Thursday 27Jun19
A bullfighter and a bandit set against each other for the love of a woman
1 Shows
27 Jun
 Ópera de Tenerife

Premiered in 1917, Manuel Penella’s score, tells the story of the rivalry between bullfighter Rafael Ruíz and bandit Juanillo, known as the Wildcat, who fight each other for a gipsy woman called Soleá. They get involved in a series of tragic conflicts in which love, indifference, reason and honour are present. This piece, a major exponent of popular Spanish opera melodies of the time, includes the famous paso doble Torero quiero ser, in addition to plenty of national clichés: a cortijo (Andalusian farm), a bullfight ring, bandits and bullfighters along with the eternal Hispanic concept of honour.


This highly dramatic zarzuela set in Andalusia, was successfully put on in America, including a production which was on stage from December 1920 to February 1921 at Park Theatre in New York, performed by the unforgettable Pastora Imperio and Concha Piquer.

Creative Team

Musical Director: Salvador Vázquez

Stage Director: Raúl Vázquez

Set Designer: Carlos Santos

Costume Designer: Massimo Carlotto

Lighting Designer: Lorenzo Caproli


Tenerife Symphony Orchestra

Tenerife Opera Choir

An Auditorio de Tenerife Production


Soleá: Mariola Cantarero

Frasquita: Marina Pardo

Loliya: Tairuma Méndez

Gitana: Sandra Ferrández

Padre Antón: Alberto Camón

Rafael Ruíz: Gillen Munguía

Juanillo ‘El gato montés’: Luis Cansino

Hormigón: Axier Sánchez

Caireles: Borja Molina



Following Doña Francisquita and Luisa Fernanda, this is the third consecutive zarzuela title put on by Ópera de Tenerife, which is committed to spreading the Spanish operetta, also known as “género chico”.

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Tickets will be on sale from 26 June.
They can be purchased on line and at the Box Office in Auditorio.
This show is included in the Club Ópera de Tenerife Package: enjoy the full season with a 20% discount and many other advantages.

Packages on sale from 28 May to 27 October

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