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Next Saturday 20 June at 19:00h will be released on the website of ABAO Bilbao Opera a emotional open farewell show, that will put the finishing touch to the virtual stage #ABAOenHouse.

This digital initiative that the Association launched in the past 15 April through its website, has helped the whole of society to cope with the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting the enjoy the essential good what constitutes culture.

Now and accomplished your goal, #ABAOenCasa says goodbye in a big way with an open event that gathers 15 dear and renowned artists in a very special meeting, full of love, talent and emotion. A show that combines messages, experiences and artistic moments, and which will remain in force until Sunday 28 of June.

Orchestral teachers like Juanjo Mena O Pedro Halffter, great stage managers like Emilio Sagi O calixto Bieito and the voices of leading performers: Marco Berti, Juan Jesus Rodriguez, Joyce El-Khoury, Jessica Pratt, Ismael Jordi, Marko Mimica, Rocío Ignacio, Jorge de León, Xabier Anduaga, Vanessa Goikoetxea Y Javier Camarena, join ABAO Bilbao Opera in a unique show that nobody should miss.

A PROGRAM FOR EVERYONE

During these months the initiative has received a great reception among fans of lyrics, as reflected by more than 132.000 Registered visits on the web of the Association and 290.000 social media views. Thousands of virtual viewers have been able to enjoy from their homes ten great titles of the lyric, four concerts, and unforgettable moments of the Association's operatic history with nine compilations they have added 53 memorable scenes from 40 operas and concerts essential. The smallest of the house have also been able to have fun online with seven shows of the seasons of ABAO Txiki.

On the cultural side, Fans have shared experiences and new approaches to opera at 10 meetings and conferences from the hand of artists, critics and musicologists.

further, Two new proposals were added to this virtual scenario: a special program for the internal television channel of the Hospital Universitario de Cruces within the project “Opera and +”, with the sponsorship of the Repsol and Petronor Foundation and the collaboration of LaCaixa social work; and the radio broadcast of four great opera titles, thus recovering a historical tradition of ABAO.

ABAO Bilbao Opera now dismisses this singular initiative with a great closing show to bring together all fans of lyrics, and with an eye to the beginning of the 69 Season next October. The appointment will be with The turkish in Italy Rossini, one of the composer's best-rated operas with a flirting story, charm, tangles and lots of fun, starring Paolo Bordogna and Sabina Puértolas.

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THE STAGE PAROLA, CONCERT TRIBUTE TO IÑAKI AZKUNA PREMIERE THIS WEEK IN VIRTUAL STAGE #ABAOenCasa

Leo Nucci's beloved concert “La parola scenica”, held in January 2014 in honor of the longed-for mayor of Bilbao Iñaki Azkuna, premieres this week on the virtual stage #ABAOenCasa. The charismatic Italian baritone, accompanied by the Italian Chamber Opera, He offered this recital in which he brought us closer to the most universal Italian musician, interpreting the great themes that have shaped his career.. In that incomparable setting, an excited Iñaki Azkuna received the highest ABAO honor distinction awarded to him in 2012 in recognition of his support for opera and involvement and commitment to the Tutto Verdi project.

ABAO INFORMA

#ABAOencasa PROGRAM

Of the 25 May to 7 of June

PREMIERES

OPERA FOR THE MEMORY

Monday 25 of May

ABAO MOMENTS. Part III

Unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history. Videos of an approximate duration of 80 minutes, with the best scenes of essential operas:

Pagliacci. (Ruggero Leoncavallo)

Roberto Devereux. (Gaetano Donizetti)

La Sonnambula. (Vincenzo Bellini)

Manon Lescaut. (Giacomo Puccini)

Wednesday 27 of May

ABAO MOMENTS. Part IV

Unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history. Videos of an approximate duration of 80 minutes, with the best scenes of essential operas:

The Barber of Seville. (Gioachino Rossini)

Lucrezia Borgia. (Gaetano Donizetti)

Cinderella. (Gioachino Rossini)

Don Giovanni. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Saturday 30 of May

CONCERT “LA PAROLA ESCÉNICA” TRIBUTE TO IÑAKI AZKUNA - Leo Nucci

Represented in ABAO on 17 January of 2014

Leo Nucci (Baritone), Italian Chamber Opera Ensemble

The charismatic Italian baritone Leo Nucci starred in this recital paying tribute to the longed-for mayor of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna. Under the title "La parola scenica", Nucci brought us closer to the most universal Italian musician performing the great themes that have shaped his successful career..

