Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín – Hollywood meets Opera in Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife

The Auditorio de Tenerife is located at the harbor of Santa Cruz.

Do you want to take a photo with Matt Damon or to be a part of “The Fast and The Furious” crew? No problem – as long as you attend the casting at the Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz, and you get lucky. However, the concert- and congresshall is not just a place where castings for huge Hollywood-productions take place. It is also the home of the Orchesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and the host of various events throughout the every year, including ballet, danceshows, opera, opera for kids, comedy, musical and gospel.

The Most Important First: The Current Program

 You can find all the information that you need about the current program of the Auditorio de Tenerife here, and throughout this post.

Quantum Ensemble VI28. April 201620:30 pm
Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife29. April 201620:30 pm
Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife6. & 13. May 201620:30 pm
Quantum Ensemble VII12. May 201620:30 pm
En familia – El ABC de la OST21. May 201612:00 pm
Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife27. May 201620:30 pm
Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife3., 10., 17., 24. June 201620:30 pm
Carlos Rivera5. June 201620:30 pm
José Luis Perales11. June 201621:00 pm
Manuel Carrasco – “Bailar el viento” Tour18. June 201621:00 pm
Fimucité X30. September 201620:00 pm
Mamma Mia!27. & 28. December 201620:30 pm
29. December 201617:30 pm
29. December 201621:30 pm
1. January 201720:00 pm
2. January 201717:00 pm
2. January 201720:00 pm

Why is There a Ship on the Promenade of Santa Cruz?

 The idea of building a center for music, dance and creativity was born in 1970. In 1978, Jose Antonio Fernández Alba got the assignment of doing just that, but his plans were never put into practice. Today, the eye-catching Auditorio de Tenerife is located at the harbor of Santa Cruz and reminds the visitor of a massive, white ship. It was built in 1994 from the Valencian architect, Santiago Calatrava Valls. Its external walls are decorated with the typical canarian trencadís – which are small pieces of pottery that reflect the sunlight and give the building a sparkling appearance. You probably know this embellishment from Park Güell, that was created by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona.

Trencadis cover the external walls of the Auditorio de Tenerife

Trencadis cover the external walls of the Auditorio de Tenerife. You might recognize them from Park Güell, in Barcelona.

Expensive Struggle for the Sake of the Arts

Originally, the construction wasn’t expected to cost more than 30 million Euros but, 33 years later, the total spent amounted to 72 million Euros. On 26th September 2003, the Auditorio de Tenerife opened its doors. The first concert Fanfaria, of Krzysztof Penderecki, was attended by well-known persons, including Queen Sofia and Crown Prince Felipe.

The Auditorio de Tenerife is able to accomodate about 2000 persons and, in 2011, it received the name affix Adán Martín in honor of Adán Martín Menis, who is a politician from Santa Cruz and president of the Canarian Islands from 2003 to 2007.

One of the Most Popular Sights in Tenerife

The structure of the operahouse is quite spectacular with its different platforms and convoluted walls, and is roofed by a 50m high wave-construction. This all overlaps with a curvy roof that hovers above the dome of the Sala principal o Sinfónica, the Great Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife. This curved shape has resulted in the sight being one of the most popular on the entire island.

 In addition to this curved feature, flights of stairs interrupt the mighty white external walls and, at the top, you will experience an amazing view of the sea laying in front of the Auditorio, with the Anaga-mountains in the background.

auditorium tenerife at night

Auditorio de Tenerife druing the night and during the day.

A Synphonieorchestra and an Organ in One Building

 There are actually two halls inside of the Auditorio de Tenerife. In addition to the Sala Principal o Sinfónica, which has 1658 seats, there is a smaller hall, called the Sala de Cámera, which can accomodate up to 428 visitors. The avant-garde building is also the home of the Orchesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. Two years after its opening, they installed an organ in the Great Hall from the spanish company, Blancafort Orgueners de Monserat. The person in charge was Jean Guillou, and he attached great importance on achieving a perfectly balanced and clear sound. For this reason, he arranged the organ pipes in a special symmetry based on the way the Great Hall was constructed. The whole Auditorio de Tenerife conveys the impression of visual and acoustic movement.

