#ABAOencasa programming of 19 al 26 of April

ABAO Bilbao Opera

ABAO Bilbao Opera ccontinue with your programming #ABAOcasa and this is what the week of 19 al 26 of April:



Monday 20 of April

LA BOHEME (G. Puccini)

Represented in October 2018

Ainhoa ​​Arteta (Mimí), Rodolfo Teodor Ilincai (Rodolfo), Artur Ruciski (Marcello), Jessica Nuccio (Musetta), David Menendez (Schaunard), Krzysztof Bączyk (Colline), Fernando Latorre (Benoit and Alcindoro), Director musical: Pedro Halffter, Stage-manager: Mario Pontiggia, choir director: Boris Dujin, Bilbao Opera Choir, Sdad Children's Choir. Bilbao Coral, Symphony.

The unmistakable title of Giacomo Puccini, opened the season 2018/2019 with a Mimi of breaks and tears, as is the one that Ainhoa ​​Arteta has always sung. She is an unlimited connoisseur of the feminine personality of the composer's characters and that is why her temperament is so well suited to all her recreations.

Wednesday 22 of April

BILLY BUDD (B. Britten)

Represented in October 2009

Nathan Gunn (Billy Budd), Timothy Robinson (Captain Vere), Sir John Tomlinson (John Claggart), Christopher Robertson (Mr. Redburn), Johannes Weisser (Mr. Flint), Fernando Latorre (Lieutenant Ratcliffe), Hans Jürgen Schöpflin (Red Whiskers), Nikolay Borchev (Donald), Markus Hollop (Dane), Michael Spyres (Maintop), Cosmin Ifrim (A Novice), Andrew Ashwin (Novice’s friend), Esteve Manel (Bosun), Alberto Núñez (First Mate), Fernando Laborda (Second Mate), Pablo Lopez (Arthur Jones), Director musical: Juanjo Mena, Stage-manager: Davide Livermore, choir director: Boris Dujin, Bilbao Opera Choir, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.

The literary history created by the word magician Hermann Melville, was brought to opera by Benjamin Britten, one of the most represented contemporary composers. this production, which was a stage challenge for ABAO, it was equally successful at all levels. It was the second time that a Britten title had been performed, and the audience was delirious with the wickedness that Sir John Tomlinson breathed in his cruel character and the kindness of the baritone Nathan Gun as the unfortunate Billy Budd. Juanjo Mena knew how to endow with his mastery this opera that rocked under his command like the protagonist's own ship in the sea.

Friday 24 of April

FIOFLIO (L. Beethoven)

Represented in November 2018

Elena Pankratova (Leonore – Fidelio), Peter Wedd (Florestan), Till Faveyts (Rocco), Anett Fritsch (Marzelline), Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (Jaquino), Sebastian Holecek (Don Pizarro), Remove Egils (Mr.Fernando), Manuel Gomez Ruiz (Prisoner 1), Felipe Bou (Prisoner 2), Director musical: Juanjo Mena, Stage-manager: José Carlos Plaza, Reposition scene director: Gregor Acuna-Pohl, choir director: Boris Dujin, Bilbao Opera Chorus Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.

It was again Juanjo Mena who, from the ocean storms of Britten, took us by Beethoven's notes to the Seville prison where Fidelio / Leonora and Florestan live their tribulations. Impressive performance by soprano Elena Pankratova, in a production whose plastic moved all the spectators and with which we celebrate the historical representation number 1.000 de ABAO.


Wednesday 22 of April


Represented in January 2018

Alfonso García-Noain, Carlos Crooke, Marta Infante, Enrique Sánchez Ramos, Itxaso Moriones, Noemí Irisarri Idoia Martínez Leyre Medina, Director musical: Jesús María Echeverría, Stage direction: Pablo Ramos, OCN Adult and Children's Choirs and OCN Opera School., Pamplona City Orchestra, Co-production: ABAO Bilbao Opera, Chamber Opera of Navarra


  • Monday 20 of April. Podcast the ABC of opera. Conference on La Boheme de Puccini by Eva Sandoval
  • Thursday 23 of April. Podcast the ABC of opera. Lecture on Beethoven's Fidelio by Luis Gago



Until Tuesday 21 of April


Represented at ABAO in April 2016

Angela Meade (soprano), painful Zajick (half), Gregory customer (tenor), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (low), Director Musical – Francesco Ivan Ciampa, choir director – Boris Dujin, Bilbao Opera Choir, Verum Symphony Orchestra.

