On the stage of Teatro Colón, the director of the theatre, María Victoria Alcaraz and authorities of Buenos Aires presented the 2021 programme. This season brings a varieties of shows; lyrical titles, orchestras, choral concerts, ballet, anniversaries, women’s cycle, musicals, among others.
On Thursday the 18th, the launch of the 2021 artistic programme was presented on the stage of Teatro Colón, with the presence of Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, Head of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Felipe Miguel, Chief of Cabinet of the City of Buenos Aires, Enrique Avogadro, Minister of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires and María Victoria Alcaraz, General Director of the Colón Theatre.
María Victoria Alcaraz, General Director of Teatro Colón, opened the presentation ceremony and said: “Welcome to Teatro Colón. Today is a very special day that we want to share with all of you. In a different year in which we are starting the 2021 artistic season of Teatro Colón, a year that forces us to take measures to care for the public, artists and workers, to have a safe Theatre and so that finally, as is happening these days, the Curtain of this magnificent room opens to facilitate that magical encounter between the public and the artists with the proposals that Teatro Colón knows how to carry out. We are excited that again the walls of this building are impregnated with music and art thanks to the enormous effort of the entire Colón Theatre team, the support of the Ministry of Culture and Health of the City to make it possible to raise the curtain, turn on the lights and wait for the public. ”
Meanwhile, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta shared: “Thanks to María Victoria and the entire team at Teatro Colón who are with us today, it is an enormous joy to be here. The Colón Theatre is one of the symbols of Culture and of Buenos Aires, that is why this emotion. I know that they are taking all the precautions necessary, everything for the Colón to return with all its splendor and with more and more people who can come and enjoy it. ”
The Minister of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, Enrique Avogadro, expressed: “We are very happy because thanks to the joint coordination with the Ministry of Health of the City, and working on the main objective of guaranteeing a safe theater for workers, the artists and the public, we can present the programme of our beloved Teatro Colón for this year. This cultural space, an international icon and where great figures have passed, once again shows its best face with unique proposals. ”
On his part, Felipe Miguel stated: “Culture is more than entertainment, it is an engine of development. In recent years we have worked so that more residents and tourists enjoy the works of the Colón, one of the best opera houses in the world. The launch of its programming this year is even more special because it reopens its doors to the public. The experience of being in the room is unique and unmissable for that reason it gives us great pride, in addition to being a source of work for many people: artists and cultural workers. ”
The 2021 programme will offer 6 lyrical titles, starting with Altri Canti, Three Little Dramas in Music by the composer Claudio Monteverdi during the months of April and May with musical direction by Marcelo Birman and stage direction by Pablo Maritano, to then continue in June with Theodora , Oratorio in semi-stage version by Georg Friedrich Haendel for an actress, 5 singers and orchestra with dramaturgical version and stage direction by Alejandro Tantanian under the baton of César Bustamante; Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo will be presented in concert version in July; La Finta Giardinera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, under the musical direction of Srba Dinic and the stage direction of Hugo De Ana will be a New Production of Teatro Colón with the Carlo Felice Theater of Genoa that will be presented during the month of October and El Cónsul de Gian Carlo Menotti, under the baton of Marcelo Ayub and the stage direction of Rubén Szuchmacher will surprise by being a new production of Teatro Colón that will close the 2021 lyrical titles during the month of November.
Under the direction of Paloma Herrera, the Stable Ballet of Colón Theatre will begin its presentations in the month of May with a Mixed Programme, the choreography that opens the program was created by the dancer Maximiliano Iglesias at the end of 2020 and the second neoclassical choreography that will premiere the Stable Ballet is by Alejandro Cervera entitled Itinerario Piazzolla, on the centenary of his birth. To then continue from August 31 and during the month of September interpreting one of the great jewels of romantic ballet, Giselle, by the French composer Adolphe Adam with choreography by Gustavo Mollajoli, while in December the Stable Ballet will delight us with one of the most representative titles of classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty by Piotr Illich Tchaikovski with choreography by Mario Galizzi and under the musical direction of Ezequiel Silberstein.
In the year of its 75th anniversary, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, under the conduction of maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke, will display all its versatility in a program that includes a total of 14 concerts starting on Thursday, April 29 with Das Lied von der Erdeun by Gustav Mahler.
The agenda of the different concerts will feature the participation of guest soloists such as Guadalupe Barrientos (mezzo-soprano), Gustavo López Manzitti (tenor), José Araujo (cello), Javier Dragún (double bass), Iván Rutkauskas (piano), Fernando Ciancio (trumpet) Alina Traine (harp), Fernanda Morello (piano), Richard Alonso (tuba) Alexander Romanosky (piano), Iñaki Alberdi (accordion), María Joao Pires (piano) and Midori (violin) among others.
