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OFF Competition Maria Canals Barcelona: 800 activities and 150 pianos in the street



Friday 28th September

Piano for everyone
The OFF Maria Canals Barcelona Competition will schedule more than 800 educational and social activities and will place 150 grand pianos in public spaces for the 2018/19 season

  • For the 2018/19 season, the OFF Competition schedules more than 800 educational, social and informative activities in association with over 100 public and private entities.
  • Catalan artist Paula Valls, who has participated in the OFF Competition activities, closed the event with the piece Monsters
  • Up to 330,000 people will enjoy the more than 150 pianos stationed on the streets, and 6,000 music and general education students will benefit from the program.
  • The OFF Competition includes: Maria Canals “Porta Cua”Can you play?, the social project It’s my turn! and Learning with Maria Canals.
  • The projects It’s my turn! and Maria Canals “Porta Cua” have already been introduced in several cities in Spain and are jointly organized with the Jesús Serra Foundation.

Today has been presented at the press conference the OFF Competition Maria Canals Barcelona, which celebrates its 10th anniversary the 2018/19 season. The journalists and guests have been able to enjoy a tour that has visited the most emblematic places where the OFF Competition has been present in the city such as: Via Laietana, Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia, Passatge Maria Canals, the home of Maria Canals, Academia Ars Nova, Sagrada Família, Avinguda Diagonal, Centre Cívic Sant Martí, Badalona, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Parc de la Trinitat, Ciutat Meridiana, Parc de la Guineueta, Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron, Plaça Pastrana, Casal Font d’en Fargas until reaching the Mirador dels Somnis of Tibidabo.

In the park there have been speeches by Mariona Carulla, president of Maria Canals Barcelona Competition Association and Jordi Vivancos, general manager of Maria Canals Barcelona Competition Association, and performances by Jorge Nava, Catalan prizewinner of the Maria Canals Competition, Athena, student with a scholarship from the OFF Competition and Francesc Busquets, amateur pianist, to end with the artist Paula Valls, who has played her own work Monsters.

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The voice of Liceu. New season 2018/19

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Press release · NEW SEASON 2018/19




A wide variety of styles embracing pieces from the 18th through the 21st century featuring the world première of L’enigma di Lea by Benet Casablancas, with stage direction by Carme Portaceli and musical direction Josep Pons.

A new season with strong female roles in the operatic titles and 3 leading female stage directors -Portaceli, de Beer and Miskimmon- with new and inventive performances on stage.

Liceu continues to be a venue for international great voices with Camarena, Damrau, Radvanovsky, Theorin, Beczala, DiDonato, Yende, Buratto, Schrott, Haroutounian, Bakanova, etc. as well as great Catalan and Spanish singers such as Álvarez, Albelo, Arteta, Sabata, Moreno, Beaumont, de León, Blanch, and Calvo, among others.

A new co-production to inaugurate the season with Bellini's I Puritani with stage direction by Annilese Miskimmon and musical direction by Christopher Franklin

Wagner's inspiring spirit guides the new "Chamber Music at Liceu" project led by Josep Pons featuring the Theatre's Chorus and Orchestra. The Orchestra's symphonic concerts also evoke the paths forged by the German composer.

Large formations and technology will also be present in the new season with Ponchielli's La Gioconda, featuring 238 artists on the stage and Händel's Rodelinda, with stage direction by Claus Guth, large format projections and a mobile building in the set design.

The season boasts a remarkable combination of classic titles and breakthrough projects. Les pêcheurs de perles returns to Liceu after 54 years with a performance featuring a reality show approach.


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Second prize goes to the Spanish soprano Leonor Bonilla while the South Korean tenor Sehoon Moon earns third prize, along with the public prize
Liceu is aiming to provide an ever more expansive international reach to the contest and will offer a live streaming broadcast of the Final Concert tomorrow, Sunday, 21 January, direct from the Gran Teatre del Liceu


Barcelona,  January 2018

The British tenor Freddie de Tommaso has earned the first prize of the 55th “Tenor Viñas” International Singing Contest, in the Final held yesterday in the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Second prize has been awarded to the soprano Leonor Bonilla, while third prize goes to Sehoon Moon, from South Korea. The rest of the official prizes have been awarded to the French soprano Anaïs Constans (fourth prize), the South Korean counter-tenor Jungkwon Jang (fifth prize) and the baritone Andrew Manea from the United States (sixth prize).

