Ópera de Oviedo

Head office: Ópera de Oviedo
C/ Milicias Nacionales, 3 – 5° Izda
33003 OVIEDO – Asturias (España)
Telephone: (+34) 985 21 17 05/ 985 212 402

Governing Board

President: Jaime Martínez González-Río
Vice-President: Juan García-Conde Noriega
Treasurer: Javier Gómez Tuñón
Secretary: Pablo Ros Wagener
Members: Ma Encina Cortizo Rodríguez, Ignacio Martínez García, Eladio Javier Rico García

General and Artistic Director: Javier Menéndez Álvarez
Financial and Human Resources Manager: Rubén García Alonso
Assistant Director for Sponsorships: Laura María García Menéndez
Production Manager: Marioli Álvarez Tejedor
Artistic Coordination: Patricia Cuesta Martín
Drama: Adolfo Domingo López
External Relations and Communications: Alicia Suárez Hulton
Administration of Subscriptions and Tickets: Asunción Noriega Achábal
International Operations and Projects: Alejandro Carantoña Fajardo
Technical Director: Antonio López Fraga
Stage Manager: Albert Estany de la Torre
Lighting Manager: Alfonso Malanda Rodríguez
Wardrobe Manager: Nadia Balada
Make-up Manager: Belén Rueda García
Prop Manager: Jesús Lafuente Granda
Musical Director: Francisco Javier Azpiri Múgica
Vocal Coach: Lola Arenas Hernández
Phoniatrist: Dr. Miguel Maldonado Fernández
Maestro Repetiteur: Mario Álvarez Blanco

The five titles that can be enjoyed in the Teatro Campoamor in the next opera series are productions or co-productions of the Ópera de Oviedo. The 66th season starts on September 15th with the opera Das Rheingold, the first part of the Wagnerian series The Nibelungs Ring, four epic operas composed by Richard Wagner based on characters and elements of German mythology and the Song of the Nibelungs. In this way, the Ópera de Oviedo starts with a complete series of the Tetralogy, to be completed in future seasons.

The stage management of Das Rheingold has been entrusted to Michal Znaniecki, a Polish stage manager who in 2012 received in the Teatro Campoamor the prize for the Best New Production of the Year, Opera Prizes for his Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) performed in the ABAO (Bilbao) in April 2011. On this occasion, he makes an original and novel proposal for the Opera de Oviedo based on his work of video mapping. The maestro Guillermo García Calvo, who performed for the first time in the Opera season in January 2011 with Tristan and Isolde (Wagner), also conducts the OSPA on this occasion with a cast where Elena Zhidkova in the role of Fricka, Kurt Rydl in the role of Fafner, Eike Wilm Schulte as Alberich and Tómas Tómasson in the role of Wotan are all worthy of mention.
The second title of the season with its first performance on October 13th and performance of a second cast on the 18th, satisfies the second of the bicentenaries of the year, that of Verdi. The Traviata performed in the Teatro Campoamor is a co-production of the Opera de Oviedo, the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, the Festival de Verano de El Escorial and the Auditorio Baluarte de Pamplona. The stage manager from Oviedo, Susana Gómez, participating in the two last series of Oviedo with proposals for Norma, in a semi-staged version, (2011) and Turandot (2012) has been entrusted with the project. The main roles have been commissioned to some of singers who regularly perform in the best opera houses of the world. The American soprano Ailyn Pérez is Violetta, a role she has just finished in Covent Garden, the Venezuelan tenor Aquiles Machado is Alfredo, and the Italian baritone Gabriele Viviani incarnates Germon. The musical conductor is Carlo Montanaro, on the podium of the Oviedo Filarmonía.

On November 17th, 19th, 21st and 23rd (with a second cast performance on the 22nd) Don Pasquale (Donizetti) arrives at Oviedo with a production acquired by the Opera de Oviedo which has already been heard in the Festival de Peralada and that of Las Palmas. The stage manager is the Murcian, Curro Carreres, disciple of Emilio Sagi and one of the youngest Spanish directors with the greatest talent. The musical part has been entrusted to the Oviedo Filarmonía and its principal conductor, Marzio Conti.
The main role of this opera has been entrusted to Carlos Chausson. Besides, the Asturian soprano, Beatriz Díaz, sings for the first time as Norina, the former being one of the great successes of the last Oviedo season in her role of Liù, Turandot (second cast performance). The tenor from Alicante, Antonio Gandía is Ernesto, a role he performed with great success in the Washington Opera in April 2011 with Placido Domingo at the front of the WNO.

The fourth title of the 12/14 Season is Ainadamar, with performances on December 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th. It is a co-production of the Opera de Oviedo, the Festival de Música y Danza de Granada and the Festival Internacional de Santander. It was performed for the first time in Granada in April 2011, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the death of Federico García Lorca. The opera is narrated chronologically back to front and reports the opposition of the poet from Granada to the Falange Española, the beginning of the Civil War and Lorca’s murder.
Ainadamar is the first opera of the Argentinean composer, Osvaldo Golijov, a work for which he obtained two Grammy prizes for the “Best Opera Recording of 2006” and to the “Best Classical-Contemporary Composition”. To the music is added another Lorcan wink, the participation of the dance company of Antonio Gades. The Spanish singers, María Hinojosa, Marina Pardo, Elena Sancho, Alfredo Tejada (flamenco singer), Francisco Crespo and Pablo Gálvez integrate the cast with musical conducting by Corrado Rovaris at the front of the OSPA and stage direction of the Mexican, Luis de Tavira.
The 66th season closes with a co-production of the Opera de Oviedo and the Magdeburg Theatre which was performed for the first time in the Teatro Campoamor in October 2009. Don Giovanni (Mozart) with stage management of Alfred Kirchner musical direction by Álvaro Albiach (principal conductor of the Orquesta de Extremadura), can be seen on January 26th, 28th and 30th and February 1st, but also in a second cast performance on January 31st. All the latter amounts to 23 performances, one more than past series. Don Giovanni means the return to the Oviedo stage of the Spanish soprano Isabel Rey, who sings the role of Donna Anna, the Russian baritone, Rodion Pogossov, who has just performed Figaro (Barbero de Sevilla) in the Metropolitan of Nueva York and in Oviedo sings for the first time the role of Don Giovanni; and Simón Orfila, who repeats as Leporello. Virginia Tola also sings for the first time in Oviedo in the role of Donna Elvira.
Another regular performer of the Teatro Campoamor, the puppeteer Evaristo, performs the children’s show of the Season, with Cuéntame una Ópera, La Traviata.