National and international invited teachers will be present with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, such as David del Pino Klinge, Natalia Larangeira, Federico Jusid, Diego Censabella, Baldur Brönimann, Josep Vicent and Alejo Pérez among others.
Beethoven Festival 2021, from Saturday August 7 to Saturday 21, the Teatro Colón will celebrate the 80 years of the virtuous Argentine pianist Martha Argerich and the 85 years of Charles Dutoit in an unforgettable festival that includes concerts with orchestra, chamber music and recitals. With the comprehensive Beethoveniana of concerts for piano and orchestra as its center, the Festival will have great protagonists and will promote long-awaited encounters. Argerich and Dutoit will be reunited with the stable casts of the house, after more than a decade of their last shared concert. They will also perform for the first time at Teatro Colón with her daughter Annie Dutoit-Argerich, interpreting Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Story, in a year that adds tributes to the Russian composer.
The 2021 programme integrates numerous musical cycles with various proposals offering a wide range of formats and genres such as the Women in Music selection, a cycle dedicated to bringing together the great voices, performers, composers and directors in 4 presentations with a repertoire ranging from the baroque to contemporary music. Starting in the month of May with a presentation concert by the new assistant director of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Natalia Larangeira. To continue with a Chamber Concert with works by the composers: Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Wieck, Alma Mahler – Werfel, Cécile Chaminade, Rebecca Clarke, Pauline Viardot, Lili Boulanger, Isabel Aretz, Amy Beach and Eva Lopszyc together with the interpreters Daniela Tabernig (soprano), Carola Costa (piano) Cecilia Cabriza (flute), Diana Lopszyc (piano), Marina López (clarinet), Diana Gasparini (viola) and Fernanda Morello (piano).
It will be followed by a Baroque Concert that will feature the performance of the performers Marisú Pavón (soprano), Joëlle Perdaens, (baroque violin) Maria Jesús Olondríz (baroque cello), Dolores Costoyas (theorbo) and Laura Fainstein Sestopal (theorbo and baroque guitar). To end in November with the presentation of the Sofía Gubaidulina Contemporary Concert with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra and the soloist participation of the pianist Marcela Roggeri.
The Recitals 2021 cycle will feature a varied selection of Argentine singers and guest pianists offering throughout the year a broad panorama of chamber song. More than 20 outstanding Argentine singers will participate in the cycle, such as Carla Filipcic Holm, Víctor Torres, Adriana Mastrángelo, Jaquelina Liveri, Lucas Debevec Mayer, Marina Silva, Ricardo Seguel, Guadalupe Barrientos, Paula Almerares, Laura Pisani, Alejandra Malvino, Daniela Tabernig, Darío Schmunck, Hernán Iturralde and Oriana Favaro, among others.
The program of the Great Interpreters cycle will feature the special participation of excellent international voices with a total of 7 recitals, among them Ainoha Arteta, Diana Damrau, Sondra Radvanovsky, Kristine Opolais and the mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova stand out.
The Great Pianists cycle will bring together the virtuosity of four great pianists during the year starting in May, with the presence of Homero Francesch, Javier Perianes, Kate Liu and Bruno Gelber.
The Stable Orchestra of the Teatro Colón will offer 7 concerts with outstanding musical directors such as Maximiano Valdés, Javier Logioia Orbe, Mario Perusso and Mika Eichenholz, among others.
The Stable Choir, under the direction of Miguel Martínez, will captivate us with 3 special choral concerts starting in June with a Chamber Concert with works by Brahms, Schumann, Fauré and Rossini. To then continue with the Petite Messe Solennelle, a sacred composition by Rossini and end in December with a tribute to Ariel Ramírez on his centenary with Criolla Mass and Our Christmas.
The Contemporary Cycle will include 4 proposals: Entreacto, an experimental film concert with live music, Oboe and strings, this programme will present contemporary examples of writing for quartet and quintet with oboe, Laborintus II, the work that Luciano Berio composed to celebrate the 700 years of the birth of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), ending in November with Introitus, in which the pianist Marcela Roggeri will present the first Argentine audition of Sofía Gubaidulina’s concerto for piano and chamber orchestra.
The Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón will carry out a survey of the state of contemporary music in the last 30 years. This being a space dedicated to promoting a vast universe of musical possibilities in which calls for future creations and projects will be held throughout the year.