2019/20 SEASON

Ópera de Tenerife opens the 2019 – 2020 season with titles sailing from ‘the innocence of love’ to ‘the corruption of power’ signed by great composers like Donizetti, Verdi or Handel, although there is also room for more avant-garde authors like Ullmann and Krenek, offering a total of eight titles. The season raises the curtain with the seventh Opera (e)Studio, the comprehensive training academy to develop young artists, which this year is funded by the European Commission through their Creative Europe scheme. The title chosen by the project’s artistic director, maestro Giulio Zappa, is Donizetti’s melodramma giocoso, L’elisir d’amore. It will be followed by Rigoletto by Verdi. The first quarter will be closed with a double programme, concert version: Der Diktator, by Krenek, and Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. Lucrezia Borgia by Donizetti is the title chosen for March to be followed in the Ópera en Familia format by Handel’s Rinaldo. Verdi’s The Traviata returns to Ópera Pocket which like in previous seasons, is travelling to other municipalities on the island. Sorozábal’s zarzuela La tabernera del puerto and the Concurso Internacional de Canto de Ópera de Tenerife [Opera de Tenerife International Singing Competition] will close the season.

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Turkish Mine Kurtoğlu gets second prize and Venezuelan Gustavo Castillo the third, plus the audience award

Russian soprano Olga Zharikova took the first prize at the sixth Concurso Internacional de Canto Ópera de Tenerife [Opera de Tenerife International Singing Competition], at the final yesterday, 3 July which was held in Auditorio de Tenerife. The second prize went to Turkish soprano Mine Kurtoğlu and the third was for Venezuelan baritone Gustavo Castillo, who also won the Premio María Orán for best zarzuela aria performance, which pays tribute to the Tenerife singer, plus the Extraordinary Audience Award.

Olga Zharikova, who performed the aria “Der hölle Rache” from Die Zauberflöte, joins the group of previous winners, which includes Larissa Alice Wissel (2018), Julia Muzychenko (2017), Leonor Bonilla (2015), Laura Verrecchia (2014) and Alexander Vassiliev (2013).

Apart from these award-winners, there are also other special prizes granted by the jury in the form of contracts in productions of their respective seasons, as for instance the one Andrei Nicoara (Romania) got with the Teatro Municipale de Piacenza, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and Teatro Massimo de Palermo; Laura Brasó (Spain), with Teatro Maestranza de Sevilla; Lara Lagni (Italy), with Teatro Regio de Parma, auditions at Teatro Massimo de Palermo and a contract for a concert at Cia. Ópera de São Paulo; Margarita Levchuk (Bielrrusia), with Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Mine Kurtoğlu (Turkey), a contract for a concert at Teatro del Lago in Frutillar.

Ópera de Tenerife also gave special prizes to the Spanish tenor Gillen Mungía with a contract for the opera season; and to Guatemalan tenor Gustavo Palomo with a zarzuela role.

The winner of the first prize of the 6th Singing Competition is from Russia and trained at St. Petersburg Conservatoire. She furthered her education at Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo. Her extensive repertoire includes roles like  Gilda (Rigoletto, Verdi); Brigitta (Iolanta, Tchaikovski); Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo, Verdi); Flora (The Turn of the Screw, Britten); Annina (The Traviata, Verdi), Baucis (Philemon und Baucis, Haydn) or Nastyenka (The Scarlet Flower, Novikova), which has led her to perform in major theatres like Premier Music Theater of Krasnodar, Palau de les Artes Reina Sofía or St. Petersburg Philarmonie. She has been semi-finalist at the XXIII Operalia - The World Opera Competition and also received a grant for The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, among others.

The competition closes today, Thursday the 4th with the traditional Award-Winners Concert to be held at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara at 7:30 pm. The winners will display their singing skills with the accompaniment of maestro Dario Tondelli.

Fifty participants from 25 different countries entered the competition which also had a prestigious international jury of high artistic and technical competence led by the director general of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fulvio Macciardi, as president of the jury. Other members were the general and artistic director of Cia Ópera São Paulo, Paulo Abrão Esper; the executive director of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Martín Boschet; the casting manager and assistant to the musical director of Teatro Massimo di Palermo and casting consultant of Teatro Real de Madrid, Alessandro Di Gloria; the artistic director of the Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza, Cristina Ferrari; the artistic director of Teatro del Lago de Frutillar, Carmen Gloria Larenas; the executive director of OLA, Alejandra Martí; the director general of Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, Javier Menéndez; the artistic director of the Area of Music of the Fundación Ibáñez Atkinson, Andrés Rodríguez-Spoerer; and the head of artistic programming of Teatro Regio di Parma, Cristiano Sandri.


