las dos sopranos, serán Carolina; Fidalma será interpretado por la italiana Mara Gaudenzi y la francesa Claire Gascoin, mezzosopranos; el español Jan Antem y el chileno Ramiro Maturana han sido elegidos para el papel de Conte Robinson, barítonos, mientras que el turco Bekir Serbest y el italiano Antonio Mandrillo, ambos tenores, asumirán el rol de Paolino.
La dirección musical de esta propuesta artística corre a cargo de Davide Levi, al frente de la Sinfónica de Tenerife. El resto del equipo se completa con el diseñador de escenografía Emanuele Sinisi, la diseñadora de vestuario Ilaria Ariemme y la diseñadora de iluminación Fiammetta Baldiserri.
Las entradas para cualquiera de las cuatro funciones de Il matrimonio segreto se pueden adquirir hasta dos horas antes del comienzo en la página web www.auditoriodetenerife.com y de forma telefónica en el 902 317 327 y en taquilla de lunes a viernes de 10:00 a 17:00 horas y sábados de 10:00 a 14:00 horas. La compra de las entradas supone la aceptación de las medidas implementadas por el centro cultural del Cabildo para hacer frente a la COVID-19, como el uso correcto de la mascarilla o la asistencia solo con convivientes. Las medidas al completo, así como el plan de contingencia certificado por AENOR, se pueden consultar en la web del Auditorio.