After starting the season celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Balearic Symphony conducted by Pablo Mielgo with three concerts in Mallorca, María José Montiel returns this month to Valencia to open the subscription season of the Orchestra of Valencia with the third Symphony of Gustav Mahler with the teacher Ramón Tebar on the podium. It will be the 22 October in the Palace of Arts. Mahler, mezzosoprano which Madrid has sung many of his vocal catalog and who is considered a benchmark is an author who, in the words of singer, “in recent years he has accompanied me a lot in my career and I am therefore very happy and proud, as I feel his music and his art like a second skin. His creations are sublime and when I was fortunate to begin interpreting his works I was caught by the emotional burden associated”. As for his third Symphony, Montiel defined as “an anthem to nature; It has a wonderful melodic originality in its treatment transporting you to another world, sometimes cutting your breathing; It is certainly one of the most beautiful works ever written and it is a privilege to liven ", concludes.

Alternating his professional career on stage with teaching -the last May was named professor of singing the Universität der Künste Berlin-, Madrid mezzo return in November to Berlin to continue his teaching, what work, in collaboration with various institutions in Germany settled down Spanish, It is made to disseminate and publicize the song concert by Spanish authors.

Among other commitments, in season 2019/2020 also they include recitals in cities like Madrid and Alicante or return to the Cervantes Theater in Malaga to get into the skin of the female protagonist The favourite, Donizetti, a character who debuted last few seasons at the Teatro Comunale Bologna.

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María José Montiel

La mezzosoprano española Maria Jose Montiel, National Music Award 2015, continues its international agenda that will take, at the end of January, a Estados Unidos para ofrecer un recital en el ciclo Opera Stars Concerts de la Naples Opera de Miami (Florida), in which he reviewed a wide range of Spanish and French mélodie song also including pieces of composers Brazilians accompanied on the piano by musical director of the house, teacher Ramón Tebar. The appointment is 31 from January, time that the Spanish diva can reconnect with the public than last year applauded as the protagonist of Bizet's opera Carmen, One character that has made it famous in half the world.

Immediately after, María José Montiel viajará hasta el corazón de la isla de Mallorca para ofrecer, at the new Auditorium in Manacor (4 February), un concierto en homenaje al pintor y escultor mallorquín Joan Riera Ferrari, died in May last year. Montiel actuará junto al maestro Michael Estelrich, un cómplice artístico con el que ha ofrecido recitales en diversas ocasiones y que se ha destacado especialmente por su labor en la recuperación y difusión de la obra de compositores baleares.

Always in February (day 20), la mezzo española regresará al Palau de la Música Catalana de Barcelona para interpretar la Messa da Requiem de Giuseppe Verdi junto al Coro y a la Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu bajo la dirección de su titular, teacher Josep Pons. En esta velada los cuerpos estables del coliseo lírico barcelonés actuarán en el auditorio modernista formando parte de la programación estable del ciclo BCN Clàssics con sede en el Palau.

Later await María José Montiel, among other commitments, performances in Tenerife, Madrid, Valencia and Lisbon.

In time, The soldier & Friends”

La Fundación Columbus celebró el 11 de diciembre el primer concierto de la gira benéfica "In time, The soldier & Friends”, where health, culture and innovation joined at the Cultural Center La Beneficencia, in Valencia.

Este primer recital lo protagonizaron la mezzo soprano Maria Jose Montiel, National Music Award 2015, teacher Ramón Tébar, current director of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra and Opera Florida, y el cellista de la Orquesta Nacional de España, Ángel Luis Quintana, con el cello “Il Soldato”. La primera parte del concierto estuvo dedicada a la música española y latinoamericana, mientras que durante la segunda parte los artistas abordaron un selecto programa de música francesa. Todo ello estará disponible en la página web de la Fundación (<from 16 from December. Likewise, se podrá disfrutar de este magnífico recital durante los días 24 Y 25 en el canal de televisión Orbe21, con motivo de su programación especial de Navidad.

La finalidad de este concierto era dar a conocer la labor de la Fundación Columbus y, at the same time, recaudar fondos para conseguir financiar el acceso a tratamientos innovadores a niños con cáncer y enfermedades raras. For that, cuentan con el apoyo de Global Omnium – Fundación Aguas de Valencia, la Obra Social La Caixa y Andersen Tax & Legal, que han sido los patrocinadores principales de este evento, y con quienes comparten valores y objetivos sociales.

