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Circulation and Co-productions: The XII OLA meeting in Montevideo begins

Between August 13 and 16, 2019 the Sodre National Auditorium next to the Solís Theater in Montevideo will host the 12th Annual OLA Meeting and II Technical Forum, which gives continuity to the initiative held in 2017 in Buenos Aires.

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The high call generated by the first forum of technical directors of the OLA Network confirms the need and importance of the initiative led by the Technical Committee.

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The forum specialized in technical matters aims to design a policy of circulation of shows and promote co-production between members and the rest of the world. This with the intention of reaching a request for homologation of public, customs and visa policies.

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Some of the panels that will be developed during the second version of this meeting at the Auditorio Nacional del SODRE and the Teatro Solís will be the “Co-production Workshop”, “Contemporary Opera”, “Artistic Challenges and local productions” and the participation of CISTAS- UNTREF that will present on acoustic studies of Salas. Among the international guests is Andrea Puente – Catán, wife of the renowned Latin American composer Daniel Catán and in charge of relations with Latin America of San Diego Opera; and the director of the Staats Theater Karlsruhe, Peter Spuhler.

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Meet the speakers

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Andrea Puente-Catán, Director of Hispanic Affairs and Fundraising of San Diego Opera

Andrea Puente has had a multifaceted and diverse career. In the last eight years, her work as a promoter and lecturer on the work of her husband, teacher Daniel Catán, in the United States and in Latin America and Europe.

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In her years as a musician, she was the main harpist of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Malaga Orchestra in Spain, Carlos Chavez Orchestra, Orchestra of the Theater of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She has a Master’s Degree in Fundraising from the University of New York, NYU.

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She coordinated the project to finish the last unfinished opera of Master Catán, Meet John Doe, under the auspices of the Mellon Foundation and the Cincinnati Opera company. Under the support of FONCA / CONACULTA, and the advice of Mexican musicologist Leonora Saavedra wrote the catalog of musical composition 1972-2011. She assembled and structured the sheet music archive of Master Catán at the Henry Ransom Center of the University of Texas in the city of Austin where the original scores, as well as the epistolary and literary essay archives are gathered. She organized and donated the audio file of Catán’s work to be received and promoted by the National Fonoteca in Mexico.

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Her most active project is to promote and promote opera in Spanish abroad. She is currently Director of Hispanic Affairs and fundraising at the opera company in San Diego, California.

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Marcelo Lombardero, Stage Director

Linked to opera since his childhood, first as a member of the Children’s Choir and the Stable Choir of the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires and, later, as a renowned baritone in theaters in America and Europe. After retiring as a singer in 2005 to assume the artistic direction of the Colon – where he also created and directed the Chamber Opera – he began his career as a stage director at the Experimentation Center of that theater, especially standing out in the repertoire of the twentieth century .

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He has also collaborated with other important theaters in his country, such as the Teatro Argentino de La Plata, where he was artistic director. 

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He worked in theaters in France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, as well as other musical centers in Argentina such as the theaters Argentino de La Plata, Libertador de Córdoba, Nacional Cervantes, Teatro San Martín and Usina del Arte in the city of Buenos Aires and for the company Buenos Aires Lírica, in which he made the staging of: Otellode Verdi and Rossini, The turn of the screw de Britten, The brief life of De Falla, Tristán und Isolde, María de Buenos Aires de Piazzolla, Barbazul Castle, Tosca, Suor Angelica, Manon Lescaut, Macbeth, Satirycon, La clemenza di Tito, Marriage of Figaro; The Rake´s Progress, Lady Macbeth de Mstensk, Ariadne auf Naxos, Carmen, Das Rheingold, Don Giovanni, Rusalka, Die Zauberflaute, Diary of a disappeared person, Le pouvre matelot and Aliados, of S. Rivas and E. Buch, to cite Just some titles.

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He received the awards of the Argentine Musical Criticism 2004; Association of Critics of Shows 1997, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, Theaters of the World 2003; APES Association of Entertainment Journalists of Chile 2006, 2007, 2009; Clarín 2000, Konex-Diploma of Merit 2009, and the María Guerrero Prize was awarded by the Association Friends of the National Theater Cervantes. The production of Lady Macbeth of Mstensk that she presented at the Teatr Wielki in Poznan was awarded as the best opera production in the 2011-2012 season of Poland. In 2013 his production of Carmen presented at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico, received the Lunas award from the Auditorium of Mexico and his putting of Billy Budd de Britten in Santiago de Chile was distinguished by the Circle of Art Critics of Chile.

