Choirs

Cors

Los coros del Teatre Principal de Palma son parte fundamental de la oferta musical y lírica del Teatro.

El Coro Petitons, el Coro Infantil, el Coro Juvenil y el Coro de la Fundació Teatre Principal de Palma, como titular, son las formaciones institucionales del Consell de Mallorca, colaborando así en muchos actos institucionales y temporadas de otras entidades culturales.

Durante todo el año 2008 recibió las más altas distinciones en materia cultural de nuestras Islas con motivo de la celebración de su 25 aniversario.

Coro Petitons Conductor: Margalida Ripoll Moyà

Theatrical Teacher: Vicenç Torres The Coro Petitons (Small Children Choir) is composed by approximately forty children between four and eight years old and makes up, together with the Children's Choir and the Juvenile Choir, the choral school which prepares future singers. Founded in the early 90s, this choir carries out an intense educational task, training the musical and theatrical skills of its members. It offers its own end of course performances, and participates in choral meetings all around Majorca, as well as in institutional events.  

Children choir

Conductor: Mª Francesca Mir Pizà

Theatrical Teacher: Carles Pujols It was created in 1987 in order to stage the Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana. Its first conductors were Paco Forteza and Jaume Llull, and then maestro Fernando Marina. Since 1995 its conductor is Mª Francesca Mir.

The Choir consists of about fifty children, boys and girls, who received vocal, music and theatrical training. Juntamente con el Coro Petitons y el Coro Juvenil, forma la base y la escuela coral que prepara a los futuros cantantes del Coro titular.

It has taken part in our opera seasons interpreting the most important titles for chidren´s choir, such as Tosca, La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana, Carmen, I Pagliacci, Turandot, Mefistofele. It regulary works with The Balearics Symphony Orchestra and has put on its own shows such as Opéra Soiré y Els Pirates and the cantatas El Sant Novici by B. Sabrafín and D. León, Rua Fosca by J. Santandreu and M. Brunet (Award 31 of december by Obra Cultural Balear) and El Rey Jaume I by Antoni Parera Fons.

It has performed on all the Balearics Islands, at the Santander Music Festival withLiverpool Oratorio by Paul McCartney under direction of Carl Davis in 1994, at the Palau de la Música Catalana with Saint Marc´s Choir (Les Petits Chanteurs) in 2001 and it won the third prize at the International Music Festival of Cantonigrós (Barcelona).

Junior Choir

Conductor: Pere Víctor Rado Bauzà

Theatrical Teacher: Carles Pujols The Junior Choir began around 1990 as a development of the Children´s Choir. At the same time that its members receive a vocal, musical and theatrical training, the Junior Choir develops an intense activity, working in all kinds of a capella repertoire or piano o instrumental accompaniment.

The choir has collaborated with the Banda Juvenil de la Federación de Bandas, Orquesta Joven de l´O.S.B., Aula 98, Banda de Pollença, Camerata Sa Nostra and Orquesta Lírica de Mallorca. They have also played in the Galas del Hambre and in the Galas Líricas de Andratx, and in the plays: Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente,  La Corte del Faraón, La Gran Vía yGigantes and Cabezudos. he choir has collaborated in several performances produced by the Fundation, such as Ai, Quaquin que has vengut de prim, Cançó d’amor i de guerra, Cavalleria Rusticana, Marina, Norma, etc.

It has participated on the XXX Coral Edition of Ejea de los Caballeros (Zaragoza), where they obtained the third prize, on the XXXIII Coral Edition of San Vicente de la Barquera (Cantabria), where they obtained the Lira de Bronce prize and the special mention from the audience prize, and on the National Choral Singing Edition of Molina de Segura (Murcia).

The choir is specialized in theatre and musical own productions, such as Renaixement, La vida en un instante and Una nit de musicals. Besides several concerts around Mallorca, the junior choir has successfully performed in other cities within Spain, such as the concert they gave at the Cátedra Manuel de Falla in Granada or the one in Vic (Catalonia).

