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Ópera de Tenerife’s 2019-2020 season features great composers like Donizetti, Verdi or Handel, but it also includes more avant-garde authors like Ullmann and Krenek, increasing the opera offer to a total of eight titles, which consolidates Auditorio de Tenerife as the major production centre in the Canaries. The details of this new season were disclosed today, Monday the 25th, by the President of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso; the Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero, and Ópera de Tenerife’s intendant, Alejandro Abrante.

The President highlighted the success of the current Ópera de Tenerife season, “that is not over yet and is being very successful”. “As it happens, last Saturday tickets for Turandot were sold out and the audience at Sala Sinfónica gave standing ovation”, recalled Alonso, who added that “when one talks about opera, the first thing that comes to mind is creativity, that’s why Ópera de Tenerife helps understand what Tenerife 2030 means; and they take care of it from very young ages, with the Manos a la Ópera project”, to then admit that at the Cabildo “we are very proud of this project, which opens Tenerife to the exterior”.

Carlos Alonso explained that Ópera de Tenerife season is the most reasonably priced in Spain thanks to its subscriptions, discounts and price reductions. “A new thing is that we have extended to 30 the age limit to benefit from the Young Subscription or the young discount for standard single tickets”.

The island director for Culture detailed that “there are many factors that come into play for the success of Ópera de Tenerife, like professional, technical, educational, social, creative, territorial and the work done to increase audiences”. “Ópera de Tenerife carries Tenerife 2030 as a banner from its home, Auditorio de Tenerife, which has become an Opera house”, he stated.

The Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Auditorio de Tenerife are the two mainstays that make Ópera de Tenerife possible, “a project with which we are leaders in opera, at the same level as the great theatres in the world”.

José Luis Rivero detailed that more than 127 cultural activities related to opera are made with programmes that spread the knowledge of opera across the island, like the schemes Ópera en Ruta, Aperitivos Líricos or Ópera Fórum, and just 19 take place at Auditorio de Tenerife, as the remaining 108 go to different municipalities on the Island. “We have over 27,000 viewers, thanks to our pricing policy too, which is the right one to encourage access to opera”.

Alejandro Abrante was clear that “Ópera and Tenerife are two terms that must go together”. In Abrante’s opinion, “Opera (e)Studio is one of our major projects because it encourages young talent and leads to singers who feel from Tenerife”. “Great artists start here and later on come back during the season to return what they received”, said the intendant, who added that out of the 70 artists who have been to this voice improvement academy, 40 are currently following their careers. “We are now a model of opera production”, he concluded.

The season raises the curtain with the seventh Opera (e)Studio, the comprehensive training academy for the development of young artists, which this year is funded by the European Commission through Creative Europe.  The title chosen by the projects’ artistic director, maestro Giulio Zappa, is the melodramma giocoso by Gaetano Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore. This co-production of Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bolognia and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre will be performed four times from 24 to 27 October.

On 19, 21 and 23 November, Rigoletto comes on stage. The title is part of Giuseppe Verdi’s famous popular trilogy, where the title role will be performed by one of the most acclaimed artists of Verdi’s repertoire, Leo Nucci.

To close the first quarter of the season, we’ll enjoy two operas composed by Austrian composers of the first half of the 20th century, who using sarcasm, deals with the issue of totalitarian power. Der Diktator (The Dictator) by Ernst Krenek, composed in 1928 in fascist Italy, and Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of the Atlantid) by Viktor Ullmann, composed in 1943 at a concentration camp.

The adventures and misfortunes of the daughter of a Pope, Lucrezia Borgia, by Donizetti, reach Ópera de Tenerife on 17, 19 and 21 March. Stage director Silvia Paoli, who made her debut in Ópera de Tenerife with La Cenerentola (2014) and repeated, with equal success, with Le nozze di Figaro (2015) and I Capuleti e i Montecchi(2017), returns with this international co-production of Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Ópera de Oviedo and Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla. Her interpretation of the opera transports us to the 1930s, where the rise of fascism in Italy marks female behaviour, ruled by the hidden vices and public virtues of a male-centred society.

