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  • Season 2021-2022
    19 - 20

    BOSbaroque: En el principio era Bach

    Place: Euskalduna Palace

    Juan de la Rubia, órgano y director
    Anna Reinhold, mezzosoprano



    Concierto para órgano y orquesta en sol menor Op. 4 nº 1 HWV 289

    I. Larghetto e staccato
    II. Allegro
    III. Adagio
    IV. Andante

    Juan de la Rubia, órgano


    Cantata 170: “Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust” BWV 170*

    I. Aria: "Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust"
    II. Recitative: "Die Weit, das Sundenhaus"
    III. Aria: "Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen"
    IV. Recitative: "Wer sollte sich demnach wohl hier zu leben"
    V. Aria: "Mir ekelt mehr zu leben"

    Anna Reinhold, mezzosoprano



    Cantata 146, “Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal”, Sinfonía BWV 146


    Concierto para órgano y orquesta en Fa Mayor Op. 4 No. 4 HWV 292

    I. Allegro
    II. Andante
    III. Adagio
    IV. Allegro

    Juan de la Rubia, órgano


    Cantata 35: “Geist und Seele wird verwirret” BWV 35*

    I. Sinfonia
    II. Aria: "Geist und Seele wird verwirret"
    III. Recitative: "Ich wundre mich, denn alles, was man sieht"
    IV. Aria: "Gott hat alles wohl gemacht"
    V. Sinfonia
    VI. Recitative: "Ach, starker Gott, lass mich doch dieses"
    VII. Aria: "Ich wunsche mir, bei Gott zu leben"

    Anna Reinhold, mezzosoprano

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  • Season 2021-2022

    Cámara BOS 11

    Place: Euskalduna Palace

    M. Bruch:
    4 piezas para Clarinete, viola y piano Op. 83
    Trío con piano BOS
    C. Saint-Saëns, Fantasía Op. 124
    Duo de fauta y arpa BOS

    C. Debussy:
    Danza sagrada y danza profana para arpa y cuerdas
    Grupo de cámara BOS

    J. Françaix: Octeto
    Octeto de cuerda y viento BOS

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  • Season 2021-2022
    21 - 24 - 27 - 28 - 30

    Madama Butterfly

    Place: Euskalduna Palace

    Giacomo Puccini


    • Saturday May 21, 2022 7:00 PM
    • Tuesday May 24, 2022 7:30 PM
    • Friday May 27, 2022 7:30 PM
    • Saturday May 28, 2022 7:00 PM (*OB)
    • Monday May 30, 2022 7:30 PM

    *OB: Opera Berri

    Sponsored by:


    • Cio-Cio San: Maria Agresta*
    • Cio-Cio San BERRI: Carmen Solís
    • Pinkerton: Sergio Escobar
    • Pinkerton BERRI: Javier Tomé
    • Suzuki: Carmen Artaza*
    • Sharpless: Damián del Castillo
    • Goro: Jorge Rodríguez-Norton
    • Kate Pinkerton: Marta Ubieta
    • Yamadori and Comisario: Jose Manuel Día
    • Uncle Bonzo: Fernando Latorre
    • Registry Officer: Javier Campo**
    • Yakuside: Gexan Etxabe
    • Cio-Cio San’s mother: Eider Torrijos**
    • Cio-Cio San’s aunt:: Leyre Mesa**
    • Cio-Cio San’s cousin: Olga Revuelta**
    • Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa
    • Coro de Ópera de Bilbao: Chorus Master Boris Dujin
    • Director musical: Henrik Nánási*
    • Director de escena: Stefano Monti
    • Coproduction Teatro Comunale di Modena / Teatro Municipale di Piacenza

