ABAO Bilbao Opera

Due to the current circumstances that have forced the health authorities to take measures in order to control the COVID-19 pandemic, made public the past 11 from January, ABAO Bilbao Opera sees the celebration of Donizetti's opera unfeasible, L'elisir d'amore planned for the days 20, 23, 26, 27 February and 1 March 2021, with the presence of leading artists.

Maintaining the capacity in 400 viewers per show, mobility restrictions within each historical territory (only residents of Bizkaia could attend the functions) and the time limitation that forces the performances to end at 20:45h, they make it impossible, for now one more time, the attendance of all members and the general public at the five planned functions.

On the other hand, artistic organization and logistics of production preparation and assembly, the trips of the singers and technical teams and the beginning of the rehearsals planned for the end of this month, force the decision not to prosper with the celebration of the opera, is determined at the present time.

ABAO Bilbao Opera maintains that the measures adopted in collaboration with the Euskalduna and the Ópera XXI Association, would allow the expansion of capacity while respecting all the necessary health security measures. further, taking into account the dimensions of the Euskalduna Bilbao, that are not comparable to those of other event spaces, Nor should it be governed by the same capacity limit rule.

The Association maintains the confidence of being able to close the season with the representation of the opera Tosca planned for the days 22, 25, 28 Y 31 of May, with Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Teodor Ilincai and Roberto Frontali as protagonists.

ABAO Bilbao Opera recalls that opera, culture, It is a basic instrument for social development and the diffusion of values ​​that contribute to progress towards a more balanced and fully developed society, Therefore, it will continue to put all its efforts to maintain Bilbao as an international operatic reference..

For its remarkable resilience in the face of this pandemic crisis ABAO Bilbao Opera thanks the partners, to collaborating companies and institutions and the general public, your understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances.

Since its debut at the Teatro Real in 2014, Javier Camarena He has conquered audiences performing three operas of Madrid Gaetano Donizetti very different dramaturgical profile and vocal ─Daughter of the Regiment, Bookmark Y Lucia of Lammermoor─, and one of Vincenzo BelliniI puritani, the two largest bel canto composers, allowing Mexican tenor showcase the immense possibilities of his art: a voice large amplitude, beauty and plasticity, phrasing full of expressivity, an impressive virtuosity and vocal agility and an innate and natural musicality.

Now back Camarena, once again, with two very different composers and two papers fetish: naive and enamored Nemorino in dynamic production L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti, conceived by Damiano Michieletto; and passionate, spirited, irreverent and vindictive Gualtiero in the dark drama The pirate, Bellini, which will be staged at the Real between days 30 November and 20 from December.

Among these universes antagonistic dramaturgical, Javier Camarena offer a program melodismo and intensity in the Mediterranean Gran Gala 2019 The Royal Theatre, the next 13 of November, with pianist angel Rodriguez, devoted to arias and Italian songs and which will not fail, in the second part, a nod to the Spanish zarzuela.



Giacomo Carissimi (1605–1674)

Victory, my heart

Tommaso Giordani (C.1730–1806)

Dear my Ben

Giovanni Battista Bononcini (1670–1747)

For the glory of adore ...

Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)

Melancholy, gentle nymph

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

The time of the meeting

Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868)


Ricciardo and Zoraida: 'If she evermore faithful to me ... what will never be the joy'

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

L'elisir d'amore: 'A furtive tear'

Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)

The pirate: 'In the fury of the storms ... for you with vain tears'

Gerónimo Giménez (1854-1923)

Luis Alonso weddings: Intermezzo

Jacinto Guerrero (1895-1951)

The host of Seville: 'Woman of black eyes'