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In 2015 he was in charge of thestage direction Parsifal, within the framework of the lyric season of the Teatro Colón. And in 2016 he directed Macbeth de Verdi. He is currently Director of the Chamber Opera of the Teatro Colón.

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Zamira Pasceri

Zamira Pasceri studies music at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory in Turin, where she graduated in piano. In the same years she began his training in classical and contemporary dance, which she perfected in Milan. In her first professional experiences she already prefers cross-sectional projects. The interest in all the performing arts leads her to graduate in the school for actors of the Arsenale Theater in Milan. At the same time, she graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Music and Entertainment at the University of Turin.

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After a heterogeneous theatrical activity in 2004 she moved to Barcelona to enter, as an actress, in the Fura dels Baus. She works with all the artistic directors of the company in shows and festivals around the world; Then she begins to collaborate in the staging and choreography of Carlus Padrissa’s projects. She is co-director of Samson et Dalila at the Opera House in Rome, with the musical direction of Charles Dutoit.

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Among her collaborations with outstanding directors, Carmina Burana stands out in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, for more than 6,000 people, with the musical direction of Zubin Mehta. She is co-director and choreographer of Samson et Dalila at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, where she also worked in the Roman Trilogy of Respighi, under the baton of Georges Prêtre. She directs the Noye’s Fludde de Britten in the Auditorium Maestro Padilla de Almería with three hundred artists on stage. Collaboration continues with the Fura del Baus in the Klangwolke 2019 of Linz, and with operas such as Thamos, King of Egypt of Mozart for the Felstenreitshule of Salzburg and The Creation of Haydn represented, among other stages, in La Seine Musical de Paris, at the Lincoln Center in New York, at the Kaohsiung Opera House in Taiwan and the Art Center in Incheon-Seoul, Korea.

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Pablo Buela, General Director of the advertising agency PIMOD

Uruguayan, Entrepreneur, Bachelor of Social Communication at the Catholic University of Uruguay.

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General Director of PIMOD, integral advertising agency, with digital heart. Partner of PROP, the first online real estate agency in Uruguay. Partner of Premium Cars, the first online utomotive in Uruguay. President of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Uruguay. Integrates the board of the Gonzalo Rodríguez Foundation. Graduated from the Singularity University of the United States, NASA / California, and Ambassador of the Montevideo Chapter of said University.

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Participates giving courses and conferences on Online Marketing, Social Networks and Internet Business in various countries of Latin America. Former professor of the Catholic University of Uruguay in the Postgraduate in Communication in the field of Digital Marketing. Ex-columnist of the CLIX programs of CNN and Buen Día Uruguay on Channel 4 (Uruguay) on topics related to Technology, Internet and Online Marketing. AUDAP Director Uruguayan Association of Advertising Agencies

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Ariel Cazes, Director Lyric Area of ​​SODRE

Born in Uruguay and naturalized Italian, he has performed more than 70 operatic roles in the most important rooms in South America, Central America and Europe.

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He won first prizes in international competitions, and has sung alongside leading figures such as Leo Nucci, Dolora Zajick, José Cura, Carlos Alvarez, Luis Lima, Carlo Ventre, María José Siri, Nadine Secunde, Darío Volonté, Cinthya Makris, Anatholy Kotcherga, Sylvie Valayre and under the baton and régie of legendary Masters such as Franz Paul Decker, Edoardo Müller, Richard Bonynge, Roberto Oswald, Luigi Alva, Renato Palumbo, Michael Hämpe, Massimo Biscardi, Isaac Karabtchebsky, etc. 

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He participated in almost all lyrical seasons of Teatro Solís since its reopening in 2004, and also of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. His repertoire also includes Oratory and Symphonic-Choral music, having performed the 9th Beethoven Symphony at the inauguration of Audiorio Nacional del SODRE, at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and at the Municipal de Rio de Janeiro.

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Between 2010 and 2015 he was Artistic Director of SODRE, National Theater of Uruguay, appointed by the President of the Republic Don José Mujica Cordano.

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He has been a juror in various international lyric singing competitions such as Radio Filarmonía del Perú, among others. He currently holds the position of Director of the Lyrical Area and Director of Special Projects at SODRE, whose main task has been to lead the creation of the National Children’s and National Youth Choirs of the Institute.

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Peter Spuhler, Director Staats Theater Karlsruhe

Peter Spuhler was born in 1965 in Berlin. He studied direction and dramaturgy at the Max Reinhardt Seminary in Vienna, Austria, and received his diploma with honors and an award from the Austrian Ministry of Science for his staging.

