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The Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo presents its programming for 2022 | Ópera Latinoamérica

The Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo presents its programming for 2022

During 2022 the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo will present a diverse offer of excellence in performing arts, with a selection of the most outstanding artists from Colombia and the world in Bogotá. Spain will be the Guest Country of Honor with a selection of shows that will offer an in-depth look at its contemporary creation, highlighting the Basque Window. In 2022 it will feature internationally renowned artists such as the great Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, the Japanese butoh dance company Sankai Juku, the famous pianist from Georgia Khatia Buniatishvili, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra and the writer, Argentine playwright and actress Camila Sosa Villada.

The Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo is a stage of the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, through the Secretariat of Culture, Recreation and Sports and IDARTES, whose management is possible thanks to a public-private model that has the contributions of the city, the Generous support from the Santo Domingo family and the contribution of the transversal allies Bancolombia and Caracol Televisión, as well as Sura and Grupo Energía Bogotá and support from the Ministry of Culture.


Symphonic orchestras, lyric, chamber and old music, voices of the world, Colombian music, theater and dance, national and international, will be present in the program of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theater, which in 2022 will have Spain as Guest Country of Honor with a Basque Window and a Norwegian Spotlight.


The lyric will have a prominent presence in 2022 with the Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, who has been recognized by critics for the quality of his voice and his commitment to impersonating the Duke in ‘Rigoletto’, by Verdi, and Rodolfo, in ‘La Boheme’ , by Puccini, operas that he has presented at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan. Important exponents of lyrical singing will also be present, such as the Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas, the Argentine soprano Verónica Cangemi and the Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, who will be with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.


Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená. Photo: Julia Wesely


In addition, reaffirming the commitment of the Teatro Mayor with the development of opera in Colombia, at the end of August ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, will be presented under the musical direction of the Austrian Martin Haselböck and the stage direction of Pedro Salazar .


The Great Concerts season will feature groups from the UK, Holland and Canada. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra, conducted by noted violinist Joshua Bell, will perform. There will also be the Rotterdam Sinfonia, which has achieved worldwide recognition thanks to the musical quality of its members and the powerful personality of its conductor, Conrad van Alphen, and the Longueuil Symphony Chamber Orchestra, with conductor and violinist Alexandre da Costa and the pianist Jean Philippe Sylvestre.


The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra, conducted by violinist Joshua Bell.



The Colombia is Music season will bring together Walter Silva, a renowned interpreter of llanera music, on our stage; the rock group Don Tetto and the Puerto Candelaria group, who will celebrate Bogotá’s birthday with a presentation with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra entitled ‘Puerto Candelaria Filarmónico’.


As the guest of honor, Spain will present artists from all disciplines. In flamenco there will be Eduardo Guerrero, described by critics as a “brutal, radical dancer, who dances with rage, with the viscera”, who will present his show ‘Sombra epímera II’, and with the work ‘¡Viva!’ from the Manuel Liñán company, which makes a deep reflection on gender identity through dance. Furthermore, the Catalan viologist Jordi Savall, co-founder of one of the most recognized historical performance orchestras in Europe, Le Concert des Nations, will be part of the Early Music season; The Acento Trio, made up of three outstanding violin, viola and cello players, will be in the Chamber Music season, and the Sigma Project quartet will perform as part of the Basque Window.


The bailaor Eduardo Guerrero.


This cultural exchange will be possible thanks to the support of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music INAEM of the Ministry of Culture, the Institute of Basque Culture: Etxepare Euskal Institutua, the Agency for International Cooperation for Development AECID and the Embassy of Spain In colombia.


As part of the Norwegian spotlight, the Orkester Nord group will perform with the oratory ‘The Triumph of Time and Disappointment’ by George Friedrich Händel, and the Engegård Quartet with works by Mozart, Hayden and Schubert.


The Japanese company Sankai Juku will be one of the protagonists of the dance season with a show in which it will share the tradition of butoh dance, and in the multidisciplinary creation strip ‘Gentle Unicorn ‘, by the Italian Chiara Bersani, will investigate what the artist calls the political dimension of the body.


In the Theater season, the writer, playwright and actress Camila Sosa Villada, winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for her novel ‘Las malas’, will present the play ‘Carnes Tolendas, scenic portrait of a transvestite’, and it will premiere ‘Amo y criado (where there are grievances there is no jealousy)’, by Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, a classic of Spanish theater, which will be directed by Eduardo Vasco, one of the most prominent directors in that country today. This last work is a co-production of the Teatro Mayor, Teatro Libre and the Festival del Teatro Clásicos in Alcalá, Spain.


Finally, the Teatro Mayor’s programming will include the Tango and Fado festivals, with some of the greatest exponents of these genres. And in the Family season there will be national companies such as La Gata Cirko, and international companies such as the Per Poc Puppet Company from Spain, with a version of ‘Cat in boots’ together with the Baroque Ensemble of Bogotá.


Thus, in 2022 the performing arts programming of the Teatro Mayor will continue to show excellence and diversity and will incorporate creators and works that reflect and provoke current issues such as gender diversity, inclusion and care for the environment.


Parallel to the offer of face-to-face performing arts shows, the Theater will continue with a large digital program thanks to the Digital Theater, the platform, of Bancolombia and the Mayor Theater, which presents a show for free online every Thursday; Teatropedia, SURA’s project, which develops pedagogical content around the performing arts for teachers and families, and One Hundred Thousand Niños al Mayor, which allows children and young people to meet the languages ​​of creation, and which during the pandemic has arrived at the children’s house and now at their schools, thanks to Canal Capital.


“I want to thank the contribution of the public and private co-managers and the support of the allies that make the 2022 programming possible and invite the people of Bogota to attend and enjoy the programming of the Teatro Mayor. It is your presence that gives meaning to what we do. To that extent, we renew our commitment to make these scenarios the magical space that enriches and renews the lives of citizens ”.Ramiro Osorio, General Director of the Teatro Mayor