Javier Camarena

Born in Xalapa, This Mexican tenor studied with mezzo-soprano Cecilia Perfect at the Universidad Veracruzana and graduated with Hugo Barreiro and Maria Eugenia Sutti at the University of Guanajuato. Awarded in competitions Carlo Morelli 2004 and Francisco Viñas 2005, he joined the International Opera Studio in Zurich before starting a career that has led him to the main stages of the world and which has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Bruno Campanella, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Evelino Pido and Franz Welser-Möst. He recently sang Ernesto de Don Pasquale at the Palais Garnier in Paris, nadir The Pearl Fishers in Bilbao, Spain, Edgardo Lucia of Lammermoor en la Bavarian State Opera de Múnich, Tonio Daughter of the Regiment at the Royal Opera House in London and Arthur I puritani Opéra Bastille in Paris. At the Teatro Real has sung in Daughter of the Regiment (2014), I puritani (2016), Bookmark (2017) Y Lucia of Lammermoor (2018).

angel Rodriguez

Cuban origin and living in Mexico, this pianist and composer studied piano with Gonzalo Gutiérrez, conducting with Gonzalo Romeu and vocal repertoire with Enrique Jaso and Kamal Khan. Throughout its three-decade career you has been pianist Ramón Vargas, Rolando Villazon, Javier Camarena, Nadine Sierra, Joseph Calleja, Pretty Yende, Veronica Villarroel, Ailyn Pérez, Alfredo Daza, Kate Lindsey, Arturo Chacón and José Bros, with whom he has performed in venues such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, the Konzerthaus Berlin, el Kennedy Center de Washington, el Harris Theater de Chicago, the Opernhaus Zurich and London Rosenblatt Recitals. As a pianist Cuba Opera and the Opera de Bellas Artes, He has worked with Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Anna Netrebko. She currently teaches master classes and workshops in Mexico, and chairs the College of Arts Vocal, institution specialized in the art of singing which is founder.


All donations from the Gran Gala 2019 The Royal Theatre will go to the Social program ─del part Royal Junior and introduces the youngest to the ópera─, and also the Social Hall, serving over a hundred minor from the ANAR Foundation, Foundation of Madrid Down Syndrome, Autism Federation Madrid, Spanish Federation of Parents of Children with Cancer, Foundation Victims of Terrorism (children), Social Action for Music and ActionAid, associations, All of them, nonprofit.


José Bogas, Demetrio Carceller, Alfonso Cortina, Jesus Encinar, Juan Pedro Moreno, Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, Isabel Preysler, Helena Revoredo, Pilar Solís-Beaumont.

The Royal Theater offer, between days 29 October 12 of November, 12 its fun features production L'elisir d'amore presented in 2013 with an enthusiastic reception from the public.

This time, production designed by Damiano Michieletto -with some modifications in the scenery Paolo Fantin– musical direction will Gianluca Capuano, which will provide a close reading historicist and the interpretative provisions decimonónicos.

When, in 1832, Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) he was commissioned to write an opera precipitate in just 15 days to fill a gap in programming Milan Teatro della Cannobiana, had 34 years and 36 operas to his credit, including some big hits, as Anna Bolena.

His tragic and eventful life had given him many blows -the death of his wife and their three children, but its huge operatic production was growing at an overwhelming pace, only slowed madness, and in the final stretch of its short existence, Blinded by syphilis.

Starting from the opera Le Philtre, Auber, the famous librettist Felice Romani, with which Donizetti had worked in several works, He quickly sketched a fluid and very well articulated text, ideal for creative impetus composer.

Thus was born a masterpiece, in portentous inspiration, between comedy and drama, simplicity and depth, the opera buffa and romantic, parody and melancholy… and halfway between Rossini and Bellini. Archetypal characters inspired by the art commedy, They are growing up with melodic and breath dramaturgical music Donizetti, of the greatest efficiency in the development of action.

Damiano Michieletto moves the plot of the opera of the Basque countryside to the bustling Mediterranean coast, where the summer environment conducive seduction, party and vice. There, the pert Adina runs a bar where prowls his clumsy love Nemorino. Dulcamara, clever charlatan, trapichea drugs and concoctions. And entertaining coastal life no shortage of sailors looking for fun, captained by Belcore, the typical "beachy cool".

