The Canarian mezzo-soprano Belén Elvira is also making her debut with the orchestra as a guest soloist


The conductor Julio García Vico will take charge of the Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) to conduct the fifth concert of the season with works by Tchaikovsky and Falla. The mezzo-soprano Belén Elvira will make her debut as a guest soloist at the event which will take place this Friday (3), at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorio de Tenerife.

In the first part of the programme, the orchestra will perform a selection from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty, TH13, written by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky in 1889, which recounts the eternal struggle between good and evil through the guiding thread of the classic tale by Perrault. The Russian composer composed this piece in a baroque style and repeatedly uses two musical themes to intensify the drama and suspense, as well as representing the fight personified by the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse, respectively.

After the interlude, the Sinfónica de Tenerife will perform El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), a score by Falla from the year 1919. The composer from Cadiz deploys a palette of colours, textures, and Spanish folkloric sounds to develop a comic-romantic entanglement which, at its premiere at the Alhambra Theatre in London, had sets and designs by Pablo Picasso.

Julio García Vico has served as an assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and has worked with maestros such as Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth, and Antonio Pappano. In addition to the British orchestra, he has conducted the main Spanish orchestras such as the Orquesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Orchestra), RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television), the Symphony Orchestra of Navarra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, the Orchestra of the City of Granada, among others.

Within the field of opera, he has served as assistant to the maestro Luisotti for La Bohème at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Abroad he has also worked with La Società dei Concerti, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Gürzenich-Orchestre Köln, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Münchener Symphoniker, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Oper Köln, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, and the WDR Sinfonieorchester.

García Vico holds several international distinctions, such as the Dirigenten Prize 2019 in Germany, the Audience Award of the foundation "Oscar and Vera Ritter-Stiftung" and the Bonn Opera Prize 2019, as well as the prestigious "Donatella Flick" 2021.

His forthcoming engagements include a series of concerts with the Orchestra of the City of Barcelona, Real Orquesta Sinfónica of Seville, the Symphony Orchestra of Vallés, the Symphony Orchestra of Murcia, and a new collaboration with the Orquesta da Camera di Mantova.

Since her debut in the role of Santuzza, the Canarian mezzo-soprano Belén Elvira has pursued a performing career at the main national and international theatres, performing the lead roles in titles such as Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Forza del Destino, Suor Angelica, Aida, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, Andrea Chenier, Macbeth, Maria Estuarda, and La Casa de Bernarda Alba.

Her symphonic and oratorio repertoire includes works such as Krönungsmesse and Requiem by Mozart, Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Requiem by Donizetti, Requiem by Verdi, Das Lied von der Erde (The Earth’s Song) by Mahler, or Siete Canciones Populares (Seven Spanish Folksongs) by Falla, among others.

Elvira has worked alongside prominent orchestra conductors such as Jordi Bernàcer, Michael Balke, Pietro Rizzo, Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, Miquel Ortega, Jorge Rubio, Pedro Halffter, José Miguel Pérez Sierra, Alessandro Palumbo and Daniel Oren.

Among her recent performances it is worth highlighting her performance in the role of Aurora la Beltrana in Doña Francisquita at the Teatro Pérez Galdos; Salome by Richard Strauss at the Arena di Verona Foundation; Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao; Andrea Chenier at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas with Daniella Dessi; a performance at the Wigmore Hall alongside the tenor Jorge de León and the pianist Álvarez Parejo; and a concert at Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, as a guest of Plácido Domingo.

The Tenerife Association for Friends of Music has prepared once again a free talk by Lourdes Bonnet Fernández-Trujillo in order to explain the different works of this season’s concert. This event is free until full capacity is reached. It takes place on the Sala Avenida, next to the Chamber Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, at 6:30 p.m.

The tickets for this concert can be purchased until the day of the event on the website, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.