2019 OPERA (E)STUDIO
Being fully established on its seventh year, Opera (e)Studio, as is tradition, will open the 2019 Ópera de Tenerife season. Increasingly, more and more singers are interested in taking part in the initiative. The artists were chosen at international auditions held in Bologna, Tbilisi, Madrid and Tenerife and they will spend nearly two months on the Island, where they will undergo intense work sessions on musical and stage aspects leading to the performance of an opera title that is part of Auditorio de Tenerife’s opera season. This year the title chosen is Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, a coproduction of Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.
Opera (e)Studio is a point of reference for young opera artists who have just finished their higher education and wish to make a start in their professional careers. This Ópera de Tenerife project has been acknowledged by the European Union, which is funding this year production through its Creative Europe scheme. Giulio Zappa as artistic and musical director, Pablo Maritano as stage director plus a wide team of professionals, including the Italian soprano Mariella Devia, will train the ten singers in all the aspects involved in staging a good opera production according to current European standards: musical and stage performance technique, style, direction, body language, theatrical nature of the role, historical context of the composition, dramaturgy, libretto studying, etc., in order to put on L’elisir d’amore, by Donizetti with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and the Coro de Ópera de Tenerife.
Maria Rita Combattelli / Adina
She started to study singing at an early age and graduated in opera singing with honours. She completed her training with Damiana Mizzi and she is currently furthering her studies with Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz and Giacomo Prestia. She is a student at the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She has taken specialisation master classes with major singers like Luciana Serra, Sonia Ganassi, Bruno De Simone and Giacomo Prestia.
Her opera repertoire includes her debut as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart) at the Rome Opera Festival. She has also taken the roles of Celidora (L’oca del Cairo, Mozart); Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica, Puccini), at the Narnia Festival; Julieta (Il piccolo spazzzacamino, Britten); Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini), at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She made her debut in Nino Rota’s I due timidi and La notte di un nevrastenico at the Teatro Flavio Vespasiano de Rieti, during the Reate Festival; Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Argentina di Roma, Teatro Flavio Vespasiano in Rieti, Teatro Sociale di Rovigo and Teatro Comunale di Treviso; Clarina (La cambiale di matrimonio, Rossini); La pietà (Piovani) at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Sinfonia delle Stagioni (Piovani) in l’Aquila and Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Beatriz de Sousa / Adina
Born in Lisbon, she studied at the University of Music in Vienna with Raimer Trost and at the Conservatorio del Liceu with Dolors Aldea. She is currently studying with soprano Sylvia Greenberg and pianist David Aronson in Vienna.
She started her career as a soloist on different international stages where her roles included Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims, Rossini) at the Rossini Opera Festival; Anima Ingrata (Il Ballo delle Ingrate, Monteverdi) at Dutch National Opera; Lucy (The Telephone, Menotti) at the Gulbenkian Foundation; Galatea (Acis and Galatea, Händel) at New Belgrade Opera and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) in different festivals in France and Austria. This has led her to work with conductors and stage directors like Alberto Zadda, Carlo Rizzi, Pierre Audi, Christophe Rousset, Michele Spotti, Paul-Émil Fourny and Yi-Chen Lin.
She has often been supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation. In addition, she takes masterclasses with Alberto Zedda, Ruggero Raimondi, Dolora Zajick, Ryland Davis, amongst other. In 2018 she won the 2nd Prize and the Mozart Award at the Grandi Voci competition in Salzburg.
Klodjan Kaҫani / Nemorino
He graduated from Universiteti i Arteve in Tirana, Albania. His repertoire includes the roles of Goro (Madama Butterfly, Puccini); Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini); Peppe/Arlecchino (Pagliacci, Leoncavallo); Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, Mozart); Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini); Alfredo (La traviata, Verdi) and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart). This last role sent him on a tour across the country and France with the Opera Nomade Compagnie Lyrique, after winning the Concorso Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana. He recently took part in the production of Macbeth at Teatro Regio di Parma and at an aria concert in the Verdi Festival. He has also performed the role of Poisson (Adriana Lecouvreur, Cilea) at the Filarmonica di Verona and Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore (Mozart) at Teatro Bellini in Catania.
He won third prize at the Marie Kraja International Competition in Albania and took first prize at the As.Li.Co in the role of Tamino in Como, Italy.