In the interpretation of these peculiar characters will alternate Brenda Rae Y Sabina Puértolas (Adina); Rame Rahab Y Juan Francisco Gatell (Nemorino); Alessandro Luongo Y Maybe Borja (Belcore), Erwin Schrott Y Adrian Sâmpetrean (Dulcamara). Javier Camarena will play the role of Nemorino in function 9 of November, before his performance at the Gala 13 November and the start of trials The pirate, de Vincenzo Bellini.

L'elisir d'amore has been one of the most beloved productions public of Real since the nineteenth century. He climbed his first stage in 1851, one year after the inauguration of the Teatro, and since then it has been performed over 80 times, including co-production of the Royal Theater and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, now replenished, 6 years after its premiere in Madrid.

Photograph: Javier del Real


Innocence, playfulness and happiness. Let yourself be tempted by a love potion!

A comic opera, romantic, delicious, original and fresh Donizetti, the last great representative of the Italian opera buffa. The celebrated Mario Gas production will transport you to the most picturesque Italy. Of the 7 al 28 from January.
A cast of singers luxury: Slovakian tenor Pavol Breslik (Nemorino), along with three other stars, The Adina de soprano Jessica Pratt, the baritone Paolo Bordogna Belcore, además de un veterano basso buffo como Roberto de Candia en la piel de Dulcamara.

related Activitadades:

– Conference “Who loves you more than anyone?”, 4 de enero a las 20h en la Sala principal del Teatre, a cargo de Ramon Gener, popularizer musical. New tickets available.
Conferencia organizada por Amics del Liceu, 3 de enero a las 19.30h en la Sala del Cor, a cargo de Antoni Colomer, crítico y gestor musical.
Proyección en torno a L'elisir d'amore, 4 de enero a las 19.30h en el Reial Cercle Artístic.
– Exhibition at the Balcony Foyer on the occasion of L'elisir d'amore with el Reial Cercle Artístic a partir del 7 from January.

Jes­sica Pratt

After success as Desdemona in Otello from Rossini the Gran Teatre del Liceu 2016, which it is considered the heir of the great Joan Sutherland It comes back to the Coliseum La Rambla, now to play for the first time an opera staged in one of the most popular romantic bel canto works, L'elisir d'amore, from Donizetti. Jes­sica Pratt He has had a "very Spanish" year, says the Australian diva who lives in Italy for years: "In January and February I sang for the first time in Oviedo Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto; in June I was fortunate to debut at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia as Amenaide in Tancredi, Rossini, in the beautiful production of Emilio Sagi; it was also that we Puritani in Savonlinna Festival July (Finland) the company Teatro Real in Madrid, whose experience was wonderful; I made my debut in November the role of Norina in Don Pasquale on my return to the season ABAO-OLBE (Bilbao) and now I will start the year in Barcelona with my first Adina ". It is a role that the singer had a "tremendous" desire to debut; "It is a particularly beautiful part, especially in duets, and this is a woman with character, independent and confident I'm sure I will enjoy it immensely to the Barcelona public ", keep going. "The truth is that it is always a pleasure to sing in Spain and I hope to continue to do so on many occasions", judgment.

Australian soprano assume the ten functions of L'elisir d'amore programmed Liceu (7, 9, 12, 14 , 16, 18, 22, 24, 26 Y 28 of January of 2018) in replenishing the successful staging signed by Mario Gas. Ramón Tebar will lead to stable bodies Coliseum.

Jessica Pratt started the season in September interpreting Lucia di Lammermoor with a tribute to Maria Callas what meant his Paris debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and October was the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; following its commitment to the Liceu season in the remainder await his return to the Metropolitan in New York (Lucia di Lammermoor) and performances at the Staatsoper Hamburg (The magic Flute) and the Sydney Opera House (Lucia of Lammermoor), among others.

