March 20th, 2019
Young and talented pianists from all over the world gather in Barcelona for the 65th edition of the Maria Canals International Music Competition
- A total of 88 young and talented pianists from 33 different countries will take part in the 65th Maria Canals Competition, between March 23rd and April 4th, 2019.
- The Competition will be held at the Palau de la Música Catalana and will consist of two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and a final with orchestra.
- Music and spring are the unifying thread of this year’s Maria Canals International Music Competition, which also puts together a great number of educational, social and informative activities within the framework of the OFF Competition.
- This year’s new image has been devised and will be presented by visual artist Tatiana Blanqué.
- As a new project, piano works will be commissioned to Catalan composers, and the contestants will add such works to their own repertoire.
THE LICEU CELEBRATES THE ‘20 YEARS’ SEASON
The artistic project looks to the future and remembers the past with great titles, great voices and the opening of five new productions, three of them led by the Liceu.
New productions of Franc Aleu’s Turandot, which opens the season, Lohengrin from Katharina Wagner and Il barbiere de Siviglia from Josef Ernst Köpplinger will be performed for the first time in the Liceu.
Doña Francisquita, staged by Lluís Pasqual and Alcione, with musical direction from Jordi Savall, are two new co-productions from the Teatro de la Zarzuela and the Opéra Comique de Paris, respectively.
Carmen from Calixto Bieito and Aida with stage design from Mestres Cabanes, are two of the Liceu’s most emblematic productions and feature the most prestigious cast to celebrate its 20 years.
A celebration of great voices: Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov, Javier Camarena, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, Anita Rachvelishvili, Roberto Alagna, Klaus Florian Vogt, Clémentine Margaine, Gregory Kunde, Jorge de León and Myrtò Papatanasiu, among many others.
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci comes to the Liceu in one of the most acclaimed productions by the Royal Opera House, directed by Michieletto, with the voices of Alagna and Pankratova, and conducted by the maestro Nánási.
McVicar presents La clemenza di Tito, Mozart’s final opera, which stars Fanale and Nurgeldiyev as Tito, and Remigio, Papatanasiu and Goikoetxea as Vitellia.
María Pagés, in co-production with the Liceu, presents De Scheherazade a Yo, Carmen, a new interpretation of the gypsy tobacco factory worker, in which the choreographer stays clear of ‘folklorisms’.
Major successes in the world of dance: the English National Ballet returns withGiselle by Akram Khan, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens portrays a journey from the shadows of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater to the apotheosis of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.
Mahler’s Second Symphony, “Resurrection”, will be the main symphony concert, which the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu will perform in the theatre, as part of the Memorial Pau Casals, under the direction of Josep Pons.
Along this line, there will also be a series of symphony concerts held throughout the territory and chamber music will take on a relevant role, with exhilarating projects from the Orchestra itself, that can be enjoyed both in the theatre and in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia.
Diàlegs de Tirant i Carmesina, a chamber opera by Joan Magrané depicting the protagonists of Matorell’s novel, can be seen in the Foyer del Teatre in collaboration with Òpera de Butxaca.
Two new productions from El Petit Liceu: El monstre al laberint, a participative opera by Dove, with stage direction by Paco Azorín and La Barcarola by Juan Pablo Mendiola, a musical-visual experience for young children.
The exhibition, “Opera: passion, power and politics” comes to CaixaForum Barcelona on 17th September. An original idea from the Victoria and Albert Museum, adapted and produced by ”la Caixa”, which, in collaboration with the Liceu, tells of the evolution of the genre of opera through an immersive experience.
To mark 20 years since its re-opening, discounts of up to 25% will be offered on subscriptions for regular seats and 35% on popular subscriptions. These are new features which will improve accessibility to the opera, to the theatre and to the new season.
Those under 35 years of age may continue to enjoy pre-release tickets at € 15 each and, in addition to this, they will be able to purchase tickets at a special price of € 30 for all titles, a fortnight before each performance premiers.
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Barcelona, 12th March 2019
The president of the Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Salvador Alemany, the managing directorValentí Oviedo, the artistic director Christina Scheppelmann and the music director Josep Ponshave today, in the Foyer, presented the new season of 20 years since the re-opening of the theatre, an artistic project that appeals to the rebirth of an institution which is a reference in southern Europe and a symbol of Catalonia. The new season also reclaims the fundamental role of opera within our society, using the slogan The power of the opera. A power which, together with the people, helped the theatre to rise from the ashes in 1999.
The new season 2019/20 anticipates a budget of 48.3 million euros, an increase of 3.6% compared to the previous season, which totalled 46.6 million euros. The artistic project includes a total of eleven titles that remember the past and look to the future of the Liceu in a season of spectacular productions and great voices – ten staged operas and one in a concert version of ten composers –. Dance remains a pillar of the theatre, with three leading ballets, adding to six concerts and recitals, eight shows from El Petit Liceu and activities in the Foyer. These include a new project of chamber opera, with Diàlegs de Tirant i Carmesina by Joan Magrané, based on the protagonists from Joanot Martorell’s novel and with stage direction from Marc Rosich. There will also be the regular programme of Off Liceu and the Liceu’s chambers.
