Fortnight San Sebastián
A month begins 78 edition of the San Sebastian Musical Fortnight, the appointment is emerging as one of the most important summer. Till the date, They have renewed 100% fertilizers and have already been sold 15.500 tickets. further, three of the performances are about to supply lasts: the first function of “Carmen”, of the ballet of Victor Ullate, which opens the festival; “Fidelio” from Beethoven that the BBC Philharmonic and the Orfeón Donostiarra will provide, concert version, he 4 August and “Requiem”, from Verdi, that the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Orfeón Donostiarra will perform jointly 26 of August. In this way, the Fortnight is consolidated as one of the most sustainable festivals, able to finance close to 50% your budget (amounting to 2.400.000 euros) through ticket sales, sponsorships and other income outside of public institutions.
This year, The festival offer has increased notably with the creation of new cycles such as the Museo San Telmo, where you can hear some of the jewels of the chamber repertoire of the last two centuries. There will also be more activities aimed at children not only in San Sebastián, but also in other towns of Guipúzcoa, as Irún, Getaria, Oñati or Zumaia, that will host for the first time storytelling and workshops for children. The Kursaal program, the main venue of the Fortnight, also has in this edition with a greater number of musical proposals, like the double date with the ballet or the opera performed. Total, 87 shows, rdivided into 11 cycles that will extend throughout the province, besides Álava, Navarra e Iparralde. The Fortnight aims to expand its presence in the French Basque Country.
The symphonic start of the 78 edition of the Fortnight, the longest-running and most sustainable classical music festival in Spain, will be run by the BBC Philharmonic and its chief conductor, the vitorian Juanjo Mena, National Music Award 2016. This performance will mark the debut of the British group in the Fortnight. Before this appointment, the Philharmonic will premiere on 21 July at the Proms in London the play "Fidelio", Beethoven, produced in conjunction with the festival directed by Patrick Alfaya. That same program will be repeated, also with the Orfeón Donostiarra, in the second of his performances in San Sebastián.
Además del debut of the BBC Philharmonic and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the 78th edition includes the recovery of the opera represented for the festival. Besides "Fidelio", Beethoven, concert version; the public can enjoy "The Marriage of Figaro", from Mozart. Luxembourg training will act under Gustavo Gimeno, one of the most successful Spanish directors internationally. Among the plethora of artists who will visit the Fortnight between the days 1 Y 31 August highlights the presence of the Gipuzkoan dancer Lucía Lacarra, who will play Carmen in the first of the two performances of Víctor Ullate's ballet.
In this edition of the Fortnight, it is also worth highlighting the presence of Asian musicians. Almost 20 years after his first visit to the festival in 1998, the Asian Youth Orchestra returns to San Sebastián. In addition to the Taiwanese conductor Yi Chen Lin - who will conduct Mozart's opera- and the AYO, highlights the recital that the renowned and media Chinese pianist Yuja Wang will give together with the violinist Leónidas Kavakos. Finally, la Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, under the orders of its current Director, Louis Langrée, will close the Fortnight with two performances.
As it is also usual in this cultural event, the 78 edition of the San Sebastián Musical Fortnight will develop its parallel cycles: Old music, Contemporary music, Organ, young Performers, the new Music cycle at the San Telmo Museum, On the border, Fortnight Fortnight Andante and Children. You can purchase tickets through the website (, and at the box office of the Kursaal and Victoria Eugenia Theater.
Maria Jose Montiel

The criticism was unanimous: the Carmen de Maria Jose Montiel Florida Grand Opera in Miami (U.S) It was “unforgettable”. Madrid diva, National Music Award 2015, She inaugurated in November season coliseum with American lyric opera popular Bizet getting a great personal success both public and critics. “The Spanish mezzo-soprano Maria Jose Montiel in his debut in FFO truthfully portrayed a woman who would rather die than lose their independence. The audience gave at the time that his brazen voice launched into the interpretation of the iconic 'Habanera’ like a silver chalice that casts a rich, thick liquid it were. Radiating joy of living, Carmen Montiel Stunningly pronounce the consonants as if his tongue savoring a dish to gourmet. Even if someone turned off the lights Scene, it would shine” (Bill Hirschman para Florida Theater on Stage). The iconic character has become one of the letters of the acclaimed performer on five continents, and in February it will resume on his return to Spanish stages. It will be when you drive scene at the Kursaal in San Sebastián, within the season organized by Opus Lírica (days 10 Y 12 February).

Production borne by Storm Gonzalez Villareal, who proposes a “contemporary vision of the character but the utmost respect for the work of Bizet and Merimée”, As he discussed in the presentation of the show. The musical direction signature Andrea Albertin and Maria Jose Montiel accompany the tenor Eduardo Sandoval (Mr Jose) and the director of Opus Lirica, Ainhoa ​​Garmendia (Micaëla).

Before, he 25 from January, Maria Jose Montiel offered in a recital in Madrid Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando accompanied on piano by Michael Estelrich in homage to the musicologist and historian father Federico Sopeña.

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Next August 1st, the San Sebastian Musical Fortnight with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (days 1 Y 2) and works Prokofiev, Beethoven Y Mozart. It will be the start of a new edition focused on consolidating a new model that without giving up rigor, the variety and quality of your proposals, has achieved a total and very healthy sustainability in times of crisis.

With the season tickets confirmed 100% for editing 2015 and some shows sold out a month after its inauguration with the 78% of the forecast of covered ticket sales, the interest that has aroused has the support of an audience that sees the ‘Tosca’ that will be performed on days 13 Y 15, with Ainhoa ​​Arteta as the protagonist and the show ‘Voces’, from Sara Baras, sold-out.

The symphonic series, with the Mahler Chamber in the opening and successively the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Cadaqués Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Symphony - these three with the Orfeón Donostiarra- and the Oslo Philharmonic for closing on 30 of August, They have also been favorably received by the public with the programs that will be directed, in this order, by batons like that of Yuri Termikanov, Alberto Zedda, Jukka-Pekka Sarastre O Vasily Petrenko.

The presence of soloists like Grigori Sokolov (day 10 at the Victoria Eugenia Theater), for many the best pianist in the world, O Javier Perianes, the Spanish with the most international presence, next to the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, as well as lyrical proposals, old music, Baroque or pedagogical and solidarity programs with a wide presence within the calendar - as planned each year with the funds of the Early Music Cycle, which this season allocates the money collected from the tickets to the ADELA-Gipuzkoa association for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis-, make Donostia one of the most distinguished festivals but best adapted to the modernity of Europe.