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Tenors César Arrieta and Klodjan Kaҫani lend their voices to Nemorino, the young peasant who is in love with Adina, in L’elisir d’amore, one of the most often performed and acclaimed operas by Bergamo composer Gaetano Donizetti, that will open the 2019/2020 Ópera de Tenerife season with four performances by the members of Opera (e)Studio.

This coproduction of Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, will first be performed tomorrow, [Thursday, the 24th] and then on Friday, the 25th, Saturday, the 26th and Sunday, the 27]. All the performances of this project, which this year is funded by the European Commission programme Creative Europe, will be on at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica at 7:30 pm except for the last one which starts at 6:00 pm.

Both singers will play the role on alternate days: Kaҫani will be on stage tomorrow and on Saturday while Arrieta is singing on Friday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased through Auditorio de Tenerife’s usual sale channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone on 902 317 327.

Venezuelan singer, César Arrieta, started training from an early age in the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas y Coros Juveniles e Infantiles [National System of Young and Children Orchestras and Choirs] in his native city and at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. Although this is his first time on the island, he has heard of the work done at Ópera de Tenerife because of “the high artistic level of the productions”.

The tenor learned about the Opera (e)Studio programme through some friends who had taken part in Don Pasquale (2016) and decided to enter this year because of the title chosen. The singer says that Nemorino is an essential role for tenors”. Although he has never been on stage with this opera, he has sung many of its pieces in concerts and admits that “there was a lot of Nemorino in my life before we met face to face”.

Klodjan Kaҫani, an Albanian singer who studied at Universiteti i Arteve di Tirana, came to the island for the first time last season for the production of Lucia di Lammermoor in the role of Normanno, so he knows the work Ópera de Tenerife carries out very well.

For Kaҫani, who took part in the production of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Fondazione Arena di Verona, this is the first time he is tackling L’elisir d’amore, a title in which the complexity of Nemorino stands out as it also puts the stress on the evolution of the character through the opera.

These two young tenors, along with eight other singers, came to the island to take part in the seventh Opera (e)Studio, the comprehensive programme for singers’ artistic improvement. The training, directed by Giulio Zappa from the beginning, consists of different masterclasses given by international first-rate professionals and goes on with the typical rehearsals of every opera production, which is the phase that is currently in progress. The programme concludes with the performance of the opera.

L’elisir d’amore marks the beginning of the season and has Antonio Méndez -principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife- as musical director. This Ópera de Tenerife show is done in coproduction with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre is the debut in Europe of stage director Pablo Maritano, who transports us to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It all comes with the stage design of Serena Rocco, costumes by Lorena Marin and Virginio Levrio as lighting designer.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the first time sopranos Leonora Tess and Sofía Esparza are in Tenerife where they have come to play the role of Giannetta, Adina’s friend in  L’elisir d’amore. One of the best-known comic operas by Gaetano Donizetti, it will open the Ópera de Tenerife 2019-2020 season with performances starting on Thursday next week and running till Sunday. Both singers are playing the role on alternate days. Esparza will perform on Thursday and Saturday while Tess will be on stage on Friday and Sunday.

Sofía Esparza, who started to study singing when she was seven years old, is a Spanish soprano who trained at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra and at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya. The singer, who is visiting the island for the first time, heard “very, very good” references of Ópera de Tenerife and the high specialisation academy for artists Opera (e)Studio from “singers who have taken part in the programme in previous years”.  The soprano says she decided to enter the auditions for L’elisir d’amore, a title she is performing for the first time, because “it’s a great chance for singers to train professionally” and also because “it’s a major boost to my career”.

Italian Leonora Tess started to study singing when she was 19 after studying piano at the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. The singer, who like the Spanish soprano, had never been to the island, hopes to return soon as she says she is “in love with Tenerife”. Regarding Opera (e)Studio, a programme she had already heard of, she stated that “it’s a good opportunity to grow as an artist” adding that for a singer L’elisir d’amore is the perfect opera “to connect with the feelings of the audience”. Unlike her partner, this is not the first time she deals with this character; she played it in Milan and explains that the difficulty of the role lies in “bringing a character to life that can actually attract the audience’s attention”.

