The European Commission has made a final assessment of the project led by Auditorio de Tenerife, the opera L'elisir d'amore. In 2019, this project received a grant through the European Commission’s framework programme Creative Europe. This edition of Opera (e)Studio was jointly developed with the partners Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tbilisi and the Comunale di Bologna. The project was rated as outstanding with a score of 90 out of 100 points.
The European Commission's report praises "the high quality of your interesting project" and notes that "activities carried out helped to reach a wider audience who would not normally attend opera performances". According to the European body, staging a production with a young artistic team has enabled them to connect with an audience that may have had so far "an approach to opera as an inaccessible or too old-fashioned performance".
Among the strengths of the project, the European Commission's assessment highlights its capacity for training young singers who start their professional careers. Likewise, the report remarks that young people from over 30 countries have participated in the call for entries; the project has also collaborated with universities that have offered their facilities for recitals and conferences, thus bringing part of the production closer to the educational sphere.
Ten singers chosen through international auditions starred in the Opera (e)Studio's production L'elisir d'amore, which premiered in October 2019 at the Auditorio de Tenerife. It was subsequently staged in Tbilisi in February 2020 and concluded in Bologna in September 2020. Functions in Italy were already affected by COVID-19.
The European Commission recognised that despite this major setback, the three partners showed strong collaboration and worked together to overcome it. The Commission's final report highlights that "their adaptation and proactive reaction to resolve some of these difficulties related to the global crisis reflected the strong commitment they had to implement their activities in the best possible way."
Tickets for Friday and Saturday are sold out
Tomorrow, Thursday the 18th of March at 6:00 pm, Auditorio de Tenerife premieres the opera Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. This will be the first of four performances planned for this piece, a coproduction driven by Auditorio de Tenerife together with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. The singers who comprise the eighth edition of Opera (e)Studio will feature this opera. The four daily performances until Sunday the 21st of March, will all start at 6:00 pm; tickets are sold out for Friday and Saturday. This initiative is promoted by the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council -managed by the Councillor Enrique Arriaga - through Ópera de Tenerife.
Il matrimonio segreto will situate the scene in New York in the 1950s, where the patisserie Geronimo & Co. specialising in babàs (a typical sweet from Naples) is run by an Italian who misses his home-town. His youngest daughter, Carolina, has secretly married Paolino, a delivery boy at the bakery; both of them dream of starring in Broadway musicals. Geronimo's idea of marrying off his daughters to great noblemen will lead to the plot, originally set in Bologna in the 18thcentury.
During this first performance, Italian sopranos Giulia Mazzola and Eleonora Nota will respectively take on the roles of Carolina and Elisetta; French mezzo-soprano Claire Gascoin will be Fidalma, while the male roles will be played by Turkish tenor Bekir Serbest (Paolino), Italian bass Francesco Leone (Geronimo) and Chilean baritone Ramiro Maturana (Count Robinson). This cast will be the same as in Saturday's performance.
The performances on Friday and Sunday, both starting at 6:00 pm, will feature German soprano Veronika Seghers (Carolina), Italian soprano Marilena Ruta (Elisetta), Italian mezzo-soprano Mara Gaudenzi (Fidalma), Italian tenor Antonio Mandrillo (Paolino), Lithuanian bass Ignas Melnikas (Geronimo) and Spanish baritone Jan Antem (Count Robinson).
These singers have been on the island since 27 January when they began a training programme coordinated by Giulio Zappa, artistic director of Opera (e)Studio since 2013. Roberto Catalano is the stage director and the music will be played by the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife conducted by Davide Levi; Emanuele Sinisi is in charge of the set design, the costumes were created by Ilaria Ariemme and the lighting designer is Fiammetta Baldiserri. All of them feature for the first time at Opera de Tenerife, except Baldiserri.
Opera (e)Studio is a project of Opera de Tenerife that aims to train singers after a comprehensive artistic improvement programme that began last January. During this multi-purpose initiative, artists work on many aspects such as techniques of musical interpretation to stage performance; style, diction, body language or dramaturgy, which will alternate with sessions resembling the real professional pace of a theatre: costume tests, make-up and rehearsals with the orchestra.
Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be checked on the Auditorium’s website.
Alejandro Krawietz pointed out that this Opera (e)Studio edition has seen a record participation
Tenerife's Island Council presents the opera Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. It will be performed from March 18th to 21st in the Symphonic Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife. This opera is a co-production with Teatro Reggio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo, both of which will host it during the 2021/22 season. The staging is set in the 1950s and takes place in a New York bakery. The opera will be performed by the twelve singers who comprise the eighth class of Opera (e)Studio, a comprehensive learning project organised by Ópera de Tenerife.