Choir of Teatre Principal de Palma

Conductor: Jose Maria Moreno Valiente

Serafín Guiscafré, managing director of the Teatro Principal (1978-1993), created the Theatre Choir in 1983, conducted by the maestro Rafael Nadal and with Sylvia Corbacho´s teaching assistance to be the basis for the lyrical-stage performances at the Teatre Principal. Since then, a great number of singers have gone through the Choir and its three affiliates which have made opera seasons and twelve Spanish operetta seasons possible.

In 1988 Rafael Nadal was joined by maestro Francesc Bonnin as assistant conductor, who in 1989 took charge of directing the choir until 2012. Since March of this year the conductor has been Josep Maria Moreno, who is currently assisted by Pere Víctor Rado and Manuel Velasco.

The Choir has performed the greatest works by great authors, such as Verdi (Il Trovatore, Don Carlos, La Traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Aïda, Macbeth, Un ballo in maschera and Falstaff); Puccini (Tosca, Le villi, Suor Angelica, Turandot, La fanciulla del West and Madama Butterfly); Montsalvatge (Una voce in off); Mozart (Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Rapte en el Serrall and Die Zauberflöte); Rossini (Il barbiere di Siviglia, L'Italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola); Bellini (Norma); Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor, L'elisir d'amore, Il Campanello); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana); Leoncavallo (Pagliacci) Giordano (Andrea Chénier); Bizet (Carmen andLes Pêcheurs de Perles); Wagner (Der Fliegende Höllander); Gounod (Faust); Cilea (Adriana Lecouvreur); Offenbach (Les contes d'Hoffman); Saint-Saëns (Samson et Dalila); Boito (Mefistofele); Bretón (Los amantes de Teruel); Arrieta (Marina); Gluck (Orfeo ed Euridice)...and the traditional Spanish operetta, such as Gigantes y Cabezudos, Doña Francisquita, Luisa Fernanda, La Tabernera del Puerto, Marina, Los gavilanes, El huésped del sevillano, La viuda alegre, etc.

It has also given concerts, such as Beethofen´s Ninth Symphony and Messa op.86, Verdi´s Messa di Requiem, Mozart´s Requiem, Orff´s Carmina Burana, Prokofiev´s Alexander Nevski, Borodin´s Dances guerreras, McCartney-Davis´ Liverpool Oratorio, Granados Goyescas and Patterson´s Té Deum, among others. All this activity has meant working with international artists, such as E. Obratzova, D. Zajick, A. Milo, C. Álvarez, V. Sardinero, A. Cupido, C. Chausson, J. Pons, F. Cossotto, K. Rydl, M. Manguerra, I. Vinco, A.m. Sánchez, J. Bros, R. Kabaivanska, N. Martinucci, P. Giuliacci, G. Casolla, F. Patané, L. Flanighan, D. Mazzola Gavazzeni, I. Salazar... and with conductors, such as F. Mónica, L. Remartínez, P. Bender, E. Colomer, G. Simon, N. Santi, E. Khon, R. Gandolfi, G. Carella, F. Haider, M. Amiliato, J. Acs, C. Davis, R. Palumbo, R. Paternostro, F. M. Carminati, etc.

In addition to the performances it has offered in many parts of Mallorca, the Choir also performed at the Santander Festival in 1994, at the Gstaad Festival (Switzerland) in 1989, in Logroño in 1988, at the Sant Lluis Summer Concerts (Menorca), at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao and in St. Peter´s Basilica in Rome. It works regulary every season with the Balearics Symphony Orchestra and other social and cultural entities.

The Choir has performed, in some cases giving the premiere, and recorded music by Majorcan authors, such as Antoni Noguera´s Música coral, Bernat´s Julià´s lo pi de Formentor y Nuredduna, B. Poquet´s L’enamorada, B. Porcel´s El castillo d’iràs i no tornarás, J. Santandreu and M. Brunet´s Rua fosca (on DVD, which received a 31 December Award from the Obra Cultural Balear), Joan Valent´s Angelus and La Balanguera, XX Anniversary FTPP Concerts Choirs (on DVD), and Antoni Parera Fons´ Cantata El Rey Jaume I.

In 2008 it won the Ramon Llull Prize awarded by the Autonomous Region ot the Balearic Islands. It also received the Medal of Honour and Gratitude from the Island of Majorca (gold category) from the Consell de Mallorca and a distinction for its work from the Obra Cultural Balear.