Entre los asistentes al evento, se encontraban diferentes personalidades relacionadas con los ámbitos de la salud, la innovación y la cultura, como el Profesor Don Santiago Grisolía, presidente del Consell Valencià de Cultura; Manuel Colonques, presidente de Porcelanosa y distinguidos invitados del mundo empresarial valenciano, como Mercedes y Celia Calabuig; además de otros asistentes del ámbito cultural y musical de la provincia.

Protonterapia para niños con cáncer

In this context, la Fundación presentó el primer proyecto que va a llevar a cabo, que tiene como fin facilitar el acceso a la radioterapia con protones a niños enfermos de cáncer. La protonterapia es un tipo de radioterapia que tiene la ventaja de reducir considerablemente los efectos secundarios producidos por la convencional (de fotones). A pesar de ser un tratamiento ampliamente desarrollado en el resto del mundo, España no cuenta aún con centros que ofrezcan esta solución, clave en niños por su vulnerabilidad a padecer efectos adversos en sus tejidos y órganos, que se encuentran en pleno desarrollo.

La directora general de la Fundación Columbus, Ana Gómez, explicó que el primer proyecto piloto en el que están trabajando, conjuntamente con el Hospital Niño Jesús, “está dirigido a niños con tumores cerebrales y tiene como objetivo facilitar que, en los casos indicados por los especialistas, los pequeños puedan acceder al tratamiento con protones en centros europeos”. In this sense, añadió: “La urgencia con la que estos niños deben tratarse es trascendental, ya que existe una ventana de tiempo muy
determinada para que puedan obtenerse buenos resultados, y nuestra misión como fundación es la de conseguir que puedan recibir el tratamiento adecuado a tiempo”.

Sobre este proyecto, la Embajadora de la Fundación Columbus, Maria Jose Montiel, he highlighted: “Este es el programa benéfico más emocionante en el que he participado en toda mi vida, y supone un gran privilegio poder alzar mi voz dando amor y entrega a niños que lo necesitan”. further, señaló: “Cantar en Valencia tiene para mí un sentido especial por los grandes amigos que tengo y que hacen que sienta esta tierra como mía”.

Meanwhile, el fundador y patrono de la Fundación Columbus, Javier García, he claimed: “Para nosotros es un honor contar con artistas de la talla de María José Montiel, Ramón Tebar y Ángel Luis Quintana para este concierto. Rara vez se puede ver tanto talento musical y generosidad juntos sobre un escenario. El programa que han preparado es único y digno de las grandes salas de conciertos del mundo. Tenemos la suerte de disfrutarlo en la Beneficencia y de poder transmitirlo para que sea visto por millones de personas a través de Orbe 21 y de nuestra página web”.

Los próximos conciertos tendrán lugar en Barcelona (Casa Batlló), en la primavera del 2018; y en noviembre del mismo año en la Universidad de Georgetown, en Washington DC, este último con los mismos artistas del concierto inaugural.

Sobre la Fundación Columbus

El objetivo de la Fundación Columbus es contribuir al desarrollo de la sociedad, promoviendo y difundiendo cultura y ciencia e impulsando iniciativas sociales que permitan que tratamientos avanzados puedan ser accesibles a todas las personas que lo necesiten y, in particular, a la población infantil. Es una fundación sin ánimo de lucro, con sede social en Valencia, constituida en el Registro General de fundaciones de competencia estatal, con número de registro 1930.

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He came back the Spanish opera "El Gato Montes" to the stage of the Teatro de la Zarzuela to celebrate the centenary of its composition. And he did under the direction of José Carlos Plaza scene and the music of Ramon Tebar, para dar life to the music of Manuel Penella.

Undoubtedly the most valuable of the work of Penella is a music full of nuances and a dramatic charge which enhances the strength of the characters. All very Spanish: toreros, highwaymen, Romany, sorceresses ... A set of personalities that describe, along with music, the most recognizable Spanish folklore. Not easy to interpret this work, great vocal demand for singers. And it's not easy for stage directors.