The details of this production were announced today [Thursday 11] by Alejandro Krawietz, Island’s Director of Culture, and Giulio Zappa, Artistic Director of Opera (e)Studio; Roberto Catalano, Stage Director and Davide Levi, Conductor. Details were announced during an informative event at which all twelve singers who will star during the four performances were also present.
According to the Island's Director of Culture "the programme has a comprehensive character in the operatic field", qualifying it as a highlight during this season of Opera de Tenerife. Krawietz explained the difficulties inherent in this edition due to the pandemic. He also pointed out that "during their stay on the island, the twelve singers undergo a learning process with a very intense professional pace". He also declared that "singers were chosen through an international call for applications, which attracted 195 candidates, a record number in all editions that have been held".
Giulio Zappa, Artistic Director, stressed the importance of this project in which almost hundred singers have participated over the last eight years. He thanked the whole team for their involvement in bringing this work to fruition. He also hoped that "the singers will always remember this time in Tenerife, despite the fact that this year has been a bit peculiar due to the health situation"; he was confident that this experience will be "important and fun for their life and professional career".
Roberto Catalano, Stage Director of Il matrimonio segreto, said he was "very happy to be here during this peculiar historical moment. “We have made a team effort and I thank everyone for making me feel at home. Davide Levi, Conductor, emphasised that "the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is doing a marvellous job". He also valued how "incredible" it is to offer a concert with audience under these circumstances, so "I am very fortunate to be part of this project".
Catalan singer Jan Antem spoke on behalf of his colleagues. "It is a challenge to perform this opera because it has a very peculiar style," said the Spanish baritone. He added that "the experience in Tenerife has been very pleasant" and also recognises that he is fulfilling a dream by being able to perform this same title in Italy, namely "in two theatres with a long tradition", such as Teatro Reggio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
Il matrimonio segreto is set in New York in the 1950s, where Geronimo & Co. patisserie specialising in babàs (a typical sweet from Naples) is run by an Italian who misses his hometown. His youngest daughter, Carolina, has secretly married Paolino, a delivery boy at the bakery, and both dream of starring in Broadway musicals. Geronimo's idea is to marry off his daughters to noblemen. This will lead to the plot development, which was originally set in 18th century in Bologna.
The young artists are Giulia Mazzola (Italy), Veronika Seghers (Germany), Eleonora Nota (Italy), Marilena Ruta (Italy), Mara Gaudenzi (Italy), Claire Gascoin (France), Bekir Serbest (Turkey), Antonio Mandrillo (Italy), Ignas Melnikas (Lithuania), Francesco Leone (Italy), Jan Antem (Spain) and Ramiro Maturana (Chile). In addition to Roberto Catalano and Davide Levi, the staff is rounded up with Emanuele Sinisi as set designer; Ilaria Ariemme as costume designer and Fiammetta Baldiserri as lighting director.
Opera (e)Studio is a project of Ópera de Tenerife whose aim is to train singers after a process of comprehensive artistic improvement that began last January. During this multi-purpose initiative, artists work on multiple aspects, from different techniques of musical interpretation to stage performance; style, diction, body language or dramaturgy, which will alternate with sessions resembling the real professional pace of a theatre: costume tests, make-up and rehearsals with the orchestra.
Tickets for any of the four performances can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.
Cast and Crew
Art Director of Opera (e)Studio: Giulio Zappa
Conductor: Davide Levi
Stage Director: Roberto Catalano
Choreographer: Sandhya Nagaraja
Scenic Designer: Emanuele Sinisi
Assistant Scenic Designer: Francesca Sgariboldi
Costume Designer: Ilaria Ariemme
Lighting Designer: Fiammetta Baldiserri
Coproduced by: Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Reggio di Parma and Massimo di Palermo
Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife
|Show on March 19th and 21st|
Conde Robinson (baritone)
The following dancers of "Centro Internacional de Danza de Tenerife" take part in all four performances: Tania Peña, Olaya Hernández, Víctor Rodríguez, Guillermo Vera and Eduardo Díez, as well as the actor Juan Pablo Domínguez.
Twelve young singers will take part in the eighth Opera (e)Studio
Ópera de Tenerife has chosen the twelve singers who will participate in the eighth Opera (e)Studio, following the selection of the programme’s artistic director Giulio Zappa from 195 candidates from 36 countries. The young singers will reach the Island on 28 January to start their intense comprehensive training that will end with the performance of Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, from 18 to 21 March at the Sala Sinfónica of the Auditorio de Tenerife, a venue under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga.