Ópera en familia is putting on Rinaldo on 25 and 26 April. Ardent battles, spells, and beautiful melodies, like the famous ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ make this title by George Frideric Handel one of the most acclaimed of his works. The next in-house production, for the Ópera Pocket programme will take us to the unforgettable love story composed by Verdi in The Traviata, which, as in previous occasions, will tour the Island municipalities with the intention of bringing opera to new venues and audiences. Continuing our support to zarzuela, the programme includes the romance La tabernera del puerto by Pablo Sorozábal, one of the most renowned zarzuela composers in the 20th century.

The new opera season also brings the 7th Opera de Tenerife Singing International Competition, which is now established as a not-to-be-missed engagement in the international opera world. We will once again enjoy a range of great voices in La final on 24 June, admission is free, and the Award-winner Concert on 25 June. This season includes masterclasses on voice and performance for young talents, to be held from 28 October to 2 November. In addition, the learning activity Ópera en Ruta, will explain to new audiences the ins and outs of the world of opera and the titles offered.

Antonio Méndez, Philippe Auguin, Pedro Halffter, Andriy Yurkevych, Giovanni Paganelli, Rubén Sánchez-Vieco and Alessandro Palumbo -the latter with Orquesta de la Academia Ópera de Tenerife- will be leading Sinfónica de Tenerife to put music to one more season of productions to be performed in Auditorio de Tenerife along with Coro de Ópera de Tenerife directed by Carmen Cruz.

As in previous years, Ópera de Tenerife offers the chance to get different types of subscriptions which do not only involve a discount on ticket prices, but they also allow you to enjoy exclusive advantages including securing your seat, priority access to the auditorium, free Ópera Bus, or receiving the digital programme ahead of the première.

The titles included in all types of subscription available, Club Ópera and Club Ópera Joven, are: L’elisir d’amoreRigolettoDer Diktator and Der Kaiser von AtlantisLucrezia Borgia and La tabernera del puerto. The Club Ópera Joven subscription also includes Rinaldo and the Award-winner concerts of the Singing International Competition. This will also enjoy an additional 15% discount for different events at Auditorio de Tenerife like Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife, Quantum Ensemble, Ópera en familia, Ópera Pocket. The offer also includes 10% off at Gastromag in Auditorio, as well as in some cafeterias and restaurants in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The Club Ópera subscription includes different rates like: Ambassador, First-timer, Corporate, Large Families and Groups (conservatoires, music schools and universities) which involve a specific discount for each group ranging from 30 to 40%. If you do not opt for a season subscription, Ópera de Tenerife offers a series of special discounts on standard single tickets for students, unemployed, large families, Ópera en Ruta participants and Ten+ Mayor card holders. Also, new this year, the age range to enjoy the young people discount has been extended to 30 years of age, with tickets at a single price of 5 euros.

The period to renew subscriptions starts tomorrow, [Tuesday, the 26th] and ends on 14 April. The period for new subscribers is from 7 May to 24 October. In both cases, the purchase can be arranged via the Internet, on, or in person at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday.

All the information on the titles of the 2019 - 2020 season are available on Ópera de Tenerife

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The artists were selected out of 181 candidates who auditioned for the 7th Opera (e)Studio


After finishing the auditions held in Bologna, Tbilisi, Madrid and Tenerife, Ópera de Tenerife has revealed the names of the artists who will make up the double cast for Gaetano Donizetti‘s L’elisir d’amore, which will open the 2019-2020 season. This title is part of the project by Opera(e)Studio in partnership with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, which in this edition is sponsored by the European Community’s Creative Europe programme.

The double cast includes Maria Rita Combattelli and Beatriz de Sousa as Adina, Klodjan Kaçani and César Arrieta as Nemorino, Alberto Bonifazio and Jacobo Ochoa as Belcore, Givi Gigineishvili and Matteo Andrea Mollica as Dulcamara and Sofía Esparza and Eleonora Boaretto as Giannetta.

This year 181 artists from 33 different American, European and Asian countries have taken part in the auditions. The cast includes ten artists from seven different nationalities: Albanese, Colombian, Spanish, Georgian, Italian, Portuguese and Venezuelan. All the auditions were supervised by Giulio Zappa, artistic director of the programme.

