'Fedora' opens a 56th opera season that recovers normality

From left to right, Tilman Kuttenkeuler, Guacimara Medina, Antonio Morales, Óscar Muñoz, Encarna Galván, Juan Márquez and Ulises Jaén, this Wednesday, at the Pérez Galdós Theater. / C7

The Pérez Galdós hosts the five titles, the general rehearsals with the public return and the last two productions are screened in the Stagno square

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

'Fedora'a 'verista' piece by Giordano that has never been performed in Gran Canaria, opens the
56th edition of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria opera season Alfredo Krauswhere the five titles, all represented at the Pérez Galdós Theater, always starting at 8:00 p.m., recover the old customs prior to covid-19.

Between February and Junethe enclosure at the mouth of the Guiniguada ravine will host some functions
without capacity restrictions, with the usual breaks and with an audience that, if they wish, will follow the shows without masks.

Also, the Canarian Friends of the Opera (ACO)
recover the presence of young people and students in the general rehearsals prior to each of the five titles. "We understand it as an act of responsibility so that this activity continues among the new generations," he said on Wednesday.
Oscar Muñoz, president of ACO, at the presentation of the season.

The Councilor for Culture of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Encarna Galván, advanced that the Plaza de Stagno, at the back of the Pérez Galdós Theater,
will resume in May and June the live projections of the last two operas of this season'Lucia di Lammermoor' and 'Rigoletto'.

The Cultural Area of ​​El Corte Inglés recovers the conferences prior to each premiere as before the pandemic and the Cinema Classroom of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) will do the same with its cycle of operatic films.

'Mode of operation'

Ulises Jaén, artistic director of ACO, stressed that once again the season has been made based on the available singers. «Our programming is made based on the singers we find. We see those that are available and adapt to the titles that we want to do. In other places they choose to choose the titles first and then they look for the singers », he explained.

In addition to the availability of the voices that interested the artistic direction of ACO, this year they wanted to join the celebrations for the centenary of the mythical soprano
Maria Callas. «We have dedicated the season to women. All the titles are led by women, except 'Rigoletto'. But Maria Callas did the five operas that we are going to program », she assured.

'Fedora', by Giordano, is an opera that was "recently", recognizes Ulises Jaén. On February 21, 23 and 25, it opens in Gran Canaria, the same year that prestigious enclaves of the New York MET, La Scala in Milan and the Berlin Opera, among others, also represent this title "'verista'" by Giordano .

It requires "some very special singers" and in this production the renowned Spanish singer repeats
Session Hernandez and the North American of Chilean origin is released
Jonathan Tetelman, who has achieved enormous success with the album he recorded last year for the Deutsche Grammophon label together with the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra (OFGC), conducted by its owner Karel Mark Chichon.

'Aida' It was the only title of the 2020 season that was canceled due to the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic. This Verdi opera will be performed on March 14, 16 and 18, with
Maria Jose Siri, regular of the ACO season, in the role of Aida. The cast is completed with S
Escobar stood up como Radamés, Judit Kutasi como Amneris, y Ariunbaatar Gangaatar como Amonasro.

'The Mona Lisa', de Ponchielli, will come alive with the performances scheduled for April 18, 20 and 22, with a cast headed again by
Maria Jose Siri, accompanied by Francesco Pio Galasso, Roman Burdenko and Annalisa Stroppa, among other singers.

'Lucia di Lammermoor', de Donizetti, It will be performed on May 23, 25 and 27. Another regular of the seasons in the capital of Gran Canaria, the Australian
Jessica Prattleads a cast in which Edgardo also appears as one of the voices of the moment on the international opera scene, the Spanish
Xabier Anduaga

Verdi closes the season with his
'Rigoletto'on June 13, 15 and 17, with
Carlos Álvarez, Marina Monzó and Iván Ayón Rivas leading the voices.

Overcome "a tremendous deficit that could lead us to disappearance"

Óscar Muñoz, president of ACO, stressed that the involvement of the different public administrations that collaborate with this season during the legislature that expires this spring has been essential for strengthening this activity and for "overcoming a tremendous deficit that could lead us to the disappearance".

Specifically, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria contributes 280,000 euros this year, plus the loan from the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra (OFGC) and another 15,000 euros from its Ministry of Tourism. The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria contributes 10,000 euros more than last season, so it disburses 460,000 euros.

The Government of the Canary Islands goes from 120,000 euros last year to 150,000 this 2023 and Inaem, dependent on the Ministry of Culture, maintains its 116,000 euros.

Both Óscar Muñoz and Ulises Jaén highlighted the "capital" importance of the OFGC in the season. In 'Fedora' it will be directed again by Francesco Ivan Ciampa, a regular this season. He will do the same in 'Aida' José Miguel Pérez Sierra, while Leonardo Sini will take the reins of the island formation in 'La Gioconda'. Lorenzo Passerini will be in charge of directing the OFGC in 'Lucia di Lammermoor', while 'Rigoletto' from Verde will have the legendary Daniel Oren in the pit, who has also gone through this season.

Three of the five titles are ACO's own productions, which will later travel to other enclaves on a rental basis.