One more year, Ópera de Tenerife joins in the celebration of the European Opera Day on 24 April. Different activities will be held at Auditorio de Tenerife, including showing the process of producing an opera, the pre-general rehearsal and informative talks about opera.

The programme, organised by Ópera de Tenerife, starts with the visit of students of Degree in Spanish: Language and Literature of La Laguna University to a talk in which they will learn about the historical context, composer and plot of Hänsel and Gretel. After the talk, they will join Club Ópera subscribers to watch the pre-general rehearsal of this opera at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife.

In the afternoon, we are welcoming different small groups on a guided tour of the production process of The Traviata, to be performed in May under the Ópera Pocket programme, in two municipalities of the island: Adeje and Puerto de la Cruz. Theatre students will have the chance to visit Sala de Cámara, the costume and make-up workshops, apart from watching live the staging work done by its director, Alejandro Abrante.

Ópera de Tenerife is also offering other activities like “Primavera Violeta”, a series of talks on male-centred culture and musical expression from the 19th century to the mid-20th century. The talk is taking place on Thursday, 25th at 6:30 pm, in Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and is entitled Las vanguardias tienen nombre de mujer [Vanguards have a woman’s name] by Lydia Vázquez, professor of French Philology at the University of the Basque Country.

Finally, in Puerto de la Cruz, the exhibition “The Traviata, public virtues, hidden vices” is opened to the public until 20th May. You can learn about the process of opera production including original costumes and a series of panels where different tasks are explained: make up, tailoring, costume fittings and stage design. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 02:00 pm in the patio of the former Casa Rahn.