César Arrieta / Nemorino
He trained at the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas y Coros Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela [National System of Young & Children Orchestras and Choirs] and with the support of Equipo Arte Integración. He furthered his education at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía de Madrid, under the guidance of Ryland Davies and Milagros Poblador. He finished off his training with singers like Teresa Berganza, Tom Krause, Helena Donath, Alberto Zedda, Raúl Giménez, Javier Camarera, Sonia Prina and Helmut Deutsch.
Professionally, he has gradually directed his repertoire to opera in roles like Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni, Mozart); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte, Mozart). Also, Florville (Il signor Bruschino, Rossini) with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon; Silango (Le cinesi, García) and Marquis Drouet (Vespri siciliani, Verdi) at the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, which was recorded live by Naxos Records. In this same festival, he performed the role of Demetrio (Demetrio e Polibio, Rossini) and Radosky (Sigismondo, Rossini). Regarding symphonic singing, he performed as solo tenor Mozart’s Requiem with the Camerata Salzburg on tour in Japan.
His talent has been recognised on different occasions and he has received the best young singer award at the Academia Belcanto-Festival Rossini in Wildbad, the Second Prize for Male Voice at the Concurso Internacional de Logroño and the role Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart), at the Clermont-Ferrand International Singing Competition, that will take him to different theatres.
Alberto Bonifazio / Belcore
Born in Italy, he completed his studies in piano and opera singing at the Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in Genoa. He went on as a soloist at the Centre de perfeccionament Plácido Domingo in Valencia. Winner of international competitions, he has taken masterclasses with Alessandro Corbelli, Eva Mei, Mariella Devia, Jaume Aragall, Mietta Sighele, Leone Magiera and Henning Brockhaus.
In his career he has taken part at Villa Vento, Custoza, singing with Ramón Vargas; at Musica Riva Festival he made his debut in the role of Benoît and Alcindoro (La bohème, Puccini); as Ben Upthegrove (The telephone, Menotti) at the Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa in Savona and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. His first performance at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia was in the role of Marullo (Rigoletto, Verdi) along with Leo Nucci, under the baton of Roberto Abbado and director Emilio Sagi. At the same theatre, he played Gabriel von Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus, Strauss) in a concert conducted by Plácido Domingo.
Jacobo Ochoa Piedrahita / Belcore
He studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, under the supervision of Professor Rudolf Piernay.
His opera repertoire includes playing the roles of Belcore (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti); Caliban (The Enchanted Island, Varios); Peter (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck); Dandini (La Cenerentola, Rossini); Schaunard (La bohème, Puccini); Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini), Morales (Carmen, Bizet) or, recently, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart). Regarding symphonic singing, he has sung Symphony nº9 by Beethoven; Requiem by Mozart and Duruflé’s Requiem, among others.
He has several awards to his credit including First Prize at the Concurso Nacional de canto in Colombia OFB; Second Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition for Young Singers; Second Prize at the Concurso Internacional de Canto de Logroño and First Prize of the Fundación Conservatorio del Liceo in Bogotá.
His next engagements include Masetto (Don Giovanni, Mozart) at the Clonter Opera and Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini) at Opera de Colombia.
Givi Gigineishvili / Dulcamara
A graduate from N22 College in Batumi, Georgia, he furthered his training at Z. Paliashvili Central Musical School and at Batumi Art Teaching University. He also attended the Youth Music Theatre and Tbilisi State Conservatoire V. Sarajishvili. He is currently an in-house artist at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.
His opera repertoire includes his performance of the roles Dottore Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti); Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini), at State Conservatoire Opera Studio; Colline (La bohème, Puccini); Zuniga (Carmen, Bizet) at Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre; as well as, Un frate (Don Carlo, Verdi) at Immling Festival and Il sagrestano (Tosca, Puccini) at Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
He has received different awards including being finalist at the Georgian Competition of Musician-Performers and best performance at the Concurso de Lado Ataneli.
Matteo Andrea Mollica/ Dulcamara
He started his studies at the Università di Torino and continued his singing education at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Torino, as well as his improvement in technique and repertoire with maestro Giovanni Botta.
The repertoire he has performed includes San Giuseppe (La notte Santa, Gherzi); Balthasar (I magi, Gai); Sciarrone (Tosca, Puccini); Amonasro (Aida, Verdi); Marchese d’Obigny (La traviata, Verdi); Wang Chaofei (Milo e Maya e il giro del mondo, Franceschini); Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini); Primo Giudice / Servo di Amelia (Un ballo in maschera, Verdi); Conte di Monterone (Rigoletto, Verdi); Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini); Sharpless (Madama Butterfly, Puccini); Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini); Il nonno / L’Orco (Ciottolino, Ferrari); Escamillo (Carmen, Bizet) and Geppetto (Pinocchio, Valtinoni). This has taken him to major theatres such as Teatro Regio Torino, el Teatro Alfieri di Asti; Teatro Sociale Como, Teatro Grande di Brescia, As. Li. Co circuit, Teatro Fraschini, Teatro Donizetti or Teatro Pavarotti in Modena, among many others.
