ABAO 2013-14

The Bilabaina Association of Friends of the Opera, ABAO, It presents a season of strong feminine character. As usual, in their already 62 edition, premieres and own productions are its hallmark.

Tutto Verdi exceptional program adds three titles: the premiere of Giovanna d'Arco Bilbao, Rigoletto and a new production of La Forza del Destino designed by Ignacio García.
Onstage the extraordinary voices of Leo Nucci, Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Celso Albelo, Sonia Ganassi, Roberto Aronica, Ismael Jordi, Bruno Ribeiro y Martina Serafin. Elena Mosuc featured debuts, María José Montiel and Francesco Meli and charismatic stage director Calixto Bieito with one of his greatest creations, among others.
Carmen and Turandot, two great classics of opera, in the eighth edition of OPERA BERRI. And five titles this season ABAO TXIKI, three of them premiere in Bilbao.

He 21 September kicks off 62 Temporada de ABAO-OLBE (Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera) with a lyrical program committed to the highest quality and variety that brings together works of Romanticism, verism and pure singing bel, to meet all expectations and at the same time attract new audiences to the exciting world of opera.
The music of Verdi, Cilea, Bizet, Bellini and Puccini on the classic Bilbao three extraordinary history of opera, Rigoletto, Carmen and Turandot; the premiere of Giovanna d'Arco and three operas less frequent, The force of Destiny, I Puritani y Adriana Lecouvreur.
A season in eighteen debuting singers, Scene three directors and three top-notch teachers, with relevant figures as Leo Nucci, Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Celso Albelo, Sonia Ganassi, Roberto Aronica, Ismael Jordi, Bruno Ribeiro y Martina Serafin. A poster complete with a new production of La Forza del Destino, designed by Ignacio García, and representation for the first time in Bilbao verdiano title, Giovanna D'Arco.

further, ABAO-OLBE continues with the publication of the magazine and book Scena season, with unpublished articles by specialists. Also with a new edition of the free lecture series introduction to opera, scheduled to discover the ins and outs of each title.


The Giovanna d'Arco premiere, first Verdi opera of the three that this year make its contribution to TUTTO VERDI, season opens in September with a historic production, with huge plastic beauty of the Teatro Regio di Parma work of Gabriele Lavia debutant ABAO. Krassimira Stoyanova, Debuting paper, and Fabio Sartori in major roles and presentation of Claudio Sgura. Yves Abel teacher is responsible for the music in front of the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa.

In October comes the second title verdiano, Rigoletto, with that in Season 2006-2007 TUTTO VERDI tore. Title sponsored by Fundación BBVA, leads the cast's most iconic performer of leading role, Leo Nucci, with him Ismael Jordi, Felipe Bou and debutantes Elena and María José Montiel Mosuc. On the podium of orchestral conducting for the first time in Bilbao Daniel Oren, a charismatic teacher expert in the repertoire. Attentive to his baton the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. On stage a coproduction of ABAO-OLBE and São Carlos Theater Lisbon signed by Emilo Sagi.

In mid-November up to poster A mature Verdi, a rare work that has as its background the Spanish romanticism, The force of Destiny. Roberto Aronica, Chiara Taigi and Vladimir Stoyanov are in charge of the trio in an opera that stands out for its extensive distribution. Stage a new production of ABAO-OLBE full of expressive force created by Ignacio García. Al frente de la Orquesta del Teatro Regio di Parma debuta Pietro Rizzo, one of the most interesting masters of the new generation of Italian directors.
2014 se abre with Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea, very passionate opera with a load melodramatic music and beautiful invoice, created by and for the protagonist to interpret this time Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Debuting paper. Bruno Ribeiro beside her. special collaboration of dancer and choreographer Igor Yebra Bilbao. In the pit, Fabrizio Carminati, specialist in this repertoire, directing for the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Teatro San Carlo production di Napoli by Lorenzo Mariani with a start aristocratic and very aesthetic scene.

February gives way to one of the most popular titles from the international repertoire, Bizet's Carmen. The cast two great soloists Sonia Ganassi and presentation of Francesco Meli. On the stage, a co-production of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Massimo of Palermo y Teatro Regio in Turin por la que on creador, calixto Bieito, debuting in Bilbao, He received in 2012 Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Director. For the first time in the Association, Master Jean Yves Ossonce. This title begins the eighth edition of OPERA BERRI.

Sledge of Bellini, essence of bel singing, arrives in April. A title that requires a tenor Celso Albelo able to cope with a daring and complex role, debuting beside Aleksandra Kurzak and Gabrielle Viviani. Production stage a Festival of A Coruña work of Alfonso Romero with a romantic staging set in World War I. José Miguel Pérez Sierra at the front of the Symphony Orchestra of Navarra is responsible for the musical section.
Turandot, Puccini's last work, closes the season in May sponsored by Iberdrola. The cast Martina Serafin, Marcello Giordani y Davinia Rodríguez. A spectacular coproduction, sumptuous and monumental ABAO-OLBE and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, devised by Nuria Espert. In the pit, John Mauceri versatile teacher to lead the Symphony Orchestra of Navarra.
This title marks the end of the eighth edition of OPERA BERRI. The Bilbao Opera Choir, directed by Boris Dujin, deals with the choral part of the season.


Novena edición de ABAO TXIKI, the opera season conceived to awaken the cultural interests of the younger and be enjoyed with family, with five titles, a reaffirmation of social and educational commitment assumed ABAO-OLBE. Three premieres and two revivals up to the boards of the Teatro Arriaga to seduce new generations of viewers.

Starts in January with Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, an adaptation of the traditional tale from the Arabian Nights with music by Iñigo Casalí coproduced by ABAO-OLBE and Navarra Chamber Opera.
In early February, the first premiere, Houseboat; a musical tale inspired by the stories of the great universal deluge with music by Xavier Montsalvatge and Claude Debussy.
In March, Musicians of Bremen, third title ABAO-OLBE program in Basque. A dance with music and puppets Poire Vallvé.
The second season premiere, Opérame, What the hell is opera?, climbs onto the stage in May. A crazy show devised by tenor José Manuel Zapata with music by Verdi, Rossini and Offenbach produced by the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.
Closes this program in late May the premiere of The Brave Little Tailor, a musical tale inspired by the traditional tale of the Brothers Grimm, in a co-OLBE ABAO, the Teatro Real in Madrid and Granada Festival with music by Tibor Harsányi and stage director Enrique Lanz.

The ninth season of ABAO TXIKI has seventeen family functions and four sessions in school functions involved 170 schools and 15.700 school.
The Didáctico OLBE ABAO-Program complements the children's opera program with its wide range of activities to bring the world of opera to young people through educational talks, workshops, theater visits and attendance at trials and general pregenerales.


This season the flagship project of ABAO-OLBE, ALL GREEN, It delves into its eighth edition continues true to its goal of discovering the great Italian master in its different facets. On the artistic side, three titles show their compositional evolution: Giovanna D'Arco, Rigoletto and La forza del destino. In the cultural, among other activities, la VIII Semana Verdi de ABAO, in collaboration with Deusto Forum, under the title "Verdi, from the banks "to have the presence of prominent figures as Iñaki Gabilondo, Ignacio García, Javier Pérez Senz, Philip Gosset, Rafael Banús and Arturo Reverter.