Sixteen singers participated in the Final of this year's Tenor Viñas contest out of a total of 515, representing 60 countries. The artists have passed through preliminary auditions in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Beijing, San Francisco, Moscow and Madrid.

An international jury presided by the artistic director of Liceu, Christina Scheppelmann, has been in charge of selecting the winners from among all the finalists. The jury members form part of the world's leading opera theatres such as Russia's Bolshoi Theatre, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, New York's Metropolitan Opera House and l'Opéra National de París among others.

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Maestro Josep Pons will conduct the traditional UN concert on 9 December with an excellent musical repertoire including pieces by Beethoven, Strauss and Händel.

Organised by the ONUART Foundation and produced by MEDIAPRO, the concert is dedicated to peace among peoples and will pay homage to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

The link between the United Nations and the Liceu goes back to Maestro Pau Casals, who was a cellist at the Liceu and composed the UN’s hymn as a universal symbol of peace.

Barcelona, 22 November 2017

On 9 December, the Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Josep Pons, will perform the Concert for Peace and Human Rights organised by the ONUART Foundation and produced by Mediapro, which will broadcast it around the world from the United Nations. For the fourth year in a row, the concert will be performed in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room at the United Nations under the great dome created by Miquel Barceló, which was conceived as a metaphor for what the United Nations represents.

The relationship giving rise to this event is

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The greatest voices of opera appearing in 13 titles by 10 composers affirm the Liceu as a major international opera house: Kaufmann, Hvorostovsky, Radvanovsky, Kunde, Domingo, Beczala, Zajick, Theorin, Vinke, Salsi, Pratt, Garifullina, Pirgu, Álvarez, Puértolas, de León, Metlova, Siri, Abdrazakov, and many more.

Jonas Kaufmann appears in Barcelona for the first time in a staged opera singing the role of Andrea Chénier alongside Sondra Radvanovsky and Carlos Álvarez.

Liceu’s new co-productions: Roméo et Juliette by Gounod, conceived of by Stephen Lawless, andManon Lescaut by Puccini in the hands of Davide Livermore.

The Liceu leads a new co-production of The Demon by Rubinstein, a 19th century title “rediscovered” by stage director Dmitry Bertman, starring Hvorostovsky and Grigorian.

Il viaggio a Reims will be a new “studio” experience blending renowned soloists with promising young opera singers and providing a career opportunity for up-and-coming artists.

Next generation conductors - Sagripanti, Tebar and Scappucci - intersperse with internationally established musical leaders - Summers, Steinberg, Palumbo, Christie (Liceu debut).

Catalan talent is highlighted in appearances by Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus), Jordi Savall, Josep Bros (celebrating the 25th anniversary of his debut at the Liceu), Albert Guinovart and Mario Gas, among others.

The Liceu celebrates Monteverdi’s 450th birthday with L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert version featuring the Ensemble Matheus under the baton of Jean-Christophe Spinosi.

A clear commitment to ballet with 3 international companies: Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre from Genève, Eifman Ballet from St. Petersburg and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

A new interactive show for El Petit Liceu: El Jove Barber de Sevilla in co-production with AsLiCo (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana).

Download the season here http://www.liceubarcelona.cat/sites/default/files/deplis_pdf/depli_17-18_tot_ang.pdf

Barcelona, March 20th 2017

The Gran Teatre del Liceu presented its new 2017/18 Season at a press conference featuring Salvador Alemany, President of the Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu, General Director Roger Guasch, Artistic Director Christina Scheppelmann, and Musical Director Josep Pons.

The new season revolves around great titles of the opera repertoire and outstanding performers and directors, an ambitious program continuing the legacy of artistic quality.  A Liceu of big voices, with a clear commitment to new national and international soloists, classic languages mixed with new technologies and innovation onstage, and renowned artistic teams and casts confirm the Liceu’s position among the pantheon of great international houses.

As part of the 20th anniversary of the theatre’s reopening, one of Scheppelmann’s goals is to maintain the high artistic quality that has defined the Liceu. Internationally acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann will appear in Barcelona for the first time in Andrea Chénier, a production from Covent Garden by David McVicar, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg. Kaufmann shares the stage with all-star colleagues soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and baritone Carlos Álvarez.

Plácido Domingo, Piotr Beczala, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Iréne Theorin, Dolora Zajick, Stefan Vinke, Jessica Pratt, Roberto de Candia, Luca Salsi, Aida Garifullina, Saimir Pirgu, Ekaterina Metlova, Maria José Siri and Gregory Kunde are among the other great voices that will delight the audience.

