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The Choirs of the Teatre Principal in Palma are a crucial part of the musical and lyrical range of our programming, especially during the Opera Season. Also, they collaborate in numerous external cultural events.
The Coro Petitons (Small Children Choir), the Children´s Choir, Youth Choir and the Choir of the Teatre Principal of Palma Foundation (lead choir) are institutional groups of the Council of Mallorca.
In 2008, The Choirs of the Teatre Principal received the highest award given for culture, to mark the celebration of the 25th anniversary.
Director: Pere Víctor Rado
Singing teacher: Manuel Velasco
The Choir of the Teatre Principal was created in 1983, with Serafí Guiscafré as the managing director (1978-1993). Its first director was Rafael Nadal, who collaborated with the teacher Sylvia Corbacho.
1988 saw the incorporation of the maestro Francesc Bonnin as assistant to the director Rafael Nadal, and in 1989 he took over management of the Choir until 2012. José María Moreno served as director between 2012 and 2015. Pere Víctor Rado has been director since 2015.
The Choir has performed the main lyrical works by the most important composers, such as Verdi (Il Trovatore, Don Carlos, La Traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Aïda, Macbeth, Uno ballo in maschera, Otello y Falstaff); Puccini (La bohème, Tosca, Le villi, Suor Angelica, Turandot, La fanciulla del West y Madama Butterfly); Montsalvatge (Una voce in off); Mozart (Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Rapto en el Serrallo and Die Zauberflöte); Rossini (Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola); Bellini (Norma); Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir de amore, Il Campanello); Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana); Leoncavallo (Pagliacci) Giordano (Andrea Chénier); Bizet (Carmen y Les Pêcheurs de Perles); Wagner (Der Fliegende Höllander); Gounod (Faust); Cilea (Adriana Lecouvreur); Offenbach (The Tales of Hoffman); Saint-Saëns (Samson et Dalila); Boito (Mefistofele); Bretón (Los amantes de Teruel); Arrieta (Marina); Gluck (Orfeo ed Euridice)... and the zarzuelas (Spanish light operas) 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 held concerts such as the Ninth Symphony and Mass op.86 by Beethoven, the Messa di Requiem by Verdi, Requiem by Mozart, Carmina Burana by Orff, Alexander Nevski by Prokofiev, the Polovtsian Dances by Borodin, Liverpool Oratorio by McCartney-Davis, Goyescas by Granados and the Té Deum by Patterson, among others.
All of this activity has enabled it to collaborate with international artists such as E. Obratzova, D. Zajick, A. Milo, Fiorenza Cedolins, 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 give in many places in Mallorca, the Choir has also performed at the Santander Festival, 1994; at the Gstaad Festival (Switzerland), 1989, in Logroño, 1988, at the Sant Lluís Summer Concerts (Menorca); at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, and at St. Peter´s Basilica in the Vatican, 2004. It regularly collaborates with the seasons of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra and with other social and cultural entities. In April 2015 it gave a concert at the Berlin Philharmonic alongside the city´s Symphony Orchestra with a program fully devoted to Beethoven.
The Choir has performed (in some cases as world premieres) and recorded music by Mallorcan composers such as: the Choral Music of Antoni Noguera, Lo pi de Formentor and Nuredduna by Bernat Julià, L’enamorada by B. Poquet, El castillo d’iràs i no tornarás by B. Porcel, Rua fosca by J. Santandreu and M. Brunet (on DVD, awarded a 31 de diciembre Prize by the OCB), Angelus and La Balanguera by Joan Valent, La Balanguera by Joan Martorell, Concert for the 20th Anniversary of the Choirs of the FTPP (on DVD), and the opera María Moliner and the cantata El Rey Jaume I by Antoni Parera Fons, a Mallorcan composer who received the 2016 National Music Award.
In 2008 it was awarded the Ramon Llull Prize by the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands, it has been given the Medal of Honour and Gratitude of the Island of Mallorca in the gold category by the Council of Mallorca as well a distinction for its work from the Obra Cultural Balear (civic and cultural institute of the Balearic Islands).
Director: Pere Víctor Rado Bauzà
Theatre Teacher: Carles Pujols
The Youth Choir was set up in 1990 as a natural evolution in the growth of the members of the Children´s Choir. At the same time as its members receive vocal, music and theatre training, the Youth Choir carries out intense activity working on all kinds of a capella repertoires or accompaniment with piano or instruments.
It has collaborated with the Youth Band of the Federation of Bands, the Youth Orchestra of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, Aula 98, Pollensa Band, Camerata Sa Nostra and the Lyrical Orchestra of Mallorca. It has collaborated on different musical initiatives such as the Lyrical Galas of Andratx, on the shows Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente, La Montería, La Corte del Faraón, La Gran Vía and Gigantes y Cabezudos. It collaborates on a large number of shows produced by the Teatre Principal such as Ai, Quaquin que has vengut de prim, as well as operas such as Cançó d’amor i de guerra, Cavalleria Rusticana, Marina, Norma, etc.
It participated in the XXX Ejea de los Caballeros Choir Competition (Zaragoza) where it obtained third prize, in the XXXIII San Vicente de la Barquera Choir Competition (Cantabria) where it won the Bronze Lyre and Special Public Prize and in the Molina de Segura National Choir Singing Competition (Murcia).
It is a choir that specialises in staging its own musical-theatre shows such as Renaixement, La vida en un instant and Una nit de musicals. In addition to performing concerts all over Mallorca, the Youth Choir has had several successful trips with a concert in Granada at the Manuel de Falla Chair of Music and a concert in the city of Vic (Catalonia).
Director: Maria Francesca Mir Pizà
Theatre Teacher: Carles Pujols
The Children´s Choir of the Teatre Principal was created in 1987 as part of the staging of the cantata Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff. Its first directors were Paco Forteza and Jaume Llull and, subsequently, the maestro Fernando Marina. Maria Francesca Mir has been the director since 1995.
It is formed by fifty children that receive vocal, music and theatre training. Along with the Coro Petitons and the Youth Choir, it forms the base and the choir school that prepares the future singers of the resident Choir.
It has participated in the opera seasons of the Teatre Principal performing the most important titles for children´s choirs, such as Tosca, La bohème, Cavalleria rusticana, Carmen, I Pagliacci, Turandot and Mefistofele. It also collaborates regularly with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Balearic Islands and has released its own shows such as Opéra Soiré and Els Pirates and the cantatas El Sant Novici, by Gabriel Sabrafín and David León; Rua Fosca, by Jaume Santandreu and Miquel Brunet (31 de desembre Prize awarded by the OCB) and El Rei en Jaume I, by Antoni Parera Fons.
It has performed all over the Balearic Islands, at the Santander Music Festival with Paul McCartney´s Liverpool Oratorio conducted by Carl Davis, in 1994; at the Palau de la Música Catalana with the Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc known for the film The Chorus, in 2006; and it obtained third prize at the Cantonigròs International Music Festival, in 2001.
Director: Margalida Ripoll Moyà
Theatre Teacher: Vicenç Torres
The Coro Petitons is formed by forty children aged between four and eight who, alongside the Children´s Choir and Youth Choir, form the base and choir school that prepares futures singers.
This choir, which was established at the start of the 90´s, carries out intense teaching work as its members are trained in music and theatre. It stages its own end of year shows, participates in events in Mallorca and institutional events.