The restrictions in the face of the pandemic that does not stop impossible to schedule on the scheduled dates of the fourth ABAO season title. The premiere of ‘L’elisir d’amore’ was scheduled for February 20, but the maintenance of the capacity limitation at 400 spectators and the prohibition of moving outside the territory have prevented the lyrical entity from keeping the production on the bill. However, there will not be a gap until May, when the season finale with ‘Tosca’ is scheduled. The ABAO has just announced a ambitious program of operas in digital format, the celebration of a cycle of recitals that will culminate in a lyrical gala and a series of lectures that will address issues related to different aspects of opera.
The bad news of the impossibility of celebrating the five planned functions (an era of ‘Opera Berri’) of Donizetti’s title was sung. In order to keep it standing, a relaxation of restrictions, something impossible in a context of increased infections. The directors of the Bilbao lyrical entity had already feared for at least a month what could happen, and for this reason it has been preparing a program of activities that, without replacing the magic of a live lyrical show, allows to keep the flame of the lyric.
The new program, called ABAO Opera Live, will be divided into three chapters. ABAOencasa II follows the model that the entity already launched during the lockdown last spring. In this case, will offer its partners in digital format ten titles of the seasons from 2010 to 2020 (‘Werther’, ‘The Flying Dutchman’, ‘Don Carlos’, ‘María Estuarda’ and others) as well as the recitals of Leo Nucci and Inva Mula, Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez. Each of these features will be available for ten days.
ABAOonstage will be reflected in six recitals by as many lyric figures. The first wasIt will be on February 6, and will be carried out by Lisette Oropesa, in his first performance of this type in Spain. Until spring, on the stages of the Euskalduna and the Philharmonic Society, these recitals will take place. The lyrical entity has not given all the names because some are not yet closed. The cycle will conclude with a gala with which the ABAO intends to make a fiery defense of live culture and at the same time pay tribute to the singers who have been affected by cancellations and postponements.
Finally, Opera Skills Experience will address issues related to all aspects of lyric (from the merely artistic to the management or future of the genre) in seven conferences and a final round table. Then ‘Tosca’, if the pandemic is controlled, it will allow the season to close in the classic style. The show must go on.