ABAO MOMENTS. Part V

Unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history. Videos of an approximate duration of 80 minutes, with the best scenes of essential operas:

Don Pasquale. (Gaetano Donizetti)

Manon. (Jules Massenet)

Semiramide. (Gioachino Rossini)

Concert “Delirium”

ABAO TXIKI

Tuesday 26 of May

ALTARPIECE OF MAESE PERDRO (Manuel de Falla)

Represented in March 2009

Manipulators: Gabriel Ferrigno, Abel González Melo, Carlos Montes, Álvaro Ortega Beltrán, Luis Rodriguez, Blond Migue, Oscar Ruiz, Michelangelo Saura, , Claudio Vegal, José Luis Villegas Padilla

Singers: Olatz Saitua , Marc Canturri, Xavier Moreno

clavecinista: Ivan Martin

musicians: Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Academy

Director musical: Josep Vicent

Stage direction: Enrique Lanz

Production: ABAO-OLBE, the Liceu Theater, Royal Theatre, the Teatro de la Maestranza, Opera Oviedo, the Calderón Theater in Valladolid and the Compañía Etcétera

IN POSTER:

OPERA FOR THE MEMORY

Until Tuesday 26 of May

BBVA FOUNDATION MOMENTS. part II

Fragments of operas from different ABAO seasons sponsored by the BBVA Foundation. The following fragments are included in this part:

Rule, Act I,”Norma comes…Seditious voices, war voices…Casta Diva…”Ah! nice to me back”

Rule, Act II, “Mira or Norma… And, to the extreme hours”

Salome, Act I, “Final scene”

Concert “Delirium”, Hamlet, “And now listen to my song…pale and blonde”

Until Sunday 7 of June

ABAO MOMENTS. part I

Unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history. Videos of an approximate duration of 80 minutes, with the best scenes of essential operas:

Krol Roger. (Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz)

Maria Stuarda. (Gaetano Donizetti)

Adriana Lecouvreur. (Francisco Cilea)

I Puritani. (Vincenzo Bellini)

ABAO MOMENTS. part II

Unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history. Videos of an approximate duration of 80 minutes, with the best scenes of essential operas:

Turandot. (Giacomo Puccini)

Werther. (Jules Massenet)

Madama Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)

Cavalleria Rusticana. (Pietro Mascagni)

ABAO TXIKI

Until Sunday 31 of May

THE ARAB PRINCESS (Idea and adaptation by Anna-Sophie Brüning about music Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga)

Represented in March 2013

Marta Zubieta, Manuel de Diego, Maria Lacunza, Erkuden Eceolaza, Love Ozkoidi, Eugenio Hamuraru, Imanol Espinazo

Director musical: Carlos Aragon

Stage direction: Pablo Ramos

Production: ABAO Bilbao Opera, Chamber Opera of Navarra

CONFERENCES

  • Until Sunday 31 of May. Opera heart. Conference of the cultural reference in the United Kingdom, managing director of the English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, Sir Peter Jonas
  • Until Sunday 7 of June. Opera heart. Lecture of the esteemed lyrical soprano, Roberta Alexander
ABAO Bilbao Opera

PREMIERES ABAO Bilbao Opera

OPERA FOR THE MEMORY

Monday 18 of May

ABAO MOMENTS. part I

Unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history. Videos of an approximate duration of 80 minutes, with the best scenes of essential operas:

Krol Roger. (Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz)

Maria Stuarda. (Gaetano Donizetti)