National artists with international fame such as Sabina Puértolas, Jorge de León, Elena Sancho Pereg, Francisco Vas, Isaac Galán, Damián del Castillo and Xabier Anduaga, plus prominent Catalan singers including Marc Pujol, Carol Garcia, Antoni Comas, Gemma Coma-Alabert, Toni Marsol, David Alegretand Manel Esteve round out the list of top-tier soloists.

Turning to musical leadership, next generation conductors such as Giacomo Sagripanti, Ramón Tebarand Speranza Scapucci make their first Liceu appearances, interspersed with internationally established maestros like William Christie (also a Liceu debut). Renato Palumbo, Daniele Callegari, Pinchas Steinberg, Mikhail Tatarnikov and Patrick Summers among other renowned conductors will work together with the Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, while ourMusic Director, Maestro Josep Pons, leading the way in musical excellence, will conduct Tristan und Isolde and Roméo et Juliette.

The 2017/18 season includes three new productions, one of them a title never before seen at the Liceu. Roméo et Juliette by Gounod is a new coproduction with Santa Fe Opera (premiere August 2016) directed by Stephen Lawless and featuring an first-rate cast for Barcelona led by Aida Garifullina and Saimir Pirgu under the baton of Josep Pons.

Manon Lescaut by Puccini is another new coproduction for the Liceu, directed by Davide Livermore and conducted by French maestro Emmanuele Villaume. This new collaboration debuts at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples in June 2017 with additional participation by Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. Three acclaimed tenors, Kunde, de León and Davila, share the role of Des Grieux in a drama set against the backdrop of early 20th century emigration, starring universally acclaimed sopranos Ludmyla Monastyrska and Maria Pia Piscitelli in the title role.

A major highlight of the Liceu’s new 2017/18 season is the 19th century Russian work The Demon by Anton Rubinstein, an opera never seen at the Liceu, virtually rediscovered by stage director Dmitry Bertman and dealing with the Demon’s obsession with love. The Liceu will be the lead partner in this new coproduction with Helikon Opera in Moscow, Opéra National de Bordeaux and Staatstheater Nürnberg, and will showcase baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the Demon along with soprano Asmik Grigorian in the role of Tamara. Moreover, this presents another opportunity to enjoy the great musical leadership of Mikhail Tatarnikov, who conducted the much acclaimed Hvorostovsky Concert last November.

The 2017/18 season will begin with Il viaggio a Reims, a Rossini opera that has been performed at the Liceu only 12 times! This dramma giocoso, which features the veteran stage direction of Emilio Sagi, is the ideal context for exploring a new “studio” experience blending well-known soloists with young stars of tomorrow, with the purpose of creating an opportunity for the emerging artists. This initiative aims to support young singers that have just finished their studies by providing them support, training and an international boost at the beginning of their career. This young cast, selected in June 2016, includes three of the 2017 Concurs Viñas competition winners: Ariadna González (2ndPrize), Carlos Pachón (3rd Prize) and Xabier Anduaga (5th Prize). Italian Giacomo Sagripanti (named Best Conductor at the International Opera Awards 2016) assumes the musical direction of this ingenious scenic play, a series of arias and concertati of indisputable quality and originality. On 7thOctober the Liceu will officially inaugurate the season with Verdi and Boussard, the French stage director who offers us Un ballo in maschera with Christian Lacroix’s striking costumes and the exceptional musical direction of internationally renowned maestro Renato Palumbo. A refined game of seduction and betrayal that brings to the stage two top-level casts with Piotr Beczala, Fabio Santori, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Giovanni Meoni, Ekaterina Metlova, Maria José Siri and Dolora Zajik, among others.

Catalan talent is one of Liceu’s cornerstones, and thus next season international stage director Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus) returns with Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. This production from Opéra de Lyon is a pinnacle of the German composer’s artistic ideology with his harmonic ambiguity, his tonal music. An excellent cast features Iréne Theorin and Stefan Vinke, two indisputable Wagnerian stars who appeared here recently as Brünnhilde and Siegfried, and the musical direction of Josep Pons, equally acclaimed for last season’s Götterdämmerung. A fabulous concept complete with set designs by Alfons Flores, video projections by Franc Aleu and costumes by Josep Abril. The Liceu also revives one of its most successful shows, L’elisir d’amore with scenery by Mario Gas, which was last performed in 2013. A comic and romantic proposal, set in fascist Rome with endearing hints of neoclassical cinema. Jessica Pratt, Pavol Breslik and Roberto de Candia headline a perfect cast under the baton of Spanish conductor Ramón Tebar, who makes his Liceu debut with this title.