Geronimo will be played by Lithuanian Ignas Melnikas and Italian Francesco Leone; the Italian singers Eleonara Nota and Marilena Ruta sing the role of Elisetta; Italian Giulia Mazzola and German Veronika Seghers will play Carolina; Fidalma is to be performed by Italian Mara Gaudenzi and French Claire Gascoin; Catalan singer Jan Antem and Chilean Ramiro Maturana have been chosen for the part of Conte Robinson, while Turkish Bekir Serbest and Italian Antonio Mandrillo will play the role of Paolino.
Il matrimonio segreto is one of the most interesting and best-known operas of Cimarosa, a clear example of 18th century opera buffa. The plot is full of impossible situations, disguises, and a happy end: A rich merchant wishing to climb up the social ladder tries to marry his two daughters to members of the aristocracy. But he ignores that one of his daughters has secretly married one of his employees.
This opera by Cimarosa has six roles that will be played by the twelve singers in the four performances of this co-production between Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. The music director for this show is Davide Levi while Roberto Catalano is the stage director.
The singers, whose age range from 22 year-old Seghers to Serbest, who is 31, will have several master classes on the island by director Giulio Zappa, soprano Mariella Devia and stage director Silvia Paoli.
Opera (e)Studio is a programme Ópera de Tenerife set up in 2013 with the aim of boosting young talents through comprehensive artistic improvement. Its permanent base is at Auditorio de Tenerife and in the previous years they staged Così fan tutte (2013), La Cenerentola (2014), Le nozze di Figaro (2015), Don Pasquale (2016), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2017), L’italiana in Algeri (2018) and L’elisir d’amore (2019).
Check last information about how to participate in Opera (e)Studio here.
The tests are for the cast of `Il matrimonio segreto´, the title chosen for the 8th year of this renowned programme
Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural venue under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by Enrique Arriaga, has announced the dates of the auditions for Ópera de Tenerife’s project Opera (e)Studio. The international tests will take place from 30 November to 18 December in four Italian and Spanish cities: Parma, Palermo, Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. If you are interested and have not applied yet you can do it until 6:00 pm on 10 November.
The singers chosen will take part in the eighth Opera (e)Studio, the comprehensive training academy for young artists directed by Giulio Zappa. They will go on stage on 18, 19, 20 and 21 March 2021 to perform Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, a co-production with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
Apart from Zappa, the project, which is known internationally, will have Davide Levi as musical director and Roberto Catalano as stage director; the costumes will be designed by Ilaria Ariemme and the lighting design will be by Fiammetta Baldiserri.
The auditions were meant to take place between 11th and 19th May 2020 but had to be put off because of the health crisis. So, the new dates for the 2020 auditions, unless the health situation prevents it again, are as follows: 30 November and 1 December in Parma, 3 December in Palermo; 15 and 16 December in Madrid, and on 18 December in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The purpose of this programme for young artists is to provide highly specialized training in the international opera field while it is also a springboard for many of the young talents. Singers from more than 24 different countries -including the auditions- have taken part in previous years. Ópera (e)Studio also highlights Auditorio de Tenerife’s technical production work and in 2019 and 2020 was recognised by the European Commission’s programme Creative Europe, which shows the development, sustainability, job creation and training.
Check last information about how to participate in Opera (e)Studio here.
Auditorio de Tenerife, part of the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, keeps working with the specialization academy Opera(e)Studio, which has made changes in its usual calendar. The current situation and its consequences in terms of safety and international mobility have led to the relocation of the auditions and the staging of the eighth opera, which is co-produced with Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
The auditions were meant to take place between 11 and 19 May 2020 in the Spanish municipalities of Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in the Italian cities of Parma and Palermo. We are currently trying to find the best date at the end of the present year to carry out these tests safely and with all the health and quality guarantees for participating singers.
Therefore, the calendar of this Ópera de Tenerife programme has changed. The production of Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa, that was scheduled for October 2020, will now take place in the first quarter of 2021, provided that this exceptional situation allows it. Later, the production and the same cast will travel to the two co-producing theatres.
Although the registration deadline was on 19 April, Ópera de Tenerife announced registration is to be kept open. In fact, with the aim of offering the best options to interested artists, the registration period is extended until further notice. The audition dates will be published as soon as possible on this website.
This programme for young artists aims to provide highly specialised training in the international opera field while also acting as a showcase and springboard for many of the singers. In past years candidates from more than 24 countries have taken part in the auditions. Ópera (e)Studio also shows the technical production work done at Auditorio de Tenerife, which in 2019 and 2020 was recognised by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme which reflects its development, sustainability, job creation and training.