There Exists no Culture Without Your Creativity

 The curators of the Auditorio de Tenerife have been trying to involve the public into the program of the “Operahouse of Tenerife”. As a result, the Área Educativa y Social has been founded with the slogan “No existe Educatión sin cultura” – There is no education without culture. This includes various projects in different culture areas, in which everyone can participate. It is thought that culture arises from creative process, which everyone should be able to become a part of, so as to reduce the barriers between different cultures and different levels of education. Some projects concentrate on the pedagogical approach, while others place emphasis on the development of an individual’s creativity and the learning of different techniques.

Projects and Events of the Auditorio de Tenerife

The Auditorio de Tenerife presents a variety of projects and events to the public, so everyone is bound to find something interesting.

jazz festival auditorium

Every year, various music festivals take place at and in front of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

1. Festivals

Festival International de las Artes de Movimiento de Tenerife (FAM): The performances at this festival go beyond ordinary dancing, and demonstrate the commonality and differences of diverse movements and dancing-styles.

Festival de Música de Canarias: This music festival is a worthwhile occasion for fans of classical music to visit Tenerife. The festival takes place every year in January and February, and it´s unique selling point is the canarian winter, which averages 20 °C at the time of the event. International stars such as Anna Netrebko or conductors such as Zubin Mehta have been at the event alongside orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and local opera singers like Laura Vega or Juan José Falcón Sanabria.

Festival International Canarias Jazz y Más: The first jazz festival took place in 1992 with Canarian artists. Since then, it has developed into an international event that has hosted artists such as Kike Perdomo, Patricia Kraus or the Alabama Jazz Dixi Band. Also, note – Heineken sponsors the festival every summer.

FIMUCITÉ Festival Internacional de Música de Cine de Tenerife: For every successive year since 2007, Tenerife converts into a hotspot for international film music. It hosts free events, concerts, round tables, conferences and much more. Diego Navarro conducts the festival own synphonieorchestra and chorus, la Tenerife Film Orchestra & Choir.

Festival de Música Contemporánea de Tenerife (FMUC): June is the month in which percussion makes its appearance. For that month, various events take place, including a concert at the Espacio Cultural Caja Canarias, that features works from this and the last century.

Music Festival in the auditorium

There are various concerts every year at the Auditoio de Tenerife.

2. Concerts

Conciertos didacticos: The Área Educativa of the Auditorios de Tenerife offers all schools, universities, academies and other educational institutions in Tenerife the opportunity to book courses for their students. Instructors visit on set dates and give classes at that time. The offer is not limited to Santa Cruz however, and is instead available on the entire island.

Quantum Ensemble: This ensemble is the result of a policy decision made to encourage more interest in classical music. The ensemble is made up of experienced Canarian and European solists and musicians, and is aimed at interpreting classical music in a modern way so as to connect with the audience during the concerts. In addition, members of the Quantum Ensemble give workshops and seminars.

Sinfónica de Tenerife (OST): Founded in 1935 as Orquestra de Cámara de Canaris, it was renamed Sinfónica de Tenerife (OST) in 1970. It is the house- intern orchestra of the Auditorio de Tenerife. The concert season of the Opera House begins in October and lasts until June of next year. A total of 18 concerts are held throughout the period and, either single card, or subscription for all concerts, can be purchased.

Musical in auditorium

You can also visite the Auditorio de Tenerife for international musical productions.

3. Musicals

Musicales: For years, the Auditorio de Tenerife has been home to major international musical productions. This contributes to the steady growth of the musical industry in Spain. Among the musicals hosted so far, are classics like Chicago, My Fair Lady, Mama Mia, Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. Personal interpretations of well-known compositions are also performed with Canarian musical performers such as Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Jaime Azpilicueta.

Musical IES: This project of Cabildo de Tenerife is realized in cooperation with the Auditorio de Tenerife. Target groups are young people and students who would like to take weekly lessons in dance, singing and acting. This project takes place at different locations in Tenerife. In addition, the adolescents have the possibility to gain knowledge in make-up, film and director, screenplay, and costume. The teachers are experts in their respective fields, and work for the Auditorio de Tenerife. You can get an impression of this work by the following video.