The “Ensaladas” with Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations, a Josep Bros recital celebrating the25th anniversary of his Liceu debut, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with music by Albert Guinovart, among other concerts, round out the offerings of national artists with worldwide recognition.

The opera season finishes in July 2018 with the romantic opera La favorite by Donizetti, a Liceu production that premiered in 2002 with scenery by the French-Spaniard Ariel García Valdés, that will be presented in the original French version. The cast is headed by newcomer French mezzosoprano Clémentine Margaine and Ksenia Dudnikova from Uzbekistan in the role of Léonor de Guzman. They share the stage with two highly acclaimed tenors, Michael Spyres and Stephen Costello, as well as baritones Markus Werba and Mattia Olivieri, in the roles of Fernand and Alphonse XI, respectively.

Baroque repertoire and operas in concert version with greatest opera singers

L’incoronazione di Poppea leads the selection of operas in concert version, presented in December 2017 in celebration of the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth; it is an early-Baroque opera with talented specialist Maestro Jean-Christophe Spinosi (who led this season’s Xerxes) leading the Ensemble Matheus. The slightly later Baroque Ariodante by Händel, featuring the great conductor William Christie who will debut at the Liceu with Les Arts Florissants, is one of the most magical pieces by the German composer, with extraordinary da capo arias.

Top soloists headline 2 operas in concert version that have been absent from the Liceu schedule for more than 30 years. Poliuto by Donizetti, which last appeared at the Liceu in 1975, will be performed in January 2018 under the baton of Daniele Callegari and with the stunning voices of Sondra Radvanovsky, who makes her role-debut here in Barcelona as Paolina, Gregory Kunde and Luca Salsi. After 33 years, Attila returns starring bass Ildar Abdrazakov along with Anna Pirozzi, Vasily Ladjuk and Josep Bros under the musical direction of Speranza Scappucci, making her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Rise of dance

The Liceu increases its dance programming to 3 international ballet companies while maintaining its support of IT Dansa. The theatre’s intention is to keep 3 ballet titles per season and to give more weight to this genre within Liceu’s programme, thus we have the opportunity to see Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève with Romeo et Juliette by Prokofiev, Eifman Ballet from St. Petersburg withAnna Karenina and music by Tchaikovsky, and finally Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo with Le Songe.

Prokofiev immortalized the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in music in a version that was deemed impossible to dance to due to its complex rhythms. Yet, over time this piece has become the most-presented ballet of a composer faithful to the dual lyricism and violence that emanate from the theatrical play. It is the Joëlle Bouvier version for Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, halfway between tradition and modernity, a spectacle of beauty and extreme precision, that will arrive at the Liceu.

This year’s Le Songe by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo also takes inspiration from Shakespeare to present a unique show based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An elegant, ground-breaking piece with classic and innovative choreography and staging by Jean-Christophe Maillot, created in 2005 to incidental music of Felix Mendelssohn with the addition of electronic music by Daniel Teruggi and Bertrand Maillot.

Boris Eifman’s choreography to the music of Tchaikovsky brings us the story of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, a novel transformed into one of the most emotional dramas of the contemporary dance world. This work is considered a masterpiece of Eifman’s due to the concept of dynamic movement of the tragic love story. Having filled theatres in Europe and America this tour de force makes its first appearance at the Liceu with Ballet Eifman, conducted by Conrad van Alphen.

Concerts and recitals

The Symphony Orchestra of the Liceu under the baton of Josep Pons will perform A German Requiemby Johannes Brahms with soprano Mojca Erdmann and bass- baritone José Antonio López singing about death and resurrection in the Pau Casals Memorial Concert. Jaquelyn Wagner will give voice toVier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) by Richard Strauss, in a full program rounded out with an instrumental version of Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28 (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks) andTod und Verklärung, op. 24 (Death and Transfiguration). And finally, a concert blending both composers: Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30 (ThusSpoke Zarathustra), one of Richard Strauss’s best-known symphonic poems, combined with the Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 byJohannes Brahms performed by French pianist François- Frédéric Guy under the direction of Mo. Josep Pons.