As far as future projects, Sofía Esparza would like to make the most of the boost this opportunity has given her and carry on with her career by “taking the right steps” and continuing with her training as a singer and artist. No doubt, she dreams of playing the roles of Norina in Don Pasquale, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro or Micaela in Carmen. Similarly, Leonora Tess’s main goal is to keep on growing as an artist and concludes that after her experience in Tenerife she expects “her career to grow from now on”. Like her colleague, she hopes to be on stage one day playing the role of Musetta in La bohème, Despina in Così fan tutte or Marie in La fille du régiment.

These two young sopranos, along with eight other singers, arrived on the island to take part in the seventh Opera (e)Studio, the comprehensive programme for singers’ artistic improvement. The training, directed by Giulio Zappa, consists of different masterclasses given by international first-rate professionals and goes on with the typical rehearsals of every opera production, which is the phase that is currently in progress. The programme concludes with the performance of L’elisir d’amore from 24 to 27 October.

L’elisir d’amore marks the beginning of the 2019-2020 season with Antonio Méndez -principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife- as musical director. This new Ópera de Tenerife show is done in coproduction with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre and has the funding of the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme. It is also the debut in Europe of stage director Pablo Maritano, who transports us to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It all comes with the stage design of Serena Rocco, costumes by Lorena Marin and Virginio Levrio as lighting designer.

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The sopranos Maria Rita Combattelli and Beatriz de Sousa will bring to life the rich and beautiful landowner Adina, in Donizetti’s comic opera L’elisir d’amore. This title opens the new Ópera de Tenerife season and will be put on from 24 to 27 October at Auditorio de Tenerife. Combattelli will perform on Thursday and Saturday while De Sousa will sing on Friday and Sunday.

Italian Combattelli and Portuguese De Sousa are part of the seventh Opera (e)Studio, which they both learned about from other singers who have taken part in this Ópera de Tenerife’s project. Combattelli believes that “the title this year is very interesting, and I thought I should make the most of this opportunity” and De Sousa admits she was encouraged to take part because of “the opportunity of making my debut in the role of Adina”.

Maria Rita Combattelli, who is a student at the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, recalls that “I’ve always liked singing, since I was a little girl. My mum says I knew all the cartoon songs by heart”. De Sousa, who is studying at University of Music Vienna and at the Liceu’s Conservatoire, started her studies when she was sixteen and came to Tenerife in the past to take part in the masterclasses of Giulio Zappa, who is the artistic director of Opera (e)Studio. In contrast this is the first time Combattelli is on the island.

They are both certain that L’elisir d’amore “is a brilliant and amusing work that blends comic and opera features seamlessly”. Combattelli highlights ‘Adina’s complex psychology; she is a strong, independent woman as shown by every word she says”, while De Sousa points out that “the music is wonderful, it’s the type of music that traps your ear at once and remains with you for a long time”.

Regarding the difficulty of tackling a role like Adina, Beatriz de Sousa explains that “Adina greatly develops as a character throughout the opera and the last aria portrays this psychological and musical culmination”. In Rita Combattelli’s opinion, the complexity of the role “lies in the vocal part, as it is a bel canto role, but you must keep up the energy of the character right through the work”.

Combattelli and De Sousa appreciate coming to the Opera (e)Studio training programme. The Italian singer points out, among others, her “surprise at being treated with the professionality and respect due to professionals”. For her part, De Sousa is delighted with the experience and highlights “the high level they demand from us”. The Lisbon soprano says that “in Opera (e)Studio de Tenerife I’ve found the perfect balance between the support a young singer needs and the necessary exposure to start off her career”.

As for future goals, Combattelli prefers not to strive for a specific one but to “go on taking in the work done these months at Opera (e)Studio and doing her very best every day”, while the Italian singer says her goal is to become “a thorough artist, taking care of voice technique and particularly, being a great performer on the stage”.

L’elisir d’amore opens the 2019 – 2020 opera season under the musical direction of Antonio Méndez, principal conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. This Ópera de Tenerife production -jointly with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre- is funded by the European Commission through its Creative Europe scheme. It is a debut in Europe of stage director, Pablo Maritano, who transports us to Hollywood golden age, adorned with the stage design by Serena Rocco, Lorena Marin’s costumes and lighting design by Virginio Levrio.

