Don Giovanni and Fidelio, the lyric bets in 2020 of the Teatro Mayor of Bogotá

Along with two co-productions with the Ópera de Colombia, the guest of honor for the year 2020 will be Canada, which will have an unmissable offer of music, theater and proposals for the family. In addition, Colombian artists will be protagonists and co-productions of music and theater will be presented. 


The Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo launches its program for 2020, which will have as guests some of the most important orchestras of classical music, as well as choreographers, pianists and top-level chamber groups.


With the presentation of the show Journey through the ancient Chinese dance, on January 23 and 24, the 2020 program of the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo will begin, which will have numerous figures of the world performing arts in its Dance, Music, Theater, Family, Creators with special abilities and Multidisciplinary Creation.


In the part of Lyric, the Teatro Mayor will premiere two great productions in co-production with the Ópera de Colombia, starting with Don Giovanni, from Mozart, in a version that will feature the stage direction of the Argentine Marcelo Lombardero (February 25, 27 and 29 ). In September, the turn will be for Fidelio, the only opera that Ludwig Van Beethoven composed, which is performed during the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the famous German composer.

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

One of the stellar presences in 2020 will be that of Frenchman Philippe Jaroussky, one of the most important contratenores of his generation, which will be presented next to the orchestra Le Concert de la Loge (October 30). They also the highlight Collegium Vocale Gent of Belgium, which will interpret the Bach Mass itself (March 18), and the Choir of Madrigalistas de Bellas Artes de México, with the concert Degenerated Music, with works by musicians banned in Germany during Nazism (December 16). On the other hand, the group Scintilla of the Zurich Opera Chamber Orchestra will perform on June 23.


In the section of great concerts, on July 25 the Theater will receive again the outstanding Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who will be the baton of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra of Germany. Another Venezuelan, Domingo Hindoyán, will lead the Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, a group founded by the widow and the children of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (June 10 and 11). There will also be the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, along with the famous Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova (May 12); and the Academy of St. Martin In The Fields of the United Kingdom, which, among other outstanding works, recorded the soundtrack of the movie Amadeus, and is directed by the famous American violinist Joshua Bell, winner of the 2000 Grammy Award (25 of November).


In 2020, the guest of honor will be Canada, whose rich and diverse tradition will be represented by artists from different generations and disciplines, from classical music, with the presentation of the Longueuil Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Alexandre Da Costa (August 5), until the proposals for the family audience with Cirque Alfonse and his show Tabarnak (January 30 to February 2) and the work Stretchy, by Estelle Clareton (November 21 and 22). One of the main guests will be Robert Lepage, a key figure in contemporary theater, who will present, with his company Ex Machina, the play 887, a trip to the realm of memory (December 2 and 3). This payroll is complemented by the grouping Article 11 and his piece Deer Woman, a heartbreaking look at the situation of indigenous women in Canada (August 14 and 15), and pianist Alexander Panizza (July 8).


True to its tradition of presenting leading international dance companies, this year the Teatro Mayor It will feature artists such as Briton Akram Khan, who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Juliette Binoche and designed one of the acts of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Khan will present one of his most recent creations in Bogotá, Outwitting the Devil (April 28 and 29). The German company Tanz Mainz, with Soul Chain, of the Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal (July 3 and 4), and the Spaniards María Pagés (One ode at the time, February 7 and 8) and Eduardo Guerrero (Ephemeral Shadow II, October 2 and 3). The Colombian participation will consist of Triknia Dance Company, with Aloysa by Carlos Jaramillo (March 13 and 14), and the new production of the Alma en Movimiento program of the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo (July 4).

Outwitting the Devil, Akram © Jean Louis Fernandez

Outwitting the Devil, Akram © Jean Louis Fernandez

The programme Chamber Music will have artists such as the Engegård Quartet of Norway, which will be presented as part of the Bogota Book Fair; the pianist Guerassim Voronkov and the violinist Ala Voronkova, with the recital Jewels of Russian ballet; French guitarist Thibault Cauvin and the return of The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center. While the cycle Great pianists will have outstanding figures such as the Russian Dmitry Masleev, winner of the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Competition; Georgian Khatia Buniatishvili, who has worked alongside artists such as Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta and the Coldplay band, and one of the great masters of the instrument, the German Christian Zacharias.


The musical part will have the return to the Teatro Mayor of stars such as the Uruguayan Jorge Drexler, winner of the Oscar and several Grammy awards, which will present hison March 7 and 8 silent tour. The spectators can also enjoy the Peruvian Susana Baca and the Colombian Toto La Momposina, who will sing together on July 11; the Burhan Öçal İstanbul Oriental Ensemble, from Turkey, and Gulaza, from Israel, with their interpretation of traditional songs of the women of Yemen.


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The Fado Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Amália Rodrigues, the most emblematic artist of this Portuguese genre, with the presence of two singers of great popularity: Mísia and Cuca Roseta.


The Colombian presence in this line will be adorned with some of the most important representatives of folklore and new music: El Cholo Valderrama, Puerto Candelaria, which will celebrate its 20 years; The Rolling Ruanas, La Mojarra Eléctrica and Walter Silva, and, in jazz, Nicolás Ospina, Tico Arnedo, Samuel Torres and the Big Band Bogotá. In addition, the Teatro Mayor will once again be the scene of the launch of the most important musical festivals in the country: the Colombian Music Festival, the Vallenata Legend, the Núñez Monkey and the Porro Festival. 

Tabarnak, Cirque Alfonse © Nicolas Descoteauxtif

Tabarnak, Cirque Alfonse © Nicolas Descoteauxtif

In Theater, the co-productions that the Teatro Mayor will premiere with important representatives of the Colombian scene stand out: the La Candelaria Theater, which will be presented by NayraPetra Theater, with good and bad (or good and bad), the new work of Fabio Rubiano; Alegría Station, from Teatro Azul with the Spanish director Natalia Menéndez; and Aquiles o el guerrillero, from Teatro Chimera.


The theatrical programming will be complemented by Bent, an adaptation of the Martin Sherman classic directed by Juan Fisher; Your hand in mine, by L’Om Imprebís, inspired by the correspondence of Antón Chéjov with his partner Olga Knipper, and the Special Functions of the Tchyminigagua Foundation.


The program will be completed with the family proposals, the assemblies of our Creators with special abilities, with the groups Sign and VerbTheater of the Deaf (Mexico), Mobile Dance (Spain) and Dance without Borders (Argentina), and the line and Multidisciplinary creation, in which the Italian writer Alessandro Baricco will be with About time and love, among other guests.


Top 10 of the unmissable

  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra (July 25)
  • Mozarteum Salzburg (June 10 and 11)
  • Philippe Jaroussky & Le Concert de la Loge (October 30)
  • Don Giovanni, in co-production with the Colombian Opera. Musical direction: José Areán (Mexico), stage direction: Marcelo Lombardero (Argentina). With the participation of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá (February 25, 27 and 29)
  • Akram Khan Company – Outwitting the Devil (April 28 and 29)
  • Cirque Alfonse – Tabarnak (January 30 to February 2)
  • Robert Lepage – 887 ( December 2 and 3)
  • El Cholo Valderrama (August 15)
  • Jorge Drexler – Silent Tour (March 7 and 8)
  • María Pagés – One ode at a time (February 7 and 8)