Adriana González

The next 18 of June, four years after her acclaimed debut as Corinna (The trip to Reims, Rossini), soprano Adriana González returns to the stage Gran Teatre del Liceu as the female lead of La boheme Puccini, in a production that bears the stage signature of Álex Ollé, directed by Giampaolo Bisanti. further, will also sing the functions of the days 22 Y 27 of June, Y 1 of July. Bachelor of Music in Guatemala, Adriana González took her first steps as a singer in Europe as a member of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra national de Paris, where for his outstanding development he received the Prix Lyrique du Cercle Carpeaux, making his first debuts at the Opéra Bastille and the Opera Garnier, before joining the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera.

Awarded with numerous international awards such as the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Vienna, the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition of Ireland, or the International Singing Competition "Francisco Viñas", among many others, soprano Adriana González rose to fame as the winner of the First Prize and Zarzuela Prize of the Operalia Contest 2019.

In 2019, signed a contract with the record label Audax Records, with which he recorded an album dedicated to melodies by Robert Dussaut (1896-1969) and his wife Hélène Covatti (1910-2005), with the pianist and conductor Iñaki Encina Oyón, and next October his second album will be released, with the integral of the songs of Isaac Albéniz.

His upcoming engagements include a concert at the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier., with the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Mimi (Bohemian) in Tokyo and Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) in the Houston Grand Opera, under the baton of Speranza Scapucci.

Photograph (c) Aline Kundig

Adriana González

Solstice by Blanca Li Company

Solstice is the most committed show of Blanca Li. Born in Granada, formed in New York with Martha Graham and established with her own company in Paris, Li is a great choreographer, filmmaker, dancer and actress; an artist in constant renewal who draws inspiration from a wide range of styles, from flamenco to classical ballet and urban dance. Everything begins and is completed with the energy of movement and dance.

With Solstice celebrate beauty, power and energy from concern for the degradation of nature. This restlessness is transformed into an obsession expressed in dance and gesture. As Li explains to us, "The elements of nature are wonderful and essential, but altering them can create great catastrophes. Water, for example, it's marvelous, but it can turn into terrible floods. Wind can drift from breeze to hurricane, and the sun and heat are the origin of fires and droughts ".

Everywhere: in the metropolises, in the depths of the oceans, in wild spaces and in those that are domesticated by humanity, nature is changing and calling us. The ambiguous and complex relationships that we maintain with our environment have been the starting point of this montage. Halfway between worry and admiration, love and violence, conservation and destruction, How can we maintain the development of our civilizations without depleting the planet? Fourteen incredible dancers and a percussionist shape this show that, through the power of dance combined with scenography, suits, video, lights and music, evokes the disorders of our ecosystem and raises what is the place of man within nature, not considering it its center but as one of its components.

Photograph: Laurent Philippe

The Tales of Hoffmann

Considered one of the main masterpieces of French romanticism, The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach arrives at Gran Teatre del Liceu hand in hand with the dreamlike production of Laurent Pelly

Teacher Riccardo Frizza directs an unbeatable cast of voices that, Next to the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, face offenbach's last great opera

A luxurious cast heads the main roles: the tenors JJohn Osborn and Arturo Chacón-Cruz like Hoffmann, Jaho Ermonela in the role of Antonia, Olga Pudova and Rocío Pérez playing Olympia and Nino Surguladze and Ginger Costa-Jackson giving voice to Giulietta

The play, unfinished by the death of the composer in 1880, narrates the misfortunes of the poet Hoffmann, obsessed with succeeding in love. Represented 25 times at the theater, the high school public will now be able to meet again with a fantastic artistic creation

The schedule of the functions will be at 18:30h to allow all the public to return to their homes before the curfew established by the restrictions of the pandemic. Sunday function day 31 January will be held at 5pm.

He Gran Teatre del Liceu starts the year with one of the successes most appreciated by the public, The Tales of Hoffmann by Jaques Offenbach, a production of the prestigious Laurent Pelly and with the direction of the renowned Italian director Riccardo Frizza, replacing Jordan de Souza, that you canceled your participation for personal reasons. The most famous of the French comic operas can be seen from 18 January to 1 February, with a total of 10 functions. A luxury artistic team in which John Osborn Y Arturo Chacón-Cruz they will put themselves in the shoes of the cursed poet Hoffmann who evokes his love past with Olympia (Olga Pudova Y Rocío Pérez), Antonia (Jaho Ermonela) and Giulietta (Nino Surguladze Y Ginger Costa-Jackson). the mezzosoprano Marina Viotti will play the role of muse / Nicklausse alongside Carol Garcia (19 Y 31 from January), replacing Stephanie d'Oustrac who has canceled his participation in the production for health reasons. An unbeatable cast of voices that also features Alexander Vinogradov Y Roberto Tagliavini, embodying the four evil. An unbeatable cast of voices that also features Alexander Vinogradov and Roberto Tagliavini, embodying the evil four. In the role of Stella, due to the preventive isolation of the soprano Adriana González, joins the cast Elena Sancho Pereg, who will sing on opening night and make a total of 5 functions (18, 19, 25, 28 Y 31 from January). Once the 10 days of isolation, González will rejoin doing his first function on 20 January and will follow 21, 26, 30 January 1 February.