    *Debuting at ABAO Bilbao Opera
    **Coro de Ópera de Bilbao


    Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a US Navy officer, inspects a house on a hill close to Nagasaki overlooking the harbour. He is going to lease it from Goro, a helpful matchmaker. The house comes with three servants and a geisha wife called Cio-Cio San, who is known as Butterfly. The lease, according to Japanese custom, runs for 999 years, subject to monthly renewal. The American consul, Sharpless, arrives breathless from climbing the hill. Pinkerton describes his philosophy of the fearless Yankee roaming the world in search of experience and pleasures. He is not sure whether his feelings for the young Japanese girl are love or a mere whim, but he intends to go through with the marriage ceremony. Sharpless warns him that the girl may have a different view of the marriage, but Pinkerton brushes off such concerns and tells him that someday he will take a real American wife. He offers the consul whiskey and proposes a toast.

    Butterfly arrives with her friends for the ceremony. In casual conversation after the formal introduction, the girl admits that she is only fifteen and explains that her family was once important but then lost their prominent position, due to which she has no option but to earn her living as a geisha. Her relatives arrive and chatter about such an unequal marriage. Cio-Cio San shows Pinkerton her meagre possessions and confesses that she has been to the Christian mission and intends to embrace her husband’s religion. The Imperial Commissioner reads the marriage agreement and the relatives congratulate the couple. Suddenly, a threatening voice is heard from afar: it is the Bonze, Butterfly’s uncle, a priest. He curses the girl for having been to the mission and rejecting her ancestral religion. Pinkerton orders everyone to leave and tries to console Butterfly with sweet words. Suzuki helps her into her wedding kimono before the couple meet in the garden, where they get carried away by passion.

    When Act II starts, three years have passed and Cio-Cio San is waiting for her husband to return home. Suzuki prays to the gods for help, but Butterfly berates her for believing in Japanese gods rather than in Pinkerton’s promise to return one day. Sharpless appears with a letter from Pinkerton, but before he can read it to Butterfly, Goro arrives with the young girl’s latest suitor, the wealthy Prince Yamadori. Butterfly politely serves tea to the guests but insists that she is not available for marriage: her American husband has not deserted her and has promised that he would return one day. She asks Goro and Yamadori to leave. Sharpless attempts to read Pinkerton’s letter and suggests that perhaps Butterfly should reconsider Yamadori’s offer. In response, she presents the son she has had with Pinkerton to the consul. She says that his name is “Sorrow”, but when his father returns, he will be called “Joy”. Sharpless is too upset to continue reading the contents of the letter. He leaves, promising to tell Pinkerton about the child. A cannon shot in the harbour announces the arrival of a ship. Butterfly and Suzuki read its name from the terrace: it is Pinkerton’s. Overjoyed, Butterfly joins Suzuki in decorating the house with flowers. Night falls and Butterfly, Suzuki and the child settle into a vigil watching over the harbour.

    Dawn breaks and Suzuki insists that Butterfly get some sleep. Butterfly carries the child into the house. Sharpless appears with Pinkerton and Kate, Pinkerton’s new wife. Suzuki realises who the American woman is and agrees to help break the news to Butterfly. Pinkerton is overcome with guilt and leaves to remember the days spent in the house. Cio-Cio San rushes in, hoping to find Pinkerton, but sees Kate instead. Grasping the situation, she agrees to give her son up, but insists that it must be Pinkerton who returns for him. After dismissing everyone, Butterfly takes out the dagger with which her father had committed suicide, as she prefers to die with honour rather than live in shame. She stops momentarily when the child comes in unexpectedly, but Butterfly takes him to the garden and goes behind a curtain. When Pinkerton arrives, calling out for her, the young woman stabs herself.

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  • Season 2021-2022
    09 - 10

    Achúcarro y los Cuadros de una exposición

    Place: Euskalduna Palace

    A. Holmès: Andromède, poema sinfónico
    C. Franck: Variaciones sinfónicas para piano
    y orquesta

    M. Mussorsky/ M. Ravel: Cuadros de una

    Joaquín Achúcarro, piano
    Giancarlo Guerrero, director

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