The selected singers will be travelling to Tenerife in early September to benefit from comprehensive professional training in all the disciplines related to opera. The artists will work on different musical and stage performance techniques, style, diction, body language, theatrical nature of the role, historical context of the composition, dramaturgy, or libretto studying, among other aspects. Their work will lead to the performance of Donizetti‘s classic L’elisir d’amore, on 24, 25, 26 and 27 October 2019 at Ópera de Tenerife; it will be put on at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre on 25, 27, 29 February, and 1 March 2020 and at Teatro Comunale di Bologna on April 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2020.

Ópera (e)Studio is a programme set up by Ópera de Tenerife in 2013 with the aim of boosting young talent through comprehensive artistic improvement. Its permanent base is at Auditorio de Tenerife, and in the past six years it has staged Così fan tutte [2013], La Cenerentola [2014], Le nozze di Figaro [2015], Don Pasquale [2016], I Capuleti e i Montecchi [2017] and L’italiana in Algeri [2018].

L’elisir d’amore is Donizetti’s highly popular opera buffa and it includes the most famous aria for tenor ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ in addition to a lively plot where the love troubles of beautiful Adina and gullible Nemorino meet with the ploys of trickster Dulcamara and Sargeant Belcore’s jealousy.

Stage director Pablo Maritano is in charge of the production’s stage design, which is inspired by the golden age of cinema. A fantasy world through different Hollywood film sets of that era.

The musical direction of this opera is under the baton of Antonio Méndez, principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.


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Some of the best arias by Donizetti were performed

Ópera de Tenerife, in collaboration with Garachico Town Council, staged an opera recital on Sunday, 24 February at 12:00 noon, in the former Convento de San Francisco. The audience had the chance to listen to some of the most outstanding arias by composer Gaetano Donizetti (Bergamo 1797– 1848).

The recital featured tenor David Astorga and soprano Nina Solodovnikova, accompanied by pianist Maestro José Miguel Román.  The activity, one of our “Opera Titbits”, was introduced by Ópera de Tenerife’s intendant, Alejandro Abrante.

The different pieces performed included: ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ [L’elisir d’amore], ‘Una parola, o Adina… Chiedi all’ aura lusinghiera’ [L’elisir d’amore], ‘Quel guardo ilcavaliere… So anch’io la virtù magica’ [Don Pasquale], ‘Tornami a dir che m’ami’ [Don Pasquale] and ‘Ah! Mes amis, que jour de fête… Pour mon âme’ [La fille du régiment]. This get-together ended with an aperitif.

This activity, which started last season and has already been to Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna and Güímar, aims to disseminate opera by offering recitals in different venues across the island of Tenerife.


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Ópera de Tenerife has just finished the final phase of the auditions that took place in Bologna, Tbilisi and Madrid to select the cast for the production of ‘L’elisir d’amore’. Opera (e)Studio's artistic committee in Tenerife included Opera (e)Studio's artistic director, Giulio Zappa, and Ópera de Tenerife's intendant, Alejandro Abrante, who listened to the last 8 artists of the 181 candidates who have auditioned.


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Opera (e)Studio’s artistic committee in Madrid, made up of Opera (e)Studio’s artistic director Giulio Zappa; Mauro Gabriele, artistic secretary of Teatro Comunale di Bologna; and the intendant of Ópera de Tenerife, Alejandro Abrante, finish the three days of auditions in Madrid today.

A total of 31 artists have done the auditions for the 'L'elisir d'amore' production that will open Ópera de Tenerife’s next season to then be put on at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre in Georgia in 2020.

After seeing candidates at Teatro Comunale Bologna, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre and Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid, the Opera (e)Studio’s team will hold their last auditions in Tenerife on Saturday, 16 February.

The 7th Opera (e)Studio, sponsored by the European Commission’s Creative Europe Programme, is led by Ópera de Tenerife in partnership with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.



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Ópera (e)Studio starts the second stage of auditions at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, Georgia, to choose the cast for the production that will open Ópera de Tenerife’s next season, ‘L’elisir d’amore’ by Donizetti. Auditions are chaired by the project’s artistic director Giulio Zappa, and the artistic and general director of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, Badri Maisuradze, along with both theatres’ creative teams. The 7th Opera (e)Studio, sponsored by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme, is led by Ópera de Tenerife in partnership with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.