Ópera de Tenerife started the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto [6th International Singing Competition] on Sunday, 30 June at 4:00 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife. It will go on until Thursday, the 4th when it will close with the Award-Winners Concert. This year, fifty candidates from twenty-five different countries have entered the competition in a contest whose aim is to become a platform for the artistic and professional development of participants.

Most candidates come from Spain, which totals thirteen singers, including five Canarian artists. There are also four singers from the United Kingdom and Russia; three from Germany and two from Belorussia, Chile, South Korea, the United States, and Venezuela, plus one candidate from Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

The candidates have prepared five arias of their choice which will be tested in different tessitura in the qualifying phases from 30 June to 2 July. The final is taking place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, the 3rd. Each participant will sing an aria chosen by the jury or a zarzuela aria if competing for the Premio María Orán. Admission is free.

The Premio María Orán is for the best interpretation of a zarzuela aria. With this award Ópera de Tenerife does not only pay tribute to the memory of the Tenerife artist, but it also encourages the internationalization of opera in Spanish. Candidates must perform a role of one of the zarzuela titles in the Ópera de Tenerife season, according to the specific needs of each title and voice and stage suitability.

There will be three cash-prices of 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 euros respectively. There is an honorary Extraordinary Audience Award to be voted by the audience present in the final. Also, the various artistic directors attending the show will offer roles in their season productions according to the artists suitability and the productions’ requirements.

As always, the award-winners will give a concert on Thursday, 4 July at 7:30 pm at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife with maestro Dario Tondelli. Tickets for this concert are now on sale through the usual sales channels of Auditorio de Tenerife – at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone on 902 317 327.

The competition has a jury of international prestige led by Giovanna Lomazzi, vice-president of As.li.co.(Italy); Paulo Abrão Esper,  general and artistic director of Ópera São Paulo (Brazil); Martín Boschet, executive director of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Alessandro di Gloria, casting manager and musical director assistant at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and casting consultant of the Teatro Real de Madrid (Italy/Spain); Cristina Ferrari,  artistic director of the Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza (Italy); Carmen Gloria Larenas, artistic director of Teatro del Lago de Frutillar (Chile); Fulvio Macciardi, director general of Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy); Alejandra Martí, executive director of OLA (Chile); Javier Menéndez, director general of Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla (Spain); Andrés Rodríguez-Spoerer, artistic director of the Área Música de la Fundación Ibáñez Atkinson (Chile), and Cristiano Sandri, head of artistic programming at Teatro Regio di Parma (Italy).


Ópera de Tenerife presenta el último título de la temporada lírica: El Gato Montés, de Manuel Penella, que tendrá una sola representación mañana sábado [día 29] a las 19:30 horas en la Sala Sinfónica del Auditorio de Tenerife y para el que las entradas ya están agotadas. La magistral composición que narra el apasionante triángulo amoroso en una Andalucía de profundidad lorquiana estará bajo la dirección de Salvador Vázquez, que hace su debut en la ópera tinerfeña.

El director insular de Cultura, José Luis Rivero, comentó que “el lleno absoluto de esta función también responde al impulso en los abonos de Ópera de Tenerife, que ya hemos aumentado en un 45 por ciento”. “Esto demuestra que la ópera, el lenguaje musical escénico más completo, está más presente, viva y abierta que nunca”, explicó el director insular, quien afirmó que “el público está respondiendo a nuestros proyectos de Ópera de Tenerife”.

Para el director de escena, Raúl Vázquez, “es un sueño que un debutante como yo pueda llevar a escena con un equipo así una obra maestra como ésta y también es un honor y un privilegio, pero sobre todo un reto”. “Ojalá todas las casa de ópera valorasen las ideas como lo hace Ópera de Tenerife, dando oportunidades a gente nueva”, deseó el joven maestro, en cuya visión escénica se ha alejado de los tópicos buscando “espacios emocionales, más que físicos”.

Salvador Vázquez se colocará por primera vez al frente de la Sinfónica de Tenerife para este título. “Estaré eternamente agradecido a Ópera de Tenerife por esta oportunidad”, reconoció el director musical malagueño, quien lleva trabajando en el Auditorio de Tenerife un mes, en el que “he crecido muchísimo con estos grandes artistas: tienen una gran joya”. “Esta ópera española tiene referencias continuas a la música andaluza y se pueden reconocer saetas, seguidillas y sevillanas, entre otros”, analizó el maestro.

Mariola Cantarelo, con 20 años de carrera a sus espaldas, confiesa que “en Tenerife estoy en casa, me siendo parte de esta familia, donde todo se vive de forma muy intensa”. La soprano española cuenta que “todo el elenco nos llevamos muy bien y esa complicidad se nota en el escenario, donde nos dejamos el alma en cada función”. “Este papel es un regalo y que una andaluza cante el rol Soleá le puede aportar ese duende que necesita y que yo trato de darle”, reflexiona la cantante, quien comparte que “hemos trabajado mucho en un acento andaluz cerrado”.

