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, ABAO Bilbao Opera sees the celebration of the Saint-Saëns opera unfeasible, Samson and Delilah planned for the days 23, 26, 29 January 1 February 2021, with the presence of leading artists.

The reduction of capacity to 400 viewers, he 18% of available capacity, along with mobility restrictions and time limits, currently make it impossible for all members and the general public to attend scheduled functions.

On the other hand, the necessary artistic organization of preparation and assembly of the production, as well as the beginning of the trials scheduled for the end of this month, force the decision not to prosper with the celebration of the opera, is determined at the present time.

In the opinion of ABAO Bilbao Opera, 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.

The opera, theater, are proving to be safe spaces. 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.

ABAO maintains its conviction 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, definitely, fairer and freer so it will continue to put all its efforts to maintain Bilbao as an international operatic benchmark.

The Association thanks the partners, to collaborating companies and institutions and the general public, your understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances.

La pianista Armenian Sofya Melikyan will act as guest soloist RTVE Symphony Orchestra concerts in the next few days 24 Y 25 October at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, under the Yi-Chen address Lin. Melikyan, that has earned top honors and major international awards since the beginning of his career, will perform the Piano Concerto "The Egyptian", fifth and last of the composer's piano concertos and indefatigable traveler Camille Saint-Saëns, which it reflects their sensory experiences in Luxor.

"This concert of Saint-Saëns is characterized by its freshness, spontaneity, Energy, sense of humor and use some wonderful themes, harmonically rich imagination. In the second movement, you can see popular motifs of the Middle East and Far East ", Sofya Melikyan says, returning to our country to offer this concert in Madrid, the city where his musical studies with Extraordinary Prize End of Career, before his postgraduate degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

The next November, Sofya Melikyan released eleven works by Spanish composers in the Spanish Music Festival of Cadiz and the Days of Contemporary Music in Segovia: Marisa Manchado, Anna Bofill Levi, Teresa Catalán, Consuelo Díez, Carme Fernández Vidal, Diana Pérez Custodio, María Dolores Serrano Cueto, Arenas José María Martín, Rosa Maria Rodriguez Hernádez, Illumined Pérez Frutos and Laura Vega. And in December, true to its commitment to publicize works composed by women, will offer a concert at the Museum of Rodez Soulange, with works of Galina Ustvolskaya, Germaine Tailleferre y Sofia Gubaidulina.

Sofya Melikyan has performed in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, Sala Bulgaria in Sofia, Kennedy Center en Washington, or Carnegie Hall in New York. His performances have been broadcast on national radio and television in Spain, national radio and television of Armenia, Classic Canal WFMT Chicago, WQXR New York Canal, Melbourne ABC channel and channel of the French TV Mezzo.

Future international engagements include recitals in France, Belgium, Germany and the United States; in spring, will return to Spain to debut as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia.



Canal Theaters Community of Madrid presented the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid in a concert that will perform The Carnival of the Animals from Camile Saint-Saëns next Saturday 12 November in the Green Room with a price from 6 euros.

The Carnival of the Animals It was written in Austria in early 1886 and from its creative beginnings Saint-Saëns's considered a divertimento and never consented to be re-interpret or make it accessible to the public. The composer was aware that some of the fragments were musical parodies in which, subtly, He insinuated ridiculing some composers, (Turtles and Fossils) or interpreters of the time. Given these intentions Saint-Saëns not allowed in this fantasy life was interpreted, nor published his score.

This zoological fantasy is a graceful and light suite composed of 14 pieces that are marching instruments / animals portrayed by Saint-Saëns. The animals appear hidden among the instruments of a set consisting of 2 pianos, a quintet of strings (two violins, a viola, a cello and a double bass), a xylophone and glass harmonica (instrument small metal sheets are played with finger pressure). The instruments are alternated for each of the pieces together playing only the final piece of the work. The narrator is Noelia Cabezas and musical direction by Carlos Ocaña.

The concert is part Ibercaja Music Cycle of the Youth Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid (JORC), that this season consolidates and increases its activity. Thanks to the support of Ibercaja, Youth Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid (JORC), in its various formations (youth Orchestra, Young and Young Singers Choir), He will star in a varied and eclectic concert series. It is a bet Canal Theatre, the JORCAM and Ibercaja aimed at bringing the art of music to all audiences, especially families and children, so they can enjoy, learn and share.