This time, production of José Carlos Plaza has been enriched with choreography by Cristina Hoyos, which has not only created the steps of the dancers, He has also filled life movements singers. What it has endowed all representation of elegance and Andalusian flamenco tradition that oozes work Penella.

The scenery of José Carlos Plaza, which it was awarded in the missing Campoamor Awards, It may be too austere. Except exaggerated and rich elements, like a huge baroque mirror, that looks more like a large funerary sculpture, with bull and matador included. Or the huge face of a painful at times occupying the top of the stage. The rest of dark scenery compose successful, although poor, Francisco Leal and lighting, outstandingly, Pedro Moreno's wardrobe. All this to show the deepest, darkest side of the work represents Spain. It is interesting to note the similarities El Gato Montes has with the opera Carmen, Bizet. Namely the Carmen de Calixto Bieito we've seen recently at the Royal Theater and this wildcat agree more than the darkness of her scenes.

The role of Solea is represented in this first cast by the German soprano Nicola Beller Carbone. Sand note the effort to offer a flamenco Solea, with the help of Cristina Hoyos, but his character fails by poor diction. Almost impossible to understand what he was saying, despite having grown up in Spain. But his performance was very commendable.

Baritone El Gato Montes Juan Jesus Rodriguez He had all the attributes of the Andalusian bandolero. A brave and able to kill and take to the mountains for the woman who loves man. All it adorned with an interesting point of nobility that gave the character a special appeal. His round voice, powerful and warm clothing ended character.

Rafael Ruiz, "The Macareno", She was played by an expert on this role, Andeka Gorrotxategi. Basque tenor, Decorating almost all registers with a beautiful metal, He tackled with ease and robustness acute and central zones of a somewhat static Macareno on stage.

Comprimarios box was at high altitude. Desatacar exceptional Miguel Sola, in the role of Father Anton, both vocally as, especially, in the interpretive part. impeccable also, in the role of Frasquita, hope Mentxaka Y Gerardo Bullón, as concrete. They are always a guarantee on any production that address.

Highlight the performance of the choir. Not only for his craft, I knew also offer moments of great lyricism and beauty were widely applauded by the public.

Topping the Community of Madrid Orchestra Manuel Tebar one who knew how to deliver the best version of a limited orchestra. He managed to recreate the desired atmosphere by the composer and gave a bright version of its known fragments, as the pasodoble the second act.

A beloved Spanish opera by an audience that fills the Teatro de la Zarzuela in this new and exciting stage.

Marina

Marina Spanish is one of those reference works that all fans have recorded in its memory. Who does not sometimes hums his conocidísima "A drink, let's drink". It has also always been one of the most scheduled. The last time just four years ago in this same theater. Although previously Twenty years had elapsed, since Alfredo Kraus Jorge played.

Teacher Emilio Arrieta, transformed the Marina zarzuela opera to be premiered at the Teatro Real. Event happened in 1871.

This opera in three acts, directed by Ramón Tebar and stage direction Ignacio García, He has had a young cast and almost unknown. Marina's main role has been interpreted by the Ukrainian, with Romanian passport, Olena Sloia. This young soprano based in Madrid for years, It has a curious history. He sang in various locations and streets of Madrid, until one day, near the Opera Square, It was discovered by the teacher Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, present in the room at the premiere. From there, and the invaluable teacher recommendation, has started what we hope will be a brilliant career in the world of opera. Qualities not lacking. It has a pleasant and vigorous high register with which he could not excess volume of the orchestra. He won expressiveness and support in the third inning and got a deserved ovation.

Jorge's character was played by tenor Alejandro del Cerro. He started something intemperate or nervous, which it did not prevent him addressing his complicated arias with courage. In the third act he came up and offered moments of great lyricism.

Damian del Castillo, as Roque, It was too low to. Something past impost and coarseness at times.

scenography, Navy replacement four years ago, This time it is more evocative night thanks to the lighting Paco Ariza. The sea and sailors are very present throughout the play. Also a part of the pier, which he occupied the middle of the stage and the chorus limited movements.

The orchestra, Strongly directed by newcomer in the Zarzuela Ramón Tebar, at times it reached a volume of sound that got in trouble singers. Much tighter in the second half, He highlighted its dynamism.

A good end of season for a Teatro de la Zarzuela in which you begin to notice the deep work of the new team, and projects and the illusion of the immediate future.