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"The Elixir of Love"

The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia premieres this Saturday, 1 October, "The Elixir of Love", from Donizetti, the opera with which II Preseason begins with popular prices.

Keri-Lynn Wilson returns to the podium of Les Arts ten years after his first collaboration with the Orchestra of Valencia (OCV), on February 2007, in a concert by the mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and low Ildar Abdrazakov.

As he pointed out by the Canadian director, "If I was impressed already ten years ago by the excellent level of the OCV, in my first opera with them I have seen how they have grown and matured in this time, His perfect technique and a great respect for the lyrics and vocals. They have managed in just ten years a level that costs them to other formations 50 years".

The arts center replenishes its production of "L'elisir d'amore", made in co-production with Teatro Real, which it has been required by the operas of Brussels, Graz and Palermo. Damiano Michieletto signs the staging, with scenery Paolo Fantin, wardrobe Silvia Aymonino and lighting Alessandro Carletti.

This time, Eleonora Gravagnola signs the replacement of this work "worthy of Broadway for its freshness and energy", in the words of Keri-Lynn Wilson. The director, who has attended Damiano Michieletto in its main collaborations, He has highlighted the young and modern vision of this opera, whose action tralada a day, with her day and night, in a Valencian beach.

In the production of Michieletto, Adina runs the beach bar where he works Giannetta. Nemorino is a humble "boy for everything", whose maximum that is able to contemplate the beautiful Adina. Dulcamara is a modern charlatan that promises happiness in return for their energy concoctions, while Belcore is a newcomer to the port that landed on the coast female company wanting sailor.

Eplace ste, the beach, simply collect the necessary relationships of the libretto and fun power and credibility to the public today. In the first act is beach day, with families and children playing. In the second act is the beach at night, with the party, the alcohol, sex, jokes and then the desolate and empty beach where Nemorino sings 'Una furtive lagrima', one of the most famous moments of the score ".

The story of "L'elisir d'amore " It is funny but both sad because it shows us the unhappy Nemorino, proving what is possible and impossible to conquer Adina. Try it even with a magic elixir that promises love, but the concoction itself is a lie in itself ".

featured artists, young singers and alumni Centre Plácido Domingo make up the cast of the play. La soprano Ilona Mataradze, one of the first artists of the Centre who enjoys international career, alternating the role of Adina with Karen Gardeazabal, of the current promotion of the artistic project.

Meanwhile, the rising American tenor William Davenport, also sing in "Lucrezia Borgia", Donizetti, Nemorino plays, who has already sung successfully in the United States, where they have exalted as one of the promises of the Italian repertoire.

Paul Bordogna It is one of the biggest stars of the repertoire 'buffo', with works in major opera houses in the world and more than 50 roles on his resume. It debuted at Les Arts in 2011 with "La Cenerentola" and returns to give life to Dulcamara, the 'charlatan' "L'elisir d'amore".

baritone Olivieri Mattia, also he trained at the Centre of Perfeccionament and now sings regularly in prestigious theaters and festivals such as Glyndebourne, Rome Opera and La Scala in Milan, is Belcore. Close cast the renowned bel canto soprano Caterina di Tonno (Jeannette).

A favorite repertoire

L'elisir d'amore " is a comic opera in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani, based on the libretto by Eugène Scribe for "The potion ", to Daniel Auber. Released in Milan 1832, recounts the vicissitudes that Nemorino crosses naive to conquer the love of the rich and distant Adina. The success was so great that the opera was on show during 32 consecutive days and barely it took a year to debut in Spain.

Donizetti's work is one of the essential parts in the operatic repertoire and is among the top fifteen titles represented the great repertoire. Your score contains some of the most popular arias of the genre as 'A furtive lagrima' and 'Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera'.