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Since 1993 he assumed the direction of the children’s and youth theater for three years and was director and playwright at the Theater der Altmark / Landestheater Sachsen Anhalt-Nord in Stendal. He later moved to the Volkstheater Rostock, where he held several leadership positions during his tenure. Then Spuhler was a senior playwright and executive and took over the local acting direction.

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After his tenure in Rostock, Peter Spuhler was elected director of the Württemberg-Hohenzollern State Theater in Tübingen / Reutlingen. Under his leadership, the Landestheater achieved the highest number of performances of all theaters in the German-speaking world and the key to better efficiency of all theaters in Baden-Württemberg and became known throughout the country, especially through his innovative productions and his work with young authors.

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From 2005 to 2011, Peter Spuhler was the Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Theater and Orchestra of the City of Heidelberg. The number of subscribers increased to the highest level of the last 19 years. In addition, the Heidelberg Theater won an award for the “Best Concert Program”, the “Young Ears Award” for its multidisciplinary project “The New Wunderhorn”, grants from the Federal Cultural Foundation for exemplary projects and several individual nominations in annual surveys for The artists of the house. In 2010, the Heidelberg Theater became one of the “365 landmarks in the land of ideas” due to its commitment to make opera accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
In the summer of 2011 he was elected to the board of the Baden-Württemberg State Association of the theater club, in January 2012 as an expert member of the Karlsruhe City Culture Committee. In addition, he is a member of the German Academy of Performing Arts and the Rhein-Neckar Free Academy of Arts, the Chambre Professionnelle of the Directeurs d’Opéra, the French Intendant Association, member of the board of the European opera network “Opera Europe”.

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From July 2006 to October 2010, Peter Spuhler, who is also in charge of the “Heidelberger Stückemarkt”, “Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele” and “Winter in Schwetzingen” festivals in Heidelberg, was spokesman for the festival group of the Rhine metropolitan region -Neckar.

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In recent years, Spuhler has initiated a major remodeling of the Heidelberg Theater. With the help of a “citizen committee to save the theater”, it was possible to collect almost 20 million donations for this project in a few years. In March 2009, he and Cornelius Meister became the first honorary members of the “Citizens Committee”; In addition, Spuhler was a member of the Steering Group of Theater Rehabilitation until the end of his artistic direction in Heidelberg.

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In the spring of 2009, Peter Spuhler was elected Director General of the State Theater of Baden Karlsruhe and took office at the beginning of the 2011/12 season. He founded two new sections, “Junge Staatstheater” and the public participation section “Volkstheater” and opened a new study stage, as well as a rehearsal center. In addition, it became a “place in the land of ideas” with its idea of ​​a recycling opera and was one of three projects nominated as national winner “Culture.”

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Martín Jorge, Head of the Lyric Area of ​​the Municipality of Montevideo

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and graduated Orchestral and Choral Direction at the University of the Republic of Uruguay, in the chairs of Federico García Vigil and Sara Herrera. He completed his training as a director in themanagement courses Alfredo Rugelesin Venezuela, Zoslt Nagy in Santiago, Chile, and Piero Bellugi in New York.

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He debuted as musical director at the head of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo in 2000, and made his European debut in 2013 with the Kurpfälzisches Kammer Orchester of Mannheim. Since then he directs in Latin America, Germany, Spain, the United States and Italy.

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Between 2004 and 2018 he was the Principal Director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of El Salvador. After his retirement after fourteen seasons, in April 2018, he was appointed as the first Director Emeritus of the orchestra.
From 2012 he presented the conferences “History of the Orchestra”, “Times, genres and forms”, “Let’s talk opera: La Traviata” and “Let’s talk opera: Tosca” with the aim of bringing symphonic music and lyric theater To all public.
Since 2016 he dedicated himself to the recovery of the national lyrical repertoire presented concert versions of the operas San Francisco de Asis de Sambucetti with the Montevideo Symphony Band and L’ulitma gavotta de Cortinas with the Orchestra Youth SODRE.

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Currently, and since 2015, he is the principal conductor of theSymphony Band Montevideo, a pioneer symphonic cast in South America with 111 years of experience. In 2018 he was appointed as artistic manager of the Opera Season of the Municipality of Montevideo at the Teatro Solís.

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Martín Jorge was distinguished as a Young Artist of UNESCO for Peace in 1999, as a Public Servant of the Year 2009 in El Salvador and with the Morosoli Prize for Classical Music in 2016 in Uruguay.

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Agenda Montevideo 2019

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