The Ópera de Tenerife presents its 2022-2023 season with a mix of classic and contemporary titles
The island councilor for Culture, Enrique Arriaga, explained that in the new season of the Ópera de Tenerife “the commitment to an offer that mixes contemporary titles with proposals by classical composers is maintained, thus managing to reach all audiences”. Fuenteovejuna opens the new cycle in October and concludes in June 2023 with the symphonic poem Tannhäuser.
The Cabildo de Tenerife presents the new season of Ópera de Tenerife, where justice, revenge and passion are the stars of the proposals. The details of the seven titles, which begin in October 2022 and last until June 2023, were given by the Vice President and Minister of Culture of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Enrique Arriaga, and the Island Director of Culture, Alejandro Krawietz.
The Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga explained that “the commitment to an offer that mixes contemporary titles with proposals by classical composers is maintained, thus managing to reach all audiences, from the uninitiated to the most purist, also including our tourists, who highly value our cultural offer”. “For us it is important that the audience continues to grow and that is why we continue with the Ópera en Familia program, where the titles are adapted to younger audiences”, assured the counselor, who emphasized a maxim of his Area: “Culture It is safe and necessary.
Alejandro Krawietz recalled that “in the season that has just ended we began to open a new line of research in the contemporary space of opera to bring citizens closer to both different ways of staging classic titles and the contemporary languages of current works. ”. The new season continues on this path, with “the objective of Ópera de Tenerife to begin to include a wide range of operatic expression”, according to the island director.
This new offer includes the productions Fuenteovejuna, Un ballo in maschera (A masked ball), The old maid and the thief (The old maid and the thief), Der Zwerg (The dwarf), The little sweep (The little chimney sweep) and the symphonic poem Tannhäuser, in addition to the traditional lyrical gala that brings together seven artists around the figure of Nancy Fabiola Herrera.
The season begins with Fuenteovejuna, by Jorge Muñiz, a contemporary opera in Spanish with a libretto by Javier Almuzara, which will take place on October 18, 20 and 22 at the Sala Sinfónica. This three-act opera was premiered in Asturias in 2018 and is the product of a commission from Ópera de Oviedo to the composer to celebrate 400 years since the creation of the work of Lope de Vega, one of the most outstanding texts of the Century of Spanish gold. The musical direction is carried out by Santiago Serrate and the stage direction is by Miguel del Arco. The cast is made up of María Miró, Antonio Gandía, Felipe Bou, Luis Cansino, David Astorga, Isabella Gaudí, Belén Elvira and Fernando Latorre.
A classic like Giuseppe Verdi appears in the second proposal of the season: Un ballo in maschera (A masked ball). It is a co-production between the Auditorio de Tenerife and the Teatro Regio di Parma, which will be staged on November 22, 24 and 26. Alessandro d’Agostini and Marina Bianchi are responsible for the musical and stage direction, respectively. José Bros, Sergey Kaydalov, Monica Zanettin, Enkeledja Shkoza and Sofía Esparza make up the cast that narrates the assassination of King Gustaf of Sweden at a masquerade ball at the hands of a gentleman from the court.
This season’s lyrical gala revolves around the figure of the mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, who has gathered a series of guests at the Tenerife Auditorium to celebrate 25 years since her premiere in the main role of Carmen. On December 10, Yolanda Auyanet, Liping Zhang, Rubén Amoretti, Ramón Vargas, José Carbó, Leonel Gasso and María del Mar Moreno will be at the Symphony Hall, under the musical direction of José Miguel Pérez-Sierra.
The first title of 2023 will take place on January 21, 22, 28 and 29 and will be the revival of the chamber opera The old maid and the thief, which Ópera de Tenerife premiered in Spain on last January. It is a work commissioned by the American NBC radio to the musician Gian Carlo Menotti, who also wrote the libretto. It premiered in 1939 on the radio to great acclaim and was later adapted by Menotti so that it could be brought to the stage, which first took place in Philadelphia in 1941.
The musical direction of this production will be carried out by Javier Lanis and the stage direction by Alicia Peraza. The cast of the four singers is made up of Silvia Zorita, Fernando Campero, Candelaria González and Estefanía Perdomo, who share the stage with the actors Javier Socorro and Joel Hernández, and the councilman Luis López Tejedor.
On March 7, 9 and 11, the opera Der Zwerg (The Dwarf), the most emblematic work of the Austrian author Alexander von Zemlinsky, will arrive at the Tenerife Auditorium for the first time. The operas of Lille, Rennes, the Royaumont Foundation and the Caen Theater produce this production in which the infanta of Spain receives a dwarf among her birthday presents. Alessandro Palumbo and Daniel Jeanneteau assume the musical and stage directions, respectively, and will feature Mojca Erdmann, Beatriz Díaz, Phillip Jekal Dmitry Golovnin and Nina Solodovnikova in the main roles.
This season offers The little sweep (The little chimney sweep) as an opera proposal for the whole family. It will be on April 15 and 16 when this production by Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena will be staged with a cast made up of Carmen Mateo, Ramiro Maturana, Mar Campo, César Arrieta and Laura del Río, under the musical direction of Maya Barsacq and with Stefano Monti domo stage director.
The 2022-2023 cycle of Ópera de Tenerife will end with the symphonic poem in three movements for choir and orchestra Tannhäuser, a work by Pedro Halffter that has been inspired by the opera of the same name by Richard Wagner. It will be Halffter himself who returns to the Tenerife Auditorium as musical director for these evenings on June 9 and 10.
As usual, the Tenerife Symphony will be in charge of putting the music in all the productions, with the exception of the chamber opera, which will be performed by Javier Lanis at the piano. One more year, the Coro Ópera de Tenerife will also play a leading role in the season.
The season ticket campaign starts today for the renewal of season ticket holders for the 2019-2020 season, who have a preferential term until May 31. As of June 7, the period opens for people who want to join the Club Ópera, while as of July 7, single tickets will go on sale.
The price of the Club Ópera season ticket is from 100 euros and represents a 20 percent discount on the cost of tickets. Subscribers who incorporate a new member of the club will have an additional discount of 10 percent. Members of a large family (-30%) also obtain an advantageous subscription and the offer is maintained for young people under 30 years of age, who can enjoy the five productions -all except the chamber opera and the family opera- for 20 euros, that is, four euros per title.