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The partners taking part in the Opera (e)Studio project -sponsored by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme- Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, led by Ópera de Tenerife, singed their collaboration agreement on 6 February. The function was attended by Cabildo’s Culture Director, José Luis Rivero and the Manager of General Affairs of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Marco Stanghellini, along with Opera (e)Studio artistic director, Giulio Zappa; Ópera de Tenerife’s intendant, Alejandro Abrante and the sovrintendente of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fulvio Macciardi. The artistic teams of the three theatres were also present.

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The heads of the European Commission's Creative Europe programme attended the event.

In the photo, from left to right:

Badri Maisuradze, artistic director and managing director of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.

Fulvio Macciardi, sovrintendente of Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Giulio Zappa, Ópera de Tenerife's Ópera (E)Studio artistic director

Alejandro Abrante, intendant of Ópera de Tenerife

Mauro Gabriele artistic secretary of Teatro Comunale di Bologna.


A grandissimo in bocca al lupo to all candidates!

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A total of 170 young artists from 33 countries have applied to take part in the 7th  Opera (e)Studio. This is a 50 per cent increase over last year. Auditions are starting on Monday, 4 February in Bologna, and will continue in Tbilisi and Madrid, ending at Auditorio de Tenerife on 16 February.

This year -funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe programme- the singers chosen to take part in this project, led by Ópera de Tenerife in partnership with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre will put on stage L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti. Artists can compete for more than one role which are divided as follows: Adina and Gianetta, for sopranos; Nemorino, for tenors; Belcore, for baritones and Dulcamara, for baritones or bass.

Over half of the applicants have registered to attend auditions at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, reason why three days have been allowed for them. The tests in Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre (Georgia) are taking place on the 8th and 9th, followed by auditions at Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid on the 11th and ending on the 16th at Auditorio de Tenerife. All the auditions will be supervised by Opera (e)Studio artistic director, Giulio Zappa.

The artists registered come from 33 countries in America, Europe and Asia. Most come from Italy, with 64 candidates followed by Spain, with 24, and Japan with eight. The singers chosen will travel to the Island in early September to get comprehensive professional training on all the disciplines included in the opera genre, from musical to stage aspects. In addition to musical education, Opera (e)Studio pays particular attention to training singers in acting and body language.

The opera L’elisir d’amore will open the next Tenerife opera season in October and will be performed four times at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. In 2020, it will be put on at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre. This show by Ópera de Tenerife has Antonio Méndez as music director, who is the Principal Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, in Tenerife and Bolonga; and Zaza Azmaiparashvii, Principal Conductor of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, in Georgia. Stage design is by stage director Pablo Maritano.


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Ópera de Tenerife has started working on the production of L’elisir d’amore, the title of the 6th Opera (e)Studio to be premiered in October at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. Work started with the presentation of the drafts for the stage design and will be followed by the auditions in February to take place in Bologna, Tbilisi, Madrid and Tenerife to choose the participants in this year’s production.

The Cabildo’s island director for Culture, José Luis Rivero, welcomed stage director Pablo Maritano, who explained the details of the stage design proposed for L’elisir d’amore. Their meeting was also attended by set designer Serena Rocco, costume designer, Lorena Marin, Ópera de Tenerife’s intendant, Alejandro Abrante, and Auditorio de Tenerife’s technical director, Jorge Cabrera, among others.

Maritano (Buenos Aires, 1976) is one of the most renowned Argentinian stage managers of his generation. He has carried out his career in America and his presence in Tenerife next October is his debut in Europe.

The singers to take part in this production will be chosen in auditions to be held in February. The tests start in Bologna from 4 to 6 February, to then go on to Tbilisi on 8 and 9, Madrid on 11, 13 and 14, and finally Tenerife on 16 February.

Opera (e)Studio 2019 is supported by the European Union through Creative Europe. The project, led by Ópera de Tenerife in partnership with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, was awarded the maximum funding available. This initiative includes the production to travel to Bologna and Tbilisi next year after its premier in Tenerife next October. Further information here.