4. Opera de Tenerife

Manos a la Ópera: The aim of this project is to communicate the entire creative process of composing an opera to children and young people – by letting them try it on their own. Interested persons can take courses in literary writing, music, theater, drama and visual arts.

Ópera de Cámara: This is a collaboration between the Opéra de Tenerife and the Asociación de Amigos de la Música Tinerfeña (ATADEM). So far, three works by Canarian authors were staged at the Auditorio de Tenerife, that implemented with little effort the entire spectrum of creativity: The various pieces of music are always interpreted with flute, clarinet, violin, violonchello and piano. The compositions are new and are about current socially relevant issues.

Oper in auditorium

From time to time famous international opera singers perform at the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Ópera en Familia: The aim of this project is to prepare international pieces in such as way as to fascinate first-time opera visitors, even if they are quite young. Therefore, a family can visit operas, because the texts are age-appropriate. The directors shorten the operas to 70 minutes maximum, translate them into Spanish and show the translations of the arias on monitors. The challenge lies in not changing the original idea and the core of the opera, but successfully adapting it to the young visitors.

Ópera Estudio: This academy offers courses to provide further education to young singers who strive to acquire a job at the opera. Components of the training are techniques for interpreting songs and scenic presentation, style, didaction, improvisation theater, drama and other areas. In cooperation with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, they produce interpretations of classic operas, like The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which are performed at the Sala Sinfónica of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Ópera Versión Concierto: Traditional operas, such as the current Anna Boleyn, by Gaetano Donizetti, will be held at the Auditorio de Tenerife, with the Canarian tenor Celso Albelo as Lord Percy and the Italian soprano Mariella Devia as Queen Anne Boleyn.

Dance in auditorium

Ballett, Modern Dance or Hip Hop – you can find every kind of dance at the program of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

5. Dance

Danza en Communidad: The Tenerife Danza Lab (TDL), the intern dance company, develops programs for individuals and groups who want to discover dance as a creative way of expressing themselves. Experimenting with new dance styles is also welcomed. With Danza en Comunidad, the experiment was started to involve more urbanites and arouse interest in dancing. And it was done successfully! The concept is now also available throughout the island.

Escuela del Espectador: This project is intended to help visitors understand and interpret what’s seen and heard. A group of 15 persons can participate in workshops with the interpretation of the piece and the language. Previous knowledge is not necessary.

Tenerife Danza Lab (TDL): This platform provides the opportunity for persons to try out various ways in which body and movement can be synchronized. In workshops, both professionals and anyone else interested, can be inspired and let their creativity run wild. In addition, performances for children are organized. Two forms are available:

  • Formato Sala Cámara: Presentation of TDL and presentations of past performances, followed by discussions.
  • Talleres específicos Sala Castillo: Bachelor dance students, people with physical or mental impairment or from penal institution may work together here with professors, animators, tutors, nurses on various projects.
Theatre in the auditorium

The Auditorio de Tenerife is the creative center of the island.

6. Theater

Producción propia: At the very beginning, a self-imposed task of Auditorio de Tenerife was to take co-productions with various theaters around the world. This is also one of the main resources of the `Opera of Tenerife´, as it licenses its productions to this theaters. It is said that the Auditorio de Tenerife, with all its employees, is the creative center of the island. There are also collaborations with the University of La Laguna, so that students can develop their own scene play, in order to learn the process of creative activity.

More Offers at the Auditorio de Tenerife

MAG Café Bistro: Since September 2013, it has been possible to make a reservation at the MAG Café Bistrot for personal parties and events. The seafront location invites visitors to dwell on the various platforms around the Auditorio and make beautiful souvenir photos. It is a popular venue for birthday parties or weddings, as well as corporate parties. Catering & Events MAG offer matching services for the preparation and execution.

Reservation and more Information:
Phone: (+34) 628677686 or (+34) 922 56 86 00


At the MAG Café Bistrot you can enjoy the view with a cup of coffee.

Visitas Guiadas: Auditorio de Tenerife offers guided tours. More information about opening times and reservations can be found here.

