Updated 29 April: What a fabulous space the Santa Cruz auditorium is, and how wonderful Ópera de Tenerife is! I was there last evening for the company’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute as part of Ópera de Tenerife’s drive to make opera accessible to families.
And so the packed-out audience was full of everyone from grandparents to children as young as three or four, all of us loving the way they’d kept the opera traditional while shortening it and making it almost pantomimic at times. At one point the tenor singing Tamino directly involved the children in the audience … ¿hay niños aqui?, he asked, to an incredible chorus of response Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii …
But an equal star in any event in the auditorium is the building itself. What a wonderful concert hall we are so lucky to have here!
Original post 25 April: **The post below was made at 11.30am and at 2pm Ópera de Tenerife says that tickets are sold out. If you wanted them, I hope you were one of the lucky ones, and if not, I will be posting further such productions so watch this space!**
If you think you might like opera but that it might be a bit too “highbrow”, how about a “family version”? This weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, Ópera de Tenerife is staging just that with Mozart’s Magic Flute. Normally a three-hour or so opera this will be nearer an hour and a bit, with much of the adapted and reduced recitative in Spanish but all the arias in their original German.
The “family opera” production is part of the company’s attempt to make their art form more accessible, and it makes complete sense that they’ve chosen such an accessible opera with which to do it. The Saturday performance will be at 6pm and Sunday’s is a matinee performance at midday, both in the main Sala Sinfónica at the Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz. Tickets can be acquired in the usual places and in the box office between 10am and 7.30pm Monday to Saturday, or online HERE.