Adriana Lecouvreur. (Francisco Cilea)

I Puritani. (Vincenzo Bellini)

Wednesday 20 of May

ABAO MOMENTS. part II

Unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history. Videos of an approximate duration of 80 minutes, with the best scenes of essential operas:

Turandot. (Giacomo Puccini)

Werther. (Jules Massenet)

Madama Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)

Cavalleria Rusticana. (Pietro Mascagni)

CONFERENCES

Thursday 21 of May. Opera heart. Lecture of the esteemed lyrical soprano, Roberta Alexander

IN POSTER:

OPERA FOR THE MEMORY

Until Tuesday 19 of May

RULE (V. Bellini)

Represented in May 2018

Anna Pirozzi (Rule), Silvia Tro Santafe (Adalgisa), Gregory customer (Polijo), Roberto Tagliavini (Oroveso), hope Mentxaka (Clotilde), Stephen Vincent (Flavio), Director musical: Pietro Rizzo, Stage-manager: Davide Livermore, Director Replenishment scene: Emilio López, choir director: Boris Dujin, Bilbao Opera Choir, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra

Rule, Bellini's mature work and emblematic title of the lyric, closed the 66 ABAO season. The Bilbao Association had a luxury trio to give life to the protagonists of this title, remarkable fusion of sublime melody, Vocal and dramatic power challenge. Neapolitan soprano Anna Pirozzi was splendid that it was her debut in the most emblematic role of bel canto. Beside him Gregory Kunde also triumphed, Pollione of reference in its generation, and Silvia Tro Santafé one of the highest level mezzo-sopranos in our country.

Until Thursday 21 of May

ALL GREEN MOMENTOS. part II

This collection includes unique performances by some of the 29 titles from the Verdian repertoire that ABAO has staged in this great cultural project unique worldwide.

Don Carlos, Act II, “What flowers and what stars”

Messa da Requiem, “Lacrymosa”

Stiffelio, Act III, “Lina, I thought he is an angel…”

Stiffelio, Act III, “Not to the bridegroom…”

Stiffelio, Act III, “Don't punish me mister…”

I Masnadieri, Act II, “From the infamous banquet… You of my Carlo”

I Masnadieri, Act IV, Finale

I Lombardi, Act II, “Recitative and Aria – Hermit”

I Lombardi, Act II, “Recitative and Aria – Giselda”

I Lombardi, Act III, “Gerusalem!… Gerusalem!… The big”

Until Tuesday 26 of May

BBVA FOUNDATION MOMENTS. part II

Fragments of operas from different ABAO seasons sponsored by the BBVA Foundation. The following fragments are included in this part:

Rule, Act I,”Norma comes…Seditious voices, war voices…Casta Diva…”Ah! nice to me back”

Rule, Act II, “Mira or Norma… And, to the extreme hours”

Salome, Act I, “Final scene”

Concert “Delirium”, Hamlet, “And now listen to my song…pale and blonde”

ABAO TXIKI

See you Monday 18 of May

NEITHER NOR FAITH SUSTAINED (Mozart, Wagner, Rossini, Gounod, Bizet, Offenbach, Auber y donizetti)

Represented in March 2010

Ana Otxoa, Nerea Castellot, Alberto Núñez, Juan José Navarro, Itziar Recalde, hope Mentxaka, Juanjo Otero, Aritza Rodríguez, Director musical: Daniel Oyarzabal, Stage direction: Enrique Viana Daniel Oyarzabal (piano), Production: ABAO Bilbao Opera, Arriaga theater

Until Sunday 31 of May

THE ARAB PRINCESS (Idea and adaptation by Anna-Sophie Brüning about music Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga)

Represented in March 2013

Marta Zubieta, Manuel de Diego, Maria Lacunza, Erkuden Eceolaza, Love Ozkoidi, Eugenio Hamuraru, Imanol Espinazo, Director musical: Carlos Aragon, Stage direction: Pablo Ramos, Production: ABAO Bilbao Opera, Chamber Opera of Navarra

