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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.

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Ópera de Tenerife is giving talks on L’elisir d’amore in twelve Tenerife municipalities so that audiences can learn all about the ins and outs of this title: from the main features of the opera to anecdotes related to the author, the characters and the historical context.

These talks start tomorrow at Biblioteca Municipal de Vilaflor, at 5:00 pm and will go on until 22 October, two days before L’elisir d’amore goes on stage at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica to open the opera season. Admission to these 60-minute talks is free of charge.

This cultural tour includes fifteen meetings to take place at different venues of the Red Insular de Bibliotecas Públicas [Island Public Library Network]. After Vilaflor, Ópera en Ruta [Itinerant Opera] will visit Puerto de la Cruz (19 September) and Güímar (on the 24th). The meetings in October start on the 1st at the public library of Tabaiba (El Rosario) to then go on to Los Cristianos (on the 4th), Biblioteca Adrián Alemán in La Laguna (on the 8th), Biblioteca Antonio Bello in San Juan de la Rambla (on the 10th), Candelaria (on the 11th), Garachico (on the 15th), Biblioteca del Estado in Santa Cruz (on the 16th), Centro Cultural Casa de la Castaña in La Victoria de Acentejo (on the 17th), Adeje (on the 18th) and finally, La Orotava on 22 October.

Ópera en Ruta is part of the communication strategy of Ópera de Tenerife and Auditorio de Tenerife for the 2019-2020 season. In addition to spreading knowledge about opera, it enhances the economic driving force of this Tenerife project as its productions encourage the local cultural industry.

L’elisir d’amore by Giacomo Donizetti is part of the high-specialization academy Opera (e)Studio. It is the most famous comic opera by the composer thanks to unforgettable melodies like ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ and it will be on stage on 24, 25 and 26 October at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, the 27th at 6:00 pm at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. This coproduction of Ópera de Tenerife, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre is funded through the European Commission programme Creative Europe.

The music director of this production is Antonio Méndez and the stage director is Pablo Maritano who work along with a cast selected in auditions held specifically for the seventh Opera (e)Studio in Bologna, Tbilisi, Madrid and 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.