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The Cabildo de Tenerife through Ópera de Tenerife, has opened the call to take part in the seventh  Opera (e)Studiothe academy that offers comprehensive training to young singers. This year it works under the auspices of the European Commission within the Creative Europe programme, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre. The academy for future opera singers will open the next Tenerife opera season with L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, which was chosen by the academy’s director Giulio Zappa, to show the work done by the singers.

The professional team at Ópera de Tenerife will be working with the singers selected from September through to the production of the opera, to be performed four times from 24 to 27 October 2019 at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. The same cast will also perform L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre in 2020. 

Opera (e)Studio will be carrying out auditions in four cities on 4, 5 and 6 February at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, in Bologna, Italy; on 8 & 9 February, at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, in Georgia; on 11, 13 & 14 February, at Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and at Auditorio de Tenerife on 16 February. 

Candidates will have to sing all the arias from memory, including extracts of their role in L’elixir d’amore. Singers can enter for more than one role. The titles requested for the five roles are: Nemorino (tenor) the arias Quanto è bella, quanto è cara and Una furtiva lágrima, the duets Caro elisir, sei mio (up to the Terzetto excluido) and La donna è un animale stravagante davvero; Adina (soprano) the arias Benedette queste carte and Prendi per me sei libero (with full cabaletta) and the duet Come sen va contento; Belcore (baritone) the aria Come Paride vezzoso and the duet La donna è un animale stravagante davvero; Dulcamara (baritone or bass-baritone or bass) the aria Udite, udite, o rustici and the duet  Voglio dire... lo stupendo elisir che desta amore; and Giannetta (soprano) the aria with choir Saria possibile? Possibilissimo.

For further information please see the regulations on Auditorio de Tenerife website here. Any opera singer who was born on or after 1 January 1987 can apply for the auditions. The deadline to receive applications is 20 January 2019 before 12:00 noon. 

This Ópera de Tenerife project was set up to give visibility to the work done on the Island, not just artistically but also stage designing and building as well as local production. Job creation for Canarian professionals is also encouraged by being part of a highly-specialised sector of international scope.


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Ópera de Tenerife’s academic project is chosen by Creative Europe funding programme


Auditorio de Tenerife has received a subsidy from Creative Europe, the EU programme that supports cultural and film industries on the continent. The funds received are for the Opera (e)Studio project, the international learning academy that is part of the Ópera de Tenerife season. This transnational project, which has been granted 200,000 Euros, is led by Auditorio de Tenerife in partnership with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre in Georgia.

The European Commission chose the project presented by Tenerife out of 493 candidates. Ópera de Tenerife entered L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, to be produced by the Opera (e)Studio programme and performed at Auditorio de Tenerife in October 2019, and in Bologna and Tbilisi in 2020.

Opera (e)Studio is an innovative programme in Ópera de Tenerife’s season where we work with young professionals to develop a high specialization school. This is the sixth year running and, in just five years, it has become an international model with the participation of more than 700 singers from 55 countries. The candidates chosen at the auditions go on to do two months of intensive work in Tenerife to produce the first of the eight titles that make up the opera season. The young singers work with maestro Giulio Zappa, who is the artistic director of Opera (e)Studio and supervises the whole process. In addition, they attend workshops in management for opera markets and in artistic marketing.

As a self-funded initiative it had far-reaching effects, welcoming candidates from four continents and establishing collaborations with other international venues. The fact that it is in one of the outermost regions of the EU is no obstacle. On the contrary, it encourages connections with other cities, like on this occasion, when Tenerife leads this transnational scheme along with Bologna and Tbilisi.

Having on average more than 125 applications per year encourages Opera (e)Studio to go on training international young singers. We are confident this number will be considerably increased with the auditions that will take place in Tbilisi, in addition to the usual tests in Bologna, Madrid and Tenerife.

Ópera de Tenerife, as a member of Ópera Europa and Ópera Latinoamérica, follows a policy of international co-productions, both with other European and Latin American theatres. Creative Europe is aware of the quality work that has been carried out for years and supports Tenerife as a great training centre for young performers.


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