El tenor Gillen Munguía empezó su carrera como cantante en esta isla dentro de Opera (e) Studio “y eso me ha abierto muchas puertas y ahora debuto con grandes artistas a los que siempre he admirado, como Luis Cansino, con cuya interpretación me enamoré de la lírica hace años”. “Siempre llevaré a Tenerife en mi corazón”, sentenció el joven cantante que interpreta a Rafael Ruiz.

Para Luis Cansino “la cultura es la base de todo en nuestra sociedad”. Este barítono que cumple 32 años de carrera explica que “aquí hay excelentes personas y al final eso es lo más importante”. “Doy las gracias a Ópera de Tenerife por lo que están haciendo, convirtiendo a esta isla en un faro en la lírica de este país”, sostuvo el cantante, que interpreta al personaje que da nombre a este título: Juanillo el Gato Montés.

El argumento de esta ópera popular en tres actos, con libreto del mismo Manuel Penella Moreno (Valencia, 1880 – Cuernavaca, México 1939), inspirada durante un viaje del compositor por tierras andaluzas y estrenada en el Teatro Principal de Valencia el 23 de febrero de 1916, narra la rivalidad entre el torero Rafael Ruiz, el Macareno, y el bandolero Juanillo, conocido como el Gato Montés, por el querer de una gitana, Soleá. Obra maestra del género, considerada el máximo exponente de las melodías populares líricas españoles de la época, contiene el famoso pasodoble ‘Torero quiero ser’, donde se recogen todos los tópicos del españolismo con fuertes tintes del andalucismo mágico.

La propuesta de Ópera de Tenerife cuenta con las voces de Mariola Cantarero [Soleá]; Sandra Ferrández [Gitana]; Marina Pardo [Frasquita]; Tairuma Méndez [Loliya]; Luis Cansino [Juanillo, el Gato Montés]; Gillen Munguía [Rafael Ruiz, el Macareno]; Alberto Camón [Padre Antón]; Axier Sánchez [Hormigón]; Borja Molina [Caireles y Pezuño]; Néstor Suárez [Recalcao]; Galilea Arias [Pastorcillo]; Joniker Brito [Vendedor] y Juan Carlos Afonso [Alguacilillo].

La propuesta de escenografía de Carlos Santos nos plantea la opresión del mundo en el que se ve envuelta Soleá. De esta manera, se verá una gran caja cerrada, representando el mundo masculino de Rafael, encorsetando a la figura femenina de la protagonista, representado por un gran giratorio central. En este espacio único, de lugar y tiempo “indeterminado”, aparecerán elementos fuera de escala, como el gran portón central, que ejercerá de vía de entrada y salida  a este mundo interior, por donde accederán los personajes y elementos que interfieren en la protagonista, o elementos icónicos que nos trasladarán de un acto a otro según el transcurso de la obra.

A través del vestuario, con la firma de Massimo Carlotto, se ha buscado líneas mucho más depuradas y estilizadas para no caer en los tópicos andaluces sin perder la esencia de las características del folclore regional. Un punto de partida que tiene como inspiración la singular visión, sensual y fatalista del pintor Julio Romero de Torres.


Next Sunday enjoy the most outstanding arias of the operas being performed next season

Ópera de Tenerife has scheduled for 12:00 noon on Sunday, the 16th, an opera titbit in the square outside TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes where you can enjoy some of the pieces from productions to be performed next season.

Singers include soprano María José Torres; mezzo soprano Sandra Ferrández; tenor David Astorga and baritone Borja Molina, accompanied by the piano of maestro Borja Mariño. The event will be presented by Alejandro Abrante, intendant of Ópera de Tenerife.

The arias we will enjoy this time are by Donizetti, Verdi, Handel and Sorozábal and include ‘Ardir! Ha forse il cielo… Obbligato! Ah, sí! Obbligato!’ and ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ [L’elisir d’amore]; ‘Caro nome’ and ‘La donna è mobile’ [Rigoletto]; ‘Vieni, la mia vendetta’ and ‘Il segreto per esser felici’ [Lucrezia Borgia]; ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ [Rinaldo]; ‘Parigi, o cara’ [La traviata] and ‘No puede ser’ [La tabernera del puerto]. At the end of the show we can all enjoy an aperitif.

This activity, which was first started last season, aims at spreading the love for opera by taking it to different venues across the island of Tenerife. In previous occasions these get-togethers have taken place in the municipalities of Puerto de la Cruz, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Güímar and Santa Úrsula. This is the first opera titbit Ópera de Tenerife is offering in Santa Cruz.


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.


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].