All is set for a spectacular "Opera By The Sea III"
12 January 2006
The restored Duetsches Haus theater will look more splendid than ever, thanks to Opera by the Sea, the Valparaiso Foundation, and the generosity of theater donors such as TPS, Grunenthal Chilena, and Cencosud.
Opera en el Mar is set to open a spectacular 15-day run with a gala concert in Valparaiso's Municipal Theater on Friday, January 13th.
The gala will include highlights from each of the previous versions of Opera By The Sea: Carmen (2004) and The Marriage of Figaro (2005.)
Friday's Gala will also include an avant premiere of "Die Fledermaus" (the Bat) by Johann Strauss, the festival's featured opera for 2006.
In all, four performances of "Der Fluedermaus" are scheduled in the historic Duetsches Haus Theater January 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th.
The closing gala, as usual, will be on the spectacular terraza of the DUOC Institute, surrounded by the forty-two shimmering hills of Valparaiso.
Valparaiso Foundation President, Todd Temkin, who also serves as Executive Director for Opera by the Sea, explains that the 3rd version of Opera by the Sea is a huge leap from the two previous runs:"
"Carmen" (2004) was a revelation, because at the time an opera had not been mounted in Valparaiso for several decades."
"The Marraige of Figaro" (2005) was another important milestone, since we were able to add a third performance, an orchestra, and a television broadcast, while increasing investment in the Duetsches Haus theater.
"But this year's version of Opera by the Sea will be the biggest and brightest yet. Corporate sponsorship has more than doubled, which will permit us not only to have four functions in the DH, but also a standing-room-only gala at the Municipal Theater."
"This significant investment confirms what we have been saying all along. Within 8-10 years we hope Opera by the Sea will have transformed into an international spectacle, and a siginficant boost for the regional economy, on a similar scale to what the 'Semanas Musicales' means to the city of Frutillar."
According to OEM's artistic director, Maria Cecilia Toledo, one of the prime reasons for the increase in corporate sponsorship is the restoration of the theater, but just as attractive for donors is the educational focus of the festival:
"Almost 100 students from the DUOC institute work to put the festival together, transforming the sets, the design, the costumes, and the technical production into a virtual classroom that enables students to put their professional careers to work in a soul-enlightening task."
Corporate sponsors this year are once again led by Terminal Pacifico Sur, adminisrator of the Port of Valparaiso, which has participated in OEM since the first days the project was dreamed up.
Other very significant donations have been granted this year by Grunenthal Chilena Ltd, which has taken the recuperation of the Duetsches Haus on as a personal project. In addition, Cencusud and Movistar have made significant comittments to the festival.
Returning donors include BASF, DHL, Maco (Volkswagen), Polpaico, Hamburg-Sud, the Clinicia Alemana, and IST.
The festival is also made possible by a grant from the Chilean National Arts Council.