Guided Tours:
Winter (October – June):
Monday – Saturday: 12:30 pm (except on public holiday)

Summer (July – September):
Monday – Saturday: 12:30 pm (except on public holiday)
Monday – Friday: 5:30 pm (except on public holiday)

More Information:
phone: 922 568 625
fax: 922 568 602

All current events can be found, and bookings can be made, on the Facebook page of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Directions and parking

Auditorio de Tenerife Ádan Martín
Av de la Constitucion 1,
38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Arriving by car from Puerto de la Cruz

Take the TF-312 Ctra. General Puerto Cruz – Arenas until you reach the roundabout at the commercialcenter La Villa, at La Orotava.
There, in the roundabout take the fifth exit to stay at TF – 312 Ctra . General Puerto Cruz – Arenas.
After 2 km, at the second roundabout, take the second exit TF – 320.
Depart for 850 m in the third roundabout on the fourth exit onto TF – 5 Santa Cruz / La Orotava .
Follow this road ( RF – 5 ) for about 20 minutes.

Once you are in Santa Cruz , stay on Calle Tres de Mayo / La Salla / Avenida Maritima / Puerto . You pass a big roundabout , where you keep to the right to drive on Avenida Manuel Hermoso Rojas to Avenida la Constitucion. The Avenida la Constitucion runs parallel to the sea and leads directly to the Auditorio de Tenerife .
It is better, however, to choose the parking garage or the parking lot before and not drive up too close to the Auditorio, because parking can be difficult.

Arriving by car from Los Cristianos

Take the TF – 655 to the roundabout .
At the roundabout, take the second exit TF-1 direction Aeropuerto Sur / Santa Cruz.
Stay on the TF – 1 about 40 minutes , and then take one of the 2 right lanes to trace on exit 3 , direction Avenida Maritima / Puerto.
At the roundabout, take the first exit to stay on the TF-4. You will eventually reach Avenida la Constitucion, where you can continue to the Auditorio de Tenerife .
Again, it is more ideal, to pick the place for parking in advance .


The Auditorio de Tenerife is just a few steps away from the central bus station Intercambiador Santa Cruz.


Like in every big, or even small, cities in Tenerife, parking spaces in Santa Cruz are rare. There are a few parking garages and partly secured parking grounds at the harbour and along the promenade, which are also usually well signposted. But because Santa Cruz is not very big, you can get around easily on foot.

At a glance

Parking ground

at the Auditorio de Tenerife
Parque Maritimoca. 3 Minuten zu Fuß
Plaza de Espana and the Avenida Maritima
  • by one of the buses 910, 914, 916, 917, 921, 945, 946
  • to the stop Intercambiador StaCruz
  • then about 3 minutes on foot
  • in total: about 10 minutes
  • or 15 minutes on foot along the promenad

Parking Garages

Plaza Weyler
  • by one of the buses 014, 026, 027, 228, 232, 901, 902, 908, 934, 936, 937 from the stop San Sebastián
  • to the stop Intercambiador StaCruz
  • then about 3 minutes on foot
  • in total: about 20 minutes
Parque Bulevar
  • about 5 minutes on foot to Plaza de Espana
  • then by one of the buses 909, 910, 914, 916, 917, 921, 945, 946
  • to the stop Intercambiador StaCruz
  • then about 3 minutes on foot
  • in total: about 15 Minuten
Garcia Sanabria
  • about 10 minutes on foot to Plaza de Espana
  • then by one of the buses  909,  910, 914, 916, 917, 921, 945, 946
  • to the stop Intercambiador StaCruz
  • then about 3 minutes on foot
  • in total: about 20 Minuten
at the shopping street Tres de Mayo und Cabo Llanos
  • about 5 minutes on foot from the Auditorio de Tenerife

You can travel easily by bus to the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Coming by bus from Puerto de la Cruz:

Take the bus 103 traveling from the stop El Risco. The journey will last three quarters of an hour. There are four stops until you reach Intercambiador StaCruz. From there, it is about 500 m to the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Coming by bus from Los Cristianos:

With the buses 110 or 111, it will take one and a half hours from the bus stop Los Cristianos to arrive at Intercambiador Santa Cruz. You will reach this stop without having to change buses. You can then walk the remaining 500 m to the Auditorio de Tenerife.

With Google Maps, you can easily look up your travel plan by entering your departure point in the directions and selecting whether you plan to arrive by car or bus. If you go by bus, GoogleMaps will give you the exact departure times under “travel options.”

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