In The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach creates a world with its own rules that leads us to a universe in which dreams and reality intertwine. Without giving up his own style -ameno, sensitive and sweet melody–, the playwright ambitiously pushed the boundaries of comic opera. The play, unfinished by the death of the composer in 1880, he was left without details of how exactly the set should look on stage. The Five Parts He Created – Three Acts, prologue and epilogue–, even though they were practically closed, often undergo musicological reviews. That's why, that each production is a real surprise and novelty. Version of Laurent Pelly, which premiered at the Liceu in 2013, adapts to Offenbach's proposal and collects the two faces of Romanticism: the dark history and the magic of its reverse. Pelly uses the idea of ​​the protagonist's dream trip, an always effective narrative resource to draw a nebulous area where fantasy and truth seem to be confused.

The last dramatic work that Offenbach composed will be one of the challenges for the Symphony Orchestra and the Liceu Choir, which for this occasion will feature Riccardo Frizza in front. The score is full of great musical moments like the one starring Hoffmann and Olympia in the second act and in which the voices of the tenor and the soprano blend in a charming lyrical sweetness. But surely the climax is the famous barcarola of the third act. Giulietta and Nicklausse sing one of the most recognizable tunes of all time, delicious music halfway between the time Of the waltz and the hypnotic effect of a lullaby.

The plot of the piece, inspired by the fantastic stories of the German writer E. T. A. Hoffmann, tells the story of the poet Hoffmann, in love with stella, boarding, pushed by the muse, on an extraordinary night's journey to find the ideal woman, embodied in the protagonists of the respective acts: Olympia (an automaton), Antonia (a young woman who gets sick when she sings) and Giulietta (a courtesan in Venice). The muse, but nevertheless, look for Hoffmann's love failure, since she is convinced that only when he renounces love will he be able to dedicate himself to poetry and spread its good to all humanity.

The Tales of Hoffmann is an opera in three acts with music by Jaques Offenbach and libretto by Jules Barbier. It premiered for the first time on 10 February 1881 at the Opéra Comique in Paris. In Barcelona he arrived in Spanish at the Eldorado Theater, with a first representation the 22 April 1905. In the Liceu, it was released a few years later, he 5 February 1924, and since then it has been seen at the Teatre 25 times.

High school, a safe space

The Gran Teatre del Liceu has worked since the beginning of the pandemic to enable a series of measures adapted to guarantee health security within the Teatre. A protocol that has the purpose of complying with the regulations of the Department of Health and the specific conditions of the Procicat in terms of cultural facilities.

With the intention of ensuring to the maximum that the Lyceum is a safe space, we remember that it is mandatory to use a mask and hydroalcoholic gel inside the Theater. Other measures include temperature control at entrances, constant disinfection of spaces, the permanent renewal of the air through two new fans that were installed in August 2020, the disabling of the guard- clothing, and the use of digital format for handheld programs.

So that the public can return to their homes before curfew, the schedule of the functions will be at 18:30h. Sunday function day 31 January will be held at 5pm.

Photograph: A. Bofil

LISETTE OROPESA

The American soprano Lisette Oropesa, which triumphed last summer at the Teatro Real in Madrid with La Traviata with a historical encore of the aria "Addio del passato", Put yourself back in the shoes of the tragic heroine from Verdi, Violetta Valéry, during the days 10, 15, 19 Y 27 in December Gran Teatre del Liceu, where she debuted last year as Rodelinda, in a Sir David McVicar production with musical direction by Speranza Scappucci.

Lisette Oropesa, que acaba de cantar el rol mozartiano de Konstanze en The Abduction from the Seraglio en la Wiener Staatsoper, will be one of the main protagonists of the Gala of 7 December at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. further, will be the guest artist of the "New Year's Concert" of the Kulturpalast in Dresden, where he will sing well-known arias from La Traviata, Rigoletto y La bohème, junto a la Dresdner Philharmonie y Marek Janowski. The season 2020/2021 will also have other important highlights for Lisette Oropesa: a recital in the Champs Elysées Theater in París, a concert of Bel Canto junto at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano at the Auditorium Parco della Musica de Rome, as well as her debut at the Opernhaus Zürich as the protagonist of a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti signed by Tatjana Gürbaca. further, next spring his
first album with orchestra, with Mozart concert arias, joined the ensemble Il pomo d’oro y Antonello Manacorda, as a PENTATONE label artist.

https://lisetteoropesa.com/

Photograph: Javier del Real

Intermezzo

Registration for the course is now open, which will start next October at the Musikene headquarters in Donostia.

The Superior Music Center of the Basque Country Musikene and Intermezzo come together to offer an innovative postgraduate course aimed at choir singers who seek to make their passion their profession. The specialization course will be offered from October in Donostia-San Sebastián, and pursues to deepen the required training of a professional choir singer. In the 14 Double sessions planned during the course and which will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, both the specific vocal technique will be worked on, like all those aspects related to the interpretation of the choral repertoire and its staging.

Intermezzo, Besides, will offer various job offers to participate in productions in which it collaborates. The company, with a history of more than 15 years, manages the titular choir of the Teatro Real de Madrid, reinforces the choir of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and participates in seasons of Opera and Festivals.

The course of 150 hours spread between October and May, Its main objective is to offer the necessary tools to students who want to become professional choir singers., developing all the professional aspects related to their work. The postgraduate course includes subjects to work on vocal technique, the lyrical and symphonic choral repertoire, the correct diction of the various languages ​​used in said repertoire, or body techniques and movements on stage, among other. The specialization will be completed with different conferences on professional aspects with which the student will get an overview of how the sector works., with expert speakers in different disciplines.

Enrollment is now open for all those interested who are in possession of a higher music degree (the equivalent). All the information and program.