It is one of the most iconic works of sacred music, undoubtedly thanks to the drama and operatic character that Verdi gave to the monumental score of this Messa da Réquiem, that ABAO included in his Tutto Verdi cycle in 2016.


Until Tuesday 21 of April

EUGIVENE ONEGIN (P. I. Tchaikovski)

Represented in April 2011

Scott Hendricks (Eugene Onegin), Ainhoa ​​Arteta (Tatiana), Ismael Jordi (Vladimir Lenski), Irina Zhytynska (Olga), Annie Vavrille (Larina), Stanislav Shvets (Pr Germncipe Germin), Nadine Weissmann (Filippyevna), Mikeldi Atxalandabaso (Triquet), Fernando Latorre (Commander), Director musical: Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Stage-manager: Michal Znaniecki, choir director: Boris Dujin, Choreography: Diana Theocharidis, Bilbao Opera Choir, Szeged Kraków Symphony Orchestra, Opera Ballet.

The first title in Russian that ABAO represented in the Euskalduna and which also won the award for the best opera production in the edition of the Campoamor Theater Lyric Awards in 2012. With a very interesting cast and a novel production that although contemporary, it is framed in the romantic spirit of Tchaikovski and in the literary of Pushkin.

Until Thursday 23 of April


Represented in October 2013

Leo Nucci (Rigoletto), Elena Mosuc (Gilda),Ismael Jordi (Duke of Mantua), Maria José Montiel (Maddalena), Felipe Bou (Sparafucile), Ainhoa ​​Zubillaga (Giovanna), José Antonio García (Count of Ceprano), Javier Galan (Monterone), César San Martín (Marullo), Eider Torrijos (Countess of Ceprano), Eduardo Ituarte (Matteo Borsa), Susana Cerro (A page), Director musical: Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Stage-manager: Emilio Sagi, Choir Direction: Boris Dujin, Bilbao Opera Choir, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.

This well-known title of the Verdian repertoire, It has as protagonist the humpbacked jester of the court of the Duchy of Mantua, around which a drama of passion is unleashed, cheated, filial love and revenge. It was represented at ABAO in October 2013, promoting one of the most unique events in our history, since Leo Nucci and Elena Mosuc made an encore of the famous scene “And, vendetta” in each of the representations.

Until Sunday 26 of April

RUSALKA (A. Dvořák)

Represented in October 2005

Sondra Radvanovsky (Rusalka), Michael Myers (The prince), Larissa Diadkova (Foreign princess), Lauren Flanigan (Jezibaba), Hans Peter König (Vodník), Marta Zubieta (First pixie), Tatiana Davidova (Second pixie, Francisca Beaumont (Third pixie), José Ruiz (Forest ranger), Alexandra Rivas (Duquesa), Director musical: Short jury, Stage-manager: Jean Claude Berrutti, choir director: Boris Dujin, Bilbao Opera Choir, Symphony.

The sad story of this mythological fairy of the waters was represented for the first time in ABAO in October 2005, with a spectacular and clamorous Sondra Radvanovsky in the lead role, with unprecedented success. The stage was filled with water and there was magic from forests and cloud-capped skies that blanketed the Moon, to which the wretched Rusalka sang.


See you Monday 20 of April

THE CAT WITH BOOTS (Xavier Montsalvatge)

Represented in January 2005.

Marisa Martins, Mario Villoria, Maria Luz Martinez, Enric Martínez-Castignani, Alberto Feria, Director musical: Jordi Bernàcer, Stage direction: Emilio Sagi, Scenography Agata Ruiz de la Prada, Costume Design Agata Ruiz de la Prada, Lighting Design José Luis Canales, Symphony, Co-production: ABAO Bilbao Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real in Madrid.

See you Monday 27 of April


Represented in March 2016

Marta Zubieta, Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, hope Mentxaka, Jose Manuel Diaz, Marifé Nogales, Gexan Etxabe, Olatz Saitua, Itziar de Unda, Musical direction and piano: Rubén Fernández Aguirre, Stage direction and dramaturgy: fake Santamarina, Let Korala, Orquesta Kissar Ensemble, Production: ABAO Bilbao Opera.


  • Until thursday 23 of April. Horizons of Excellence. Meeting between Ainhoa ​​Arteta and Pedro Halftter.
  • Until Sunday 26 of April. Opera from the heart. Lecture by the French baritone François Le Roux.