CONFERENCES

  • Until Sunday 31 of May. Opera heart. Conference of the cultural reference in the United Kingdom, managing director of the English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, Sir Peter Jonas
ABAO Bilbao Opera

The virtual stage #ABAOenHouse from ABAO Bilbao Opera achieves great popular support. This digital initiative, made of 36 past activities and startup 12 April by the association through its website to help society cope with this exceptional situation and promote the enjoyment of the essential good that constitutes culture, has achieved that visits to the ABAO website have multiplied by five with respect to the normal traffic that the page registers during the season.

During these days the activity of the Association's social networks has also been relevant. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter y YouTube), ABAO's direct channels of interaction with its partners and fans, have achieved a notable increase in followers, also registering 151.361 visualizations of the same.

To date and as reflected in the 92.405 Registered visits on the web, a large number of opera fans have been able to enjoy eight great lyric titles programmed in different seasons of the Bilbao Association from their homes: Eugene Onegin de Chaikovski, Rigoletto in Verdi, Rusalka de Dvorak, Bohemian Puccini, Billy Budd Britten, Fidelio Beethoven, The Pearl Fishers Bizet and Lucia of Lammermoor Donizetti. further, three great concerts have also been seen: Verdi's Requiem Mass, the Jessica Pratt “Delirio” Concert and the Leo Nucci and Daniela Barcellona Concert,

Five are the titles of the seasons of ABAO TXIKI that the smallest of the house have been able and can continue enjoying online for the moment: Txanozuritxu, original opera in Basque based on the well-known story of Little Red Riding Hood; the unforgettable tales The cat with boots Perrault and The brave little tailor Brothers Grimm; the Dickens classic Christmas story, and the original and fun Neither f nor sharp.

Fans have also shown interest in the conferences of the series "The ABC of the Opera", he Bilbao Association program to know all the keys of the composers, voices and titles from the last two seasons with musicologist Eva Sandoval, critics Luis Gago, Rubén Amón and Andrea Merli, the conductor and soprano Pilar Jurado and the journalists Mariela Rubio and Rafael Bernardo and the Opera Bihotzetik lecture series, an initiative from which it is promoted, so close and accessible, knowledge of opera through the experience of great figures. So far there are two conferences in this series available with François Le Roux and Ruggero Raimondi as protagonists.

This virtual stage was incorporated into the project "Opera and +", a special program for the internal television channel of the Hospital Universitario de Cruces. Patients and medical staff can enjoy a selection of fragments of different operas from the last seasons in the open air. ABAO thus contributes to emotional well-being within the disease process, providing pleasant moments linked with music and opera, and also a form of help, adherence and encouragement, in this situation where family support is not allowed. The program is sponsored by the Repsol and Petronor Foundation and the collaboration of LaCaixa social work.

Over the next few days the #ABAOenCasa initiative will continue to offer lovers of lyrics three new premieres each week, including unforgettable moments in the Association's operatic history such as the BBVA Foundation Moments and the Tutto Verdi Moments. The former collect the best operas scenes sponsored by the main sponsor of the Association, the BBVA Foundation and in the latter the unique performances of some of the 29 titles from the Verdian repertoire that ABAO has staged in the Tutto Verdi project, a great cultural project unique in the whole world. further, conferences will continue to be offered as well as specific programming for the little ones.

Billy Bood

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.

Until Thursday 30 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 Chorus 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

Until Sunday 3 of May

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 Choir, 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.

ABAO TXIKI

See you Monday 27 of April

TXANOZURITZU (Carlos Imaz)

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.

See you Monday 4 of May

CHRISTMAS STORY (Iñigo Casalí)

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.

CONFERENCES

  • Until the 28 of April. Podcast the ABC of opera. Conference on La Boheme de Puccini by Eva Sandoval
  • Until the 3 of May. Podcast the ABC of opera. Lecture on Beethoven's Fidelio by Luis Gago