Las Palmas: Opera Las Palmas’ Festival de Opera

Las Palmas: Opera Las Palmas’ Festival de Opera

Javier Bardem may be reason enough to visit Las Palmas, but–both fortunately and amazingly–this gem of the Grand Canary Islands (yes, part of Spain) also has an opera festival.  What a delightful combination.  This year’s festival (which begins in March and runs through June) ropes in five of the greatest operas ever written in tribute to Spanish/Austrian tenor Alfredo Kraus who, like Bardem, is a native of LP.  One of the greatest voices of the 20th Century (he gave Domingo and Pavarotti a run for their money on more than one occasion), Kraus is celebrated this year with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Massenet’s Thais,  Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Macbeth, and Giordani’s Andrea Chenier, all playing in the auditorium named for the Grand Canary’s operatic son.

Like the Oscars, this years Las Palmas festival features an international house of operas: Lucia and Macbeth are both set in Scotland (even roughly around the same period), Thais in Roman Egypt, Barbiere (more familiarly known as The Barber of Seville) in Seville, Spain, and Andrea Chenier in Revolution-era France.  Not a bad way to cap off a day of lying on the beach.  Here’s the great thing, though: tickets sit reasonably between 15 and 30 Euros a piece.  And while you may not be running around with a case full of money a la Josh Brolin in No Country (which, actually, is most likely a good thing), that price range is certainly do-able…

…As is Javier Bardem.  (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

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