 

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The bass voices of Italian Matteo Andrea Mollica and Georgian Givi Gigineishvili will play the role of Dr. Dulcamara in the opera L’elisir d’amore, which is on this week -from Thursday to Sunday- at the Auditorio de Tenerife. Dulcamara is a trickster who sells Nemorino a love potion to help him win Adina’s love, but it is really just wine. Mollica and Gigineishvili, members of Opera (e)Studio, are taking part in this co-production between Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, which this year is funded by the European Commission programme Creative Europe.

The Georgian singer started his singing career at the age of 15 at schools in Batumi, his native city. He furthered his education at the Youth Music Theatre and at Tbilisi State Conservatoire V. Sarajishvili, and he is currently resident artist at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, a stage where he performed in L’elisir d’amore two years ago. “I love this title and working on the character of Dulcamara is particularly interesting”.

Mollica, who is playing the role on the Friday and Sunday performances, started his singing studies at Università di Torino and at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire in the same city. This is the first time he is on the island, but he knew about the Ópera de Tenerife productions and its high specialisation academy for artists, Opera (e)Studio, through his teachers and colleagues. “I believe it’s a great opportunity for young artists”, he says regarding taking part in the seventh Opera (e)Studio and highlights that, above all, the training programme has a “very high level”. It is divided in one month of general training followed by one month of working on a real production.

As for Dulcamara, this is the first time the Italian singer is performing the role and his main concern is for the character not “to be ridiculous”, while the Georgian artist explains that the role he is playing on Thursday and Saturday “requires plenty of energy: he talks a lot, and the text is very difficult and fast”. He points out that the singer “needs to be well trained to perform this role. Therefore, he also needs to play well on the stage and have a lot of energy to be able to show all the details”.

Regarding future projects, both singers focus on making the most of their experience in Opera (e)Studio and L’elisir d’amore, but they wish to keep evolving in other characters. Givi Gigineishvili admits that “every character is interesting for me… but I’d like to play the role of Philip II in Verdi’s Don Carlo”. Matteo Andrea Mollica’s answer is more categorical: “My favourite role, in my favourite title, by my favourite composer: Ezio in Attila by Verdi”.

L’elisir d’amore marks the beginning of the 2019-2020 season with Antonio Méndez -principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife- as musical director. This new Ópera de Tenerife show is done in coproduction with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre and has the funding of the European Commission through the Creative Europe programme. It is also the debut in Europe of stage director Pablo Maritano, who transports us to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It all comes with the stage design of Serena Rocco, costumes by Lorena Marin and Virginio Levrio as lighting designer

 

 

 

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The Cabildo de Tenerife presents the opera L’elisir d’amore, by Donizetti, to be performed at Sala Sinfónica of Auditorio de Tenerife from 24 to 27 October. It is a coproduction between Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, and this year it is funded by the European Commission programme Creative Europe. The cast on stage are the members of the seventh Opera (e)Studio, the high specialisation academy.

The details of the production were revealed today, Wednesday the 16th at Auditorio de Tenerife by the Councillor for Culture of the Cabildo, Concepción Rivero; the artistic director of the Auditorio, José Luis Rivero; Opera (e)Studio’s artistic director, Giulio Zappa; the musical director, Antonio Méndez, and the stage director, Pablo Maritano.

The ten singers were chosen in auditions held in Bologna, Tbilisi, Madrid and Tenerife last February which were entered by 181 candidates of 33 different nationalities. The singers taking part are María Rita Combattelli (soprano); Beatriz de Sousa (soprano); Klodjan Kaçani (tenor); César Arrieta (tenor); Alberto Bonifazio (baritone); Jacobo Ochoa (baritone); Givi Gigineishvili (bass); Matteo Andrea Mollica (bass); Sofía Esparza (soprano) and Leonora Tess (soprano).

Concepción Rivero admitted that “it’s a pleasure to present L’elisir d’amore”, that will be performed “on this wonderful stage” and that opens Ópera de Tenerife’s new season.  For his part, the artistic director of Auditorio de Tenerife, José Luis Rivero, presented this production of Opera (e)Studio, “the academy specialising in opera singing where we are honoured to have had Giulio Zappa as director from the beginning; singers training at the academy in previous years are now following an international career”.