In addition to the premiere this Saturday, 1 October, Les Arts hosts more performances of "L'elisir d'amore" days 4, 7, 9 Y 12 of that month. The amount of locations ranging from 7 Y 50 euros, with intermediate prices 40, 28, 20 Y 15 euros.

Celso Albelo en L'elisir d'Amore

The story of L'elisir d'amore from Gaetano Donizetti Real, It dates back to the early history of the Madrid Theatre. He went on stage for the first time 1851, one year after its opening by Queen Elizabeth II. Since then the opera is more often depicted, with the functions of this production will be more than 80, and always with great success of public.
This work of Donizetti, which it has the influence of Rossini and Bellini contemporaries, bufo and romantic melodramma, It presents all components of the genre postbelcantismo. But it is not only bufa, It has a dramatic and emotional charge that is clearly reflected in the melancholy Nemorino. his argument, traditional and simple. A great economy of means, both orchestration and action and gimmicky and harmonious music, though seemingly simple, it is beautiful. To this freshness and optimism that distills the work together. sufficient grounds to offer, with guaranteed success, audiences of the time he did not need more to be satisfied.
I think that these reasons are not sufficient at present. Although you should never neglect the necessity and importance of leisure, even for a moment, but it is more than appreciated attend a production with some added value, precisely to give continuity to the mastery of its composition. The importance of the voices, musical direction and scenography, They are as fundamental.

Musical director wanted to recover the original score and orchestration fresh light. With the intention of obtaining a result of finesse and elegance in music performance. But Vicente Alberola, directed only two functions, not complicated and address, is not that prove low risk, It is that it had no substance. The result was flat and uninspiring.

Quite the opposite happened with the scenery of the young Damiano Michieletto. It was his debut at the Royal and had some curiosity about their successes, a growing recognition and some other resounding failure.
His bet for L'elisir d'amore has been to an actual beach that was not lacking in detail. Or props or peculiarity and variety of characters. In principle all very original.

Eleonora Buratto, as Adina, It has evolved from its Don Pasquale last season. Her generous voice volume is accompanied by good projection and diction. It started with some nasality that corrected immediately. Beautiful voice and good looks of a character with little theatrical requirement.
To young man Antonio Poli he came a little big the role of Nemorino. His voice suggests very good manners but has work ahead. It has a good melodic line but lacks fiato and tension in pianos. Lacks comic vein, capacity and importance theatrical scene, especially when dealing with a major role.
Erwin Schrott, bass-baritone (more baritone than under) Uruguayan who played Dulcamara, He had an appearance in spectacular scene. The time redbull, including hostesses, marketin and all-terrain, He was the delight of a, until that moment, mortecino Público. His Dulcamara was not exactly breath. This is a tacky beach that trapichea with certain substances. One the protagonist substance. His voice is powerful, sometimes too and, although it did not chart the appropriate character in the theatrical, If you picked up the work since it appeared on the scene. The audience celebrated and thanked the applause.
Fabio Maria Capitanucci as Belcore was not up to the character. His voice lacks brightness and nuances nor resolved scene. Missing spark, although he was more successful in part buffa that Schrott.
Ruth Rosique, as Giannetta, He left us all wanting more. It is time to offer this young soprano sanluqueña a more important character. We have high-quality voices that fill very well main characters without resorting to third-party international deals. But the third deals, such as, They are also God.

L'elisir d'amore
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Teatro Real, 8-12-2013
Melodrama playful en dos actos (1832)
Libreto of Felice Romani, based on the text
Eugene Scribe para la ópera The potion of
Daniel Auber
New production in co-production of Teatro Real
with Oalau de les Arts in Valencia
D. musical: Marc Piollet
D. scene: Damiano Michieletto
illuminator: Alessandro Carletti
D. choir: Andrés Máspero
Distribution: Antonio Poli, Eleonora Buratto, Fabio
Maria Capitanucci, Erwin Schrott and Ruth Rosique.