Sofía Esparza / Giannetta
She studied singing at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra and was awarded the End-of-Degree Prize. She also graduated in harp and musical pedagogy. She furthered her education at the ESMUC in Barcelona, getting a scholarship from Fundación Victoria de los Ángeles. She has broaden her studies with maestros like Alberto Zedda, Mariella Devia, Renato Bruson, Ana Luisa Chova, Ofelia Sala or Aquiles Machado.
As a soloist she has played the roles of Frasquita (Carmen, Bizet); Clorinda (La Cenerentola, Rossini); Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini); Primera dama (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart); Contessa di Ceprano (Rigoletto, Verdi); Empress Sirolé (El traje nuevo del emperador, Casalí); Selina (Alí Baba y los cuarenta ladrones, Casalí) and Cerillera, Director de cine and Mensajero del Olimpo (El guardián de los cuentos, Ortega). In zarzuela she has sung Rosaura (Los gavilanes, Guerrero); Inés (La mensajera, Gaztambide) and Teresa (Marina, Arrieta). This has led her to work with conductors like José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, Miquel Ortega, Óliver Díaz, Sergio Alapont, Jordi Bernacer, Nicola Valentini. She recently performed at the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona and made her debut at the opera season of Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo.
Leonora Tess / Giannetta
She started to study piano at an early age at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano. She then went on to study singing and made her debut in the role of Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini); Annina (La traviata, Verdi); Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti); Serpina (La serva padrona, Pergolesi); Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo, Verdi); Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) and Nella (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini). She attended the opera singing course at Conservatorio Gaetano Donizetti, Bergamo, where she recently graduated.
She also sang at Teatro Coccia de Novara in the première of La rivale by Marco Taralli, conducted by Matteo Beltrami. She played Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart); Un paggio della Duchessa (Rigoletto, Verdi) at Teatro Municipale di Piacenza and at Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti di Modena with Leo Nucci and conducted by Aldo Sisillo; Amina (Il castello degli invalidi, Donizetti) in Bergamo; Frasquita (Carmen, Bizet) at Teatro Coccia de Novara and at Tang Xianzu Grand Theatre in Fuzhou, in China. Her last engagements include playing the leading role in the opera Rita (Donizetti) and the role of Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini).
She has been finalist in many international opera competitions and has received young talent awards at Concorsi Santa Gianna Beretta Molla de Mesero, Salvatore Licitra de Milán and Rinaldo Pelizzoni de Sissa, where she took third prize.
Melodramma giocoso in two acts, L’elisir d’amore is an opera buffa with music by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Felice Romani, based on Eugène Scribe’s text Le philtre for Daniel Auber’s opera, which was premiered on 12 May 1832 at Teatro delle Canobbiana in Milan.
L’elisir d’amore is Donizetti’s most famous comic opera thanks to such unforgettable melodies as ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ and a lively plot in which the love affair of beautiful Adina and gullible Nemorino is possible thanks to the unlikely help of charlatan Dulcamara.
The stage director, Pablo Maritano, has taken care of the stage design of a production that will transport us to the golden age of cinema. A fantasy world through different late 1920s film sets.
Opera (e)Studio Artistic Director: Giulio Zappa
Musical Director: Antonio Méndez
Stage Director: Pablo Maritano
Stage Designer: Serena Rocco
Costume Designer: Lorena Marin
Lighting Designer: Virginio Levrio
Choirmistress: Carmen Cruz
Musical Director Assistant: Sandhya Nagaraja
Repetiteur: Hana Lee
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
Choir: Coro de Ópera de Tenerife
Adina: María Rita Combatelli
Nemorino: Klodjan Kaҫani
Belcore: Alberto Bonifazio
Dottore Dulcamara: Givi Gigineishvili
Giannetta: Sofía Esparza
Adina: Beatriz de Sousa
Nemorino: César Arrieta
Belcore: Jacobo Ochoa Piedrahita
Dottore Dulcamara: Matteo Andrea Mollica
Giannetta: Leonora Tess