Youth Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid (JORC), It consists of a 220 young boys (135 musicians and around 85 voices). Its purpose is to contribute to the training of young locals musicians in a professional context, high-quality technical and artistic. In this group the Youth Orchestra live, the Youth Choir and the Choir Small JORCAM.

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Maria Jose Montiel will begin the month of September “with great enthusiasm to assume for the first time the character of Dalila who has always been, for vocality and beauty, one of my dreams", affirms the mezzo-soprano from Madrid, role with which he will debut in Mexico. "The truth is that it comes at the best time", keep going. "French music, both in the operatic repertoire and in that of the song, has always lived as something natural in my repertoire, and the heroine of Saint-Saëns, like is logic, I felt her getting closer and closer, so now I face it with great enthusiasm; Besides, it will be the first time I sing an opera in Mexico, so everything comes together so that I feel very happy ", Add. Montiel will debut the sensual character at the Nuevo León Opera, In Monterrey, an institution that, with the support of the State Council of Culture of Mexico, has the privilege of having witnessed the careers of local artists with a great international career, as is the case of the tenor Javier Camarena.

The Spanish singer will offer two performances of the great Saint-Säens opera, the days 18 Y 20 September sharing the stage with Rodrigo Garciarroyo, Guillermo Ruiz, Oscar Martinez Y Charles Oppenheim, the Nuevo León Opera Choir and the UANL Symphony Orchestra, all led by Guido Maria Guida.

María José Montiel will arrive in Mexico after having debuted this July in Israel the role of Ulrica from Un ballo in maschera, from Verdi, Hand Zubin Mehta. After the performances of Samson et Dalila he will offer a recital at the Alicante Concert Society (7 October), will sing Verdi's Requiem with La Verdi in Milan as part of the events that close the Expo Milano 2015 (29 Y 30 October 1 of November) and will debut at the San Carlo Theater in Naples with one of his fetish roles, the protagonist of Carmen, from Bizet, again under the direction of Zubin Mehta.

Nancy Fabiola Herrera

La mezzosoprano española Nancy Fabiola Herrera regresa a España esta vez para debutar en Europa un papel fascinante, el de Dalila, de la ópera Samson et Dalila, from Camille Saint-Saëns, rol que la intérprete canaria cantó por primera vez en una espectacular nueva producción del Festival Amazonas de Ópera de Brasil in April 2009. En esa ocasión estuvo dirigida por el regista asturiano Emilio Sagi en un montaje “espectacular, muy estético, pero que profundizaba en la tortuosa relación de los protagonistas”, says the singer, quien ha escogido la Opera Oviedo para debutar el rol en Europa. El público del Campoamor de la capital asturiana ya conoce las virtudes de la mezzosoprano en las lides del repertorio francés, ya que allí debutó con su inigualable Charlotte del Werther, from Massenet (September 2012).

Herrera regresa al escenario ovetense después de cosechar un nuevo éxito en su carrera, esta vez con la ópera de Daniel Catán Florencia en el Amazonas tanto en la Washington National Opera como en la Ópera de Los Ángeles (U.S), finalizando un año en el que, Besides, llevó su aplaudida visión de la protagonista de Carmen, from Bizet, a Sidney, Melbourne, Moscú y Roma. “Me alegro enormemente de regresar a la Ópera de Oviedo porque disfruto muchísimo cantando en esa ciudad, en la que se vive la música y la cultura, una feliz excepción en el panorama español. El Campoamor, Besides, me trae bellísimos recuerdos no solo por el Werther de hace un par de años, sino también por la gala en la que allí participé y en la que recibí el premio a la Mejor Cantante de Zarzuela en 2008”, points, aunque reconoce que ahora regresa con un personaje muy diferente: “Dalila no tiene mucho que ver con Charlotte, ya que la primera es como un demonio, todo sensualidad y maldad, y la segunda una mujer sensible y romántica”.

Después de su Dalila en Oviedo -con funciones en enero (28 Y 31) y febrero (3 Y 6)- , Nancy Fabiola Herrera viajará al Arriaga Theater in Bilbao para ofrecer un recital junto a Rubén Fernandez Aguirre antes de cantar una gala junto a otras estrellas como Stephen Costello Y Angela Meade en la Academy of Vocal Arts de Filadelfia (U.S), de interpretar Carmen en Menorca y de participar en un concierto junto a la Gewandhaus Orchestra dirigida por Josep Pons en Leipzig (Germany).