To close the lyrical season, the Auditorio de Tenerife offers a zarzuela anthology
Tickets for this Saturday's concert are already sold out
The Auditorio de Tenerife, an institution linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council, is managed by the island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. On Saturday 26 from 7:00 pm onwards, it offers a zarzuela anthology to close the lyrical season of this cultural venue. Under the musical direction of José Luis Gómez, the sopranos Marina Monzó and Sofía Esparza, the tenor José Bros, the baritone Javier Franco feature during this production with music by the OST, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. The tickets are sold out.
The four singers will perform four duets. The first piece is titled 'Hace tiempo que vengo al taller' from the zarzuela ‘La del manojo de rosas’, with Sofía Esparza and Javier Franco. The concert will continue with José Bros as Fernando and Sofía Esparza as Doña Francisquita, who feature the second act duet of ‘Doña Francisquita’. Marina Monzó (as Luisa) and Javier Franco (as Vidal) will sing the duet of 'Luisa Fernanda'. José Bros will sing 'Torero quiero ser', from the zarzuela 'El gato montés'.
José Bros will sing two solos 'De este apacible rincón de Madrid', a romance of 'Luisa Fernanda', and ‘No puede ser’, from the zarzuela 'La tabernera del puerto'. Marina Monzó will sing 'La primorosa', from the zarzuela 'El barbero de Sevilla' and 'La canción del arlequín', of 'La generala'. Sofía Esparza will be the starring singer of 'Canción de Paloma',from the zarzuela 'El barberillo de Lavapies' and of 'La salida de Cecilia Valdés', a piece of 'Cecilia Valdés'. Javier Franco sings a solo in the romance 'Madrileña bonita', a piece from the zarzuela 'La del manojo de rosas', and 'Luché la fe por el triunfo', from 'Luisa Fernanda'.
The programme is rounded up with a solo by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra playing the preludes of 'La revoltosa', the second act of 'La del manojo de rosas', 'Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente', 'El bateo' and the intermezzos of 'La leyenda del beso' and 'La boda de Luis Alonso'.
The Spanish orchestra conductor José Luis Gómez was born in Venezuela and makes his debut in the Opera de Tenerife during this season. In September 2010, he won the first prize during the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition in Frankfurt. He was subsequently appointed assistant conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. He currently works as music director for the Tucson Symphony, and from 2012 to 2015 he was principal conductor of the orchestra Teatro Sociale di Como.
He has conducted the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and also the RTVE Orchestra, Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, the Houston Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, the Radio Symphonie-Orchester Stuttgart, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Komische Oper Berlin company, the Karlsruhe Staatstheatre Orchestra, the Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, the Basel Sinfonietta, the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Colorado, Alabama, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
José Bros returns to the Auditorio de Tenerife, where he premièred Werther in 2016. Subsequently, he also directed Don Carlo (2018) and worked during the lyrical gala celebrated last December. Bros is considered one of the greatest exponents of the romantic bel canto repertoire. Thanks to his outstanding musicality, he has covered a very wide opera and zarzuela repertoire with more than 65 titles. He was born in Barcelona, where he studied music at the Municipal Music Conservatory and sang with the maestro Jaume Francisco Puig. In 1991, he made his debut in Sabadell with Don Giovanni (Mozart). In 1992 he conducted Anna Bollena (Donizetti) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu with Edita Gruberova.
Bros works as a regular conductor at theatres such as Covent Garden (London), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Real (Madrid), Colón (Buenos Aires), Vienna Opera, Hamburg, Munich, Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, Seville, Washington, Rome, Hong Kong and San Francisco, among others. His constant concert and oratorio activity has taken him to emblematic halls such as the Musikverein (Vienna), Santa Cecilia (Rome), Carnegie Hall (New York), Philharmonie (Munich), Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), Moscow International House of Music (Moscow), among others.
Marina Monzó makes her debut during the Opera de Tenerife season. She studied piano, flute and singing at the Conservatory of Valencia. She attended several master-classes with artists like Mariella Devia, Renata Scotto, Daniela Dessì, Juan Diego Flórez and Raúl Giménez. She has been studying regularly with soprano Isabel Rey since 2014. Her repertoire includes titles by Bellini, Donizetti, Mozart, Rossini and Verdi. In September 2015 she participated in a Gala at the Teatro Real, where she shared the stage with singers such as Juan Pons, Gregory Kunde, Carlos Álvarez and Isabel Rey.
In 2016 she made her debut at the Bilbao Opera with the role of Amina in La sonnambula (Bellini) and joined the Accademia Rossiniana di Pesaro under the direction of Maestro Alberto Zedda, where she made her debut with the role of La Contessa di Folleville from Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini). Since then, she has sung with the tenor Juan Diego Flórez in different concerts. She made her début at the Teatro de la Zarzuela with Le cinesi (Gluck), and Il viaggio a Reims at the Verona Philharmonic Theatre; she featured Sophie of Werther (Massenet) in Las Palmas; she featured Oscar of Un ballo in maschera (Mozart) in La Coruña; Inés of La Favorite (Donizetti) at the Teatro Real; Fulvia of La pietra del paragone (Rossini), during the Rossini Opera Festival. She sang in Naples during the opera Rigoletto (Verdi), and in Florence during the opera Don Pasquale (Donizetti).
Javier Franco was born in La Coruña and makes his debut in Opera Tenerife. He has worked in theatres such as Real, La Zarzuela and Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Palau de Les Arts in Valencia, Palacio de Ópera in La Coruña, Campoamor in Oviedo, Comunale di Bologna, the Verdi in Sassari and Salerno (Italy), São Carlos in Lisbon or Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with maestros such as Zubin Mehta, Jesús López Cobos, Guillermo García Calvo, José Ramón Tebar, Donato Renzetti, Renato Palumbo, Steven Mercurio, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, José Luis Temes, Maurizio Benini and Pablo Mielgo, among others. His operatic repertoire includes works by Verdi, Donizetti, Puccini, Montsalvatge, Gounod, Rossini, Wolf-Ferrari, Mozart, Leoncavallo, Falla and Orff. From the Spanish lyric repertoire, he has sung the Zarzuela 'La del manojo de rosas' (Sorozábal); ‘La fattucchiera’ (Cuyás); ‘Los gavilanes’ (Guerrero); ‘La rosa del azafrán’ (Guerrero); ‘El caserí’o (Guridi); ‘Pan y toros’ (Asenjo Barbieri); ‘Katiuska’ (Sorozábal) and ‘Marina’ (Arrieta), among others.
Sofía Esparza was born in Pamplona in 1994. She participated in the Opera (e)Studio programme of Opera Tenerife during the 2019-2020 season. She has studied with great masters, like Alberto Zedda, Mariella Devia, Renato Bruson, Malcolm Martineau, Giulio Zappa and Ana Luisa Chova, among others. She has won over a dozen prizes in international competitions, which recognise her as an emerging young lyric artist. In addition to the Auditorio de Tenerife, she has performed at the Tbilisi Opera State Theatre in Georgia, at the Comunale di Bologna and in Spanish theatres, such as the Palau de les Arts (Valencia), Gran Canaria, Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo), Arriaga (Bilbao), Gayarre and Auditorio Baluarte (Pamplona). Likewise, she has shared the stage with world-famous artists, such as Anna Pirozzi and Plácido Domingo.