The ABAO on Stage Gala brings together eight great figures of the national lyric

ABAP Bilbao Opera

La Gala ABAO on Stage meet on saturday 24 April at the Euskalduna Bilbao at 19:00h, to eight great artists as a tribute to the culture and as an act of recognition to the singers who have been affected by the impossibility of celebrating some of the operas of the season. Carmen Solis, Itziar de Unda, Silvia Tro Santafe, Celso Albelo, Sergio Escobar, Moses Marin, Juan Jesús Rodríguez and Simón Orfila, will sing a combined opera and zarzuela program at ABAO for the first time, sponsored by the BBVA Foundation.

The Gala was born from the will to support artists who are suffering in a unique way the consequences of the pandemic, with an unequivocal message in defense of the culture and talent of the professionals who collaborate with the Association.


  • Seven duets and arias for opera and six for zarzuela.
  • An unprecedented evening at ABAO, who has only performed zarzuela on two occasions with the Caserío Y Marina, both in 1980.

Títulos de Saint-Saëns, Bellini, Bizet, Verdi y Donizetti, they put music to the first part, dedicated to opera. The extensive and varied program will begin with the delicate overture of The yellow princess Camille Saint-Saëns, performed for the first time in ABAO, and stands out for its symphonic and instrumental quality.

Carmen Solís and Silvia Tro Santafé will start with the duo “Mira o Norma… Si, up to the last hour "de Rule. A repertoire piece for soprano and mezzo-soprano, of great dramatic force and one of the best known of Bellini's opera.

Celso Albelo will take over with "Je crois comprere encore" by The Pearl Fishers, the difficult aria for tenor most emblematic of Bizet's opera, that moves by its magical beauty.

Bass Simón Orfila will begin with “Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima parea… Oltre quel limite, I await you, o spectrum ”de la ópera Attila de Giuseppe Verdi. The aria of the opera protagonist who dreams that in his advance towards Rome, a tall and strong old man blocks his way.

Another duo, this time formed by the tenor Sergio Escobar and the baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez, they will give an account of the piece “È lui! Desso! The infant!… God who in the soul instill "de la versión italiana de Don Carlo de Giuseppe Verdi, with great musical richness and deep sound.

Verdi continues in the program with the baritone Juan Jesús Rodriguez performing “Eri tu” by A masquera dance. One of the most beautiful arias of the composer Busseto for baritone, that Renato sings at the beginning of the third act of the opera, and that discovers the strong feelings of the character. The harp plays a fundamental role in this piece.

The last two scenes in this part of the program are for works by Gaetano Donizetti. In the first, the duo starring Silvia Tro Santafé and Simón Orfila will perform “Tutta in voi la luce mia” by Anna Bolena, a theme of great lyricism and brilliant symphonic sonority.

Itziar de Unda and Moisés Marín will end the first part with “Caro elisir! you are mine!… Esulti pur la barbara ”de L'elisir d'amore, one of the most performed operas of all time.

The second part of the program is dedicated to zarzuela with works by Jacinto Guerrero, Ernesto Lecuona, José Serrano, Pablo Sorozábal and Manuel Fernández Caballero.

Vitality, The colorful, popular and contagious music and joy, will come from the hand of duos and soloists in the selected pieces of: The Monteria, Maria de la O, The joy of the battalion, The barmaid port, The one with the bunch of roses Y The duo of La Africana.


After studying piano at the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University, he was the first Spaniard to be awarded the prestigious “Bruno Walter” scholarship for conducting to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

His career has led him to direct most of the first-rate Spanish orchestras and he has worked in important Spanish opera houses.. Between 2015 Y 2019 He has been the titular Musical Director of the Teatro de la Zarzuela.

Conducts the Bilbao Sinfonietta, a chamber orchestra made up of long-standing instrumentalists who endorse the talent of this energetic and solid formation.

Great artists loved by the Bilbao public


One of the most outstanding Spanish soprano voices on the current scene. He has performed on the main national stages, highlighting his performances in operas such as A masked ball, The Troubadour, Tosca, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Bohemian, The Marriage of Figaro or the zarzuela The Wildcat. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he performed in 2010 with The Marriage of Figaro.


In the repertoire of the Bilbao soprano stand out: Bohemian, Jenufa, The trip to Reims, The director of the theater, Parsifal, The Marriage of Figaro, Otello, Carmen, among other. He also stands out in zarzuela and oratorio with performances in The barberillo Lavapies O The seamstress. In season 2015-2016 participated in the absolute premiere of the opera Txanozuritxu in the Abao Txiki season. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he has collaborated since 2003 in more than a dozen titles, the last time in Semiramide in 2019.


The Valencian mezzo-soprano sings in the best theaters and festivals in the world where she stands out with titles such as The Barber of Seville, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Così fan tutte, Cinderella, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Werther, Maria Stuarda, Lucrezia Borgia, among a wide repertoire. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he has performed in Robert Deverux in 2015 and in Rule in 2018.


The international tenor from Tenerife sings in the great theaters of the world in titles such as, I Puritani, L'elisir d'amore, Lucia of Lammermoor, to Favorites, Roberto Devereux, Lucrezia Borgia, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Werther O Rigoletto. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he debuted in 2012 with L'elisir d'amore starring in the first encore at the Euskaluna. Later he has performed in the ABAO Concert with Patrizia Ciofi in 2013, I puritani in 2014 Y Lucrezia Borgia in 2016.


Regular performer in the main lyrical seasons of the country, the tenor excels in character roles like Goro, Jaquino, Albazar, Incredible, Steuermann, Monostatos, Pang, Patched up, Don Curzio, Abdallo, Norman or Spoletta. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he debuted last season at the Jerusalem in Verdi.


Since its debut in 2012 with Don Carlo, The Toledo-born tenor has performed in Europe and America in titles such as Tosca, Macbeth O Madama Butterfly, among others, with great success. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he debuted in 2019 with the role of Arvino in The Lombards in the First Crusade.


Considered one of the best Verdian baritones today, has developed an important international career in the great opera houses of the world with titles such as: Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, l Troubadour, La Traviata), Otello, Nabucco, Macbeth, Don Carlo, A masked ball, Attila, Sicilian Vespers, Falstaff, Luisa Miller, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Lucia of Lammermoor, I Puritani, Roberto Devereux, O La Boheme. A great lover and defender of the Spanish repertoire, he is a regular guest at the Teatro Nacional de la Zarzuela. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he has performed on five occasions, last last season as Lord Enrico Ashton in Lucia of Lammermoor.


The repertoire of the bass-baritone Simón Orfila includes titles such as Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, La Clemenza di Tito, Rule, I Puritani, Anna Bolena, L'elisir d'amore, Maria Stuarda, Lucia of Lammermoor, The favourite, Lucrezia Borgia, La Donna del Lago, Cinderella, The Barber of Seville, William Tell, Semiramide, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Don Carlo, Carmen O Bohemian. Sing regularly in the best theaters with the most reputable conductors. At ABAO Bilbao Opera he has performed four titles: Lucia of Lammermoor, I puritani, Don Giovanni Y Semiramide.


The seats for the recital can be purchased at affordable rates for all audiences: 25€ ABAO partners up to 35 years, and € 50 the rest of ABAO members; and € 35 the sale price to the young public up to 35 years and € 70 for the adult audience.

They can be purchased at ABAO offices, through and on the phone: 944 355 100