The season will also feature Love: Between Heaven and Hell with the great Czech mezzo-sopranoMagdalena Kožená, a fusion of pure flamenco and Spanish Baroque“Ensaladas” conducted by Jordi Savall, a collage of 16th Century music and vocal compositions by Mateu Fletxa el Vell and Bartomeu Càrceres; and two great operatic names: Josep Bros and Plácido Domingo. Both will perform much loved repertoire, Bros singing from a variety of composers in a recital celebrating the 25thanniversary of his debut at the Liceu, and Domingo presenting a program of zarzuela, a genre he has cherished since his teen years, accompanied by soprano Ana María Martínez and with musical direction by Jordi Bernàcer.

The list of concerts and recitals wraps up with the Final Auditions of the Francisco Viñas Vocal Contest and the much anticipated Christmas concert comprised this year of Charles Dickens’belovedA Christmas Carol with music by Albert Guinovart and spectacular sand art created live by the renowned Borja González, a member of the Ytuquepintas theatre troupe. The Children’s Chorus of the Amics de la Unió and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Liceu invoke the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future to soften the heart of the miser, Scrooge.

A new interactive production for El Petit Liceu

El Jove Barber de Sevilla, with music by Gioachino Rossini, is a new interactive coproduction of the Gran Teatre del Liceu with AsLiCo (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica) of Como, Italy, which involves audience participation in the form of a children’s chorus comprised of the boys and girls in attendance. The show follows the adventures of the young Figaro and encourages the spectators to discover his barbershop’s bag of tricks. The youngest children will delight in Romeu i Julieta al Laberint Màgic, a new spectacle by theatre company Ariakadabra in which the audience helps Romeo find Juliet in a labyrinth of magic and entertainment, a sampling of the Liceu’s opera season for the youngest of the family with the very best of magic and visual effects. Allegro Vivace, Un viatge màgic pel món de l’òpera returns to the Liceu with acclaimed stage director Joan Font and his troupe Comediants, presenting excepts from operas by Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Berlioz, and more. These three new shows combine with the current hits of El Petit Liceu: La Petita Flauta Màgica, also by Comediants; Guillem Tell  by La Baldufa troupe, and Els Músics de Bremen by Joan-Andreu Vallvé (Centre de Titelles de Lleida).

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Picture by Andrey Stoycher 

The young American baritone John Chest  is going to perform Papageno in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart in Padua this week. Winner of prestigious awards and gifted with any interesting voice, this talented Artist answered very friendly to our questions.

Some of the most important music magazines have described  your voice as ‘rich’, ‘clear’, ‘agile’, but how would YOU describe it? 

Oh wow! Those are nice words. I guess the most important thing for me is that my voice is “reliable." It’s there when I need it. And I would say “consistent” too. I usually know what I’m going to get when I open my mouth to sing! Then beyond that, of course, beauty is what I always strive for, but I won’t go so far as to say that about myself...

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SPIELZEITBEGINN Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Spielzeitbeginn am Stadttheater Klagenfurt mit SalomeMaria Stuart

und der Langen Nacht der kurzen Musik.

Die Spielzeit 2016/2017 wird am 15. September 2016 mit Richard Strauss‘ Oper Salome unter der musikalischen Leitung

von Chefdirigent Alexander Soddy eröffnet. Michael Sturminger inszeniert diesen bahnbrechenden Einakter, bei dem

unerfüllte sexuelle Begierden zu einer Entfesselung von Gewalt und zu einer unheilvollen Verquickung von Eros und

Thanatos führen. Die Titelrolle singt Anna Gabler, die Partie des Jochanaan übernimmt Michael Kupfer-Radecky.

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Stadttheater Klagenfurt Spielzeit 2016/2017


Intendant Florian Scholzund die Kaufmännische Geschäftsführende Direktorin Iris Dönicke haben heute

das Programm der Spielzeit 2016/2017 im Stadttheater Klagenfurt vorgestellt.

Elf Premieren auf der großen Bühne, sechs Statt-Theater Veranstaltungen, Konzerte des Kärntner

Sinfonieorchesters, Kinder- und Jugendproduktionen und zahlreiche Vermittlungsangebote hat das

Stadttheater in der kommenden Spielzeit vorbereitet. Das Motto „Du oder ich“ verweist auf die Themen, die in den Produktionen in der kommenden Saison verhandelt werden.


Der neue Spielplan ist online! http://www.stadttheater-klagenfurt.at/de/produktionen/season-201617/

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