The artistic director explained that “different reasons make this year unique: this is the first time the principal conductor of Sinfónica de Tenerife is musically directing one of our operas, for which we thank Antonio Méndez’s generosity; it is the European debut of one of the most renowned stage directors in Latin America, Pablo Maritano; and this project is a coproduction between Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bolognia and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, chosen among more than 500 European projects in the Creative Europe programme, and the only opera project that was chosen”.

In Giulio Zappa’s view, “this seventh year is special because of the support of Creative Europe”. Opera (e)Studio artistic director stated that “in my over 20-year-long career I’ve never met such a passionate, committed team as the one in Ópera de Tenerife, who I now regard as family”. Regarding the participants, Zappa thanks them for “these two months together in which I’ve also learnt a lot from them”.

Sinfónica de Tenerife’s principal conductor, Antonio Méndez, admits that “I’m looking forward to making my debut with Ópera de Tenerife; it’s a pleasure to be leading this title by Opera (e)Studio, a very interesting and necessary project in the opera world which this year has brought us two great high-level casts. They are all very different from each other which, in turn, offers a richer result as audiences can value each voice, each character”. For his part, Pablo Maritano thanked the invitation from Ópera de Tenerife intendant, Alejandro Abrante, and Jorge Cabrera, head of technical production of Auditorio de Tenerife, and his “tireless” team. “The whole team has surrounded us with their enthusiasm and although this sector is always full of challenges, we’re very happy about how we’ve dealt with them and with the final result”.

This Ópera de Tenerife production is a melodramma giocoso by Gaetano Donizetti with the libretto by Felice Romani, based on the text Le philtre by Eugène Scribe for Daniel François Esprit Auber’s opera. One of the most praised operas by the composer thanks to unforgettable melodies like ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ and a lively plot about the love affair between beautiful Adina and naive Nemorino. It was premiered at Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan on 12 May 1832.

Opera (e)Studio is the high specialisation academy for Ópera de Tenerife artists, which has had Giulio Zappa as artistic director since 2012. This project was set up with the aim of providing training in all the opera disciplines for young artists while at the same time meeting the demands of the present work market. The selected artists arrived on the island last September and have been working on different areas ranging from musical and stage performance techniques to style, diction, body language or dramaturgy which are combined with rehearsals done at the professional pace set by a theatre: costume fittings, make-up and rehearsing with the orchestra.

The performances on Thursday, the 24th, Friday, the 25th and Saturday the 26th are taking place at 7:30 pm. The show in at 6:00 pm on Sunday, the 27th. Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 317 327.

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Ópera de Tenerife continues to bring this genre to different municipalities on the island. On Sunday, the 22nd it is offering an opera recital at 1:00 pm at the cloister of Convento de los Padres Dominicos, in the town of Candelaria. The activity is promoted by the Island Cabildo through Auditorio de Tenerife and the collaboration of Candelaria Town Council.

This recital runs parallel with the promotional activities of the Ópera de Tenerife season that starts next October with L’elisir d’amore, a title to be performed by the singers chosen for the Seventh Opera (e)Studio.

Some of these singers will be singing this Sunday in Candelaria. We will have the chance to listen to soprano Beatriz de Sousa, tenor César Arrieta, baritone Alberto Bonifazio and bass Givi Gigineishvili, who will be accompanied at the piano by Claudio Marchetti. Opera (e)Studio’s artistic director, Giulio Zappa, will be the host of the event.

The audience at the cloister will enjoy pieces of L’elisir d’amore, by Gaetano Donizetti, such as ‘Quanto é bella, quanto è cara’; ‘Come Paride vezzoso’; ‘Una parola, or Adina... Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera’; ‘Udite, o rustici’; ‘La ra, la ra, la ra... Esulti pur la barbara’; ‘Venti scudi!’ and ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. Admission to the recital, which closes with a titbit, is free.

L’elisir d’amore is a melodramma giocoso by Giacomo Donizetti and the production to be staged at Auditorio de Tenerife is included in the high-specialization academy Opera (e)Studio that is funded by the European Commission’s programme Creative Europe.

The most famous comic opera by the composer will be performed at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica on 24, 25 and 26 October at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, 27 at 6:00 pm. It is a coproduction of Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.