A celebration of opera, where five new productions will be shown with the participation of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, three of them led by the theatre, which will be premiered worldwide next season, as in the case of Puccini’s Turandot. Following the memorable inauguration on 7thOctober 1999, the Liceu will again don their finest to inaugurate a new version of Turandot from the visual creator Franc Aleu, a performance which retraces history and looks to the future, with a high-tech project under the musical direction of the maestro Josep Pons. An inauguration to remember, with the greatest voices: Iréne Theorin and Lise Lindstrom —who will perform her debut in the Liceu— as Princess Turandot, and Jorge de León and Gregory Kunde as Calaf. The Liceu also captains two new co-productions: Lohengrin by Wagner, with stage direction by Katharina Wagner, great-granddaughter of the composer –a project developed together with the Leipzig Opera that features the voices of Klaus Florian Vogt and Evelyn Herlitzius—, and an interpretation of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia by Josef Ernst Köpplinger, co-produced by Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (Munich) and the Théâtre Capitole (Toulouse).
The great voices, a reference in the history of the theatre, will be a leitmotiv in this celebration of the re-opening of the Liceu, which is a symbol with more than 170 years of history. Forming part of this, Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez, Javier Camarena, Roberto Alagna, Yusif Eyvazov, Joyce DiDonato, Clémentine Margaine, Anna Pirozzi, Anita Rachvelishvili, Angela Meade, Yonghoon Lee, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Evelyn Herlitzius, Klaus Florian Vogt, Iréne Theorin, Roberto Alagna, Elena Pankratova, Carmela Remigio and Varduhi Abrahamyan, among many others, will take to the stage throughout the ‘20 years’ season to share unique, once-in-a-lifetime moments with their audiences. This also applies to the stage and musical directors, with Henrick Nánási, Philippe Auguin, Patrick Summers, Josep Pons and Jordi Savall, from the musical side, and Damiano Michieletto, David McVicar, Katharina Wagner, Calixto Bieito and Lluís Pasqual from the dramatic side. Lluís Pasqual is directing a new production of Amadeu Vives’ Doña Francisquita which is co-produced by the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid where it will be premiered in May and will then go on to the Liceu in November 2019 with the voices of María José Moreno, Elena Sancho Perego, Celso Albelo and Airam Hernández, and will be conducted by Óliver Díaz. Alcione by Marin Marais is the other new co-production that will be performed for the first time in Spain in May 2020. Louise Motay creates an imaginative set, drawing inspiration from circus arts to portray thistragédie lyrique. It is conducted by the internationally renowned Jordi Savall, who will direct the staged opera in the Liceu. The occasion will mark the first time this baroque opera is performed in the theatre and will be co-produced by the Opéra Comique de Paris.
The new season, that of 20 years since the re-opening of the Liceu after the devastating fire, also takes another look at the most emblematic productions of the theatre, such as Verdi’s opera Aida, the most performed opera in the Liceu’s history – 456 times – that returns with a memorable mise-en-scène, held dear by the public and subscribers, which includes set designer Mestres Cabanes’ legendary curtains. The musical direction is led by Gustavo Gimeno with the voices of Angela Meade, who makes her debut in the Liceu, Anna Pirozzi and Clémentine Margaine who will also sing the acclaimed role of Carmen and will be staged by Calixto Bieito. Patrick Summers takes charge of the musical direction with other leading voices such as Anita Rachvelishvili, who debuts in the Liceu, and Varduhi Abrahamian. An iconic stage production which premiered 20 years ago in the summer of 1999 in Peralada, and which has been performed not only in the Liceu, but also on the great international stages.
The opera season will also feature Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in a large-scale production from the Royal Opera House, La Monnaie, Opera Australia and The Göteborg Opera. A double production from Damiano Michieletto through two of the most emblematic operas in the verism genre, in which the Italian director combines the two titles using visual resources and makes a foray into some of the characters, fromCavalleria rusticana over to Pagliacci and vice versa. The maestro Nánási will be in charge of the musical side of the production, with voices from Roberto Alagna and Elena Pankratova. David McVicar also joins the season with Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, the composer’s final opera, which has only been seen 25 times in the Liceu’s history. The production of this opera seria was created for the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2011 and comes to the Liceu with the great voices of Paolo Fanale and Dovlet Nurgeldiyev as Tito and Myrtò Papatanasiu, Carmela Remigio and Vanessa Goikoetxea as Vitellia, and is conducted by Auguin. Joyce DiDonato will portray Rossini’sSemiramide with Levy Sekgapane as Idreno, resulting in a prestigious double-act for this opera, based on a piece by Voltaire and last performed in the Liceu in 2005.
The symbolism of the Second Symphony of Mahler, “Resurrection”, will be the epicentre of the symphony section, with one single concert being held in the Liceu as an emblem of expectation and renewed hope, like the phoenix bird rising from the ashes. Premiered in 1885, it is the first symphony of the Austrian composer to incorporate both a chorus and soloist, in this case Chen Reiss as the soprano and Karen Cargill as the mezzo. The theatre’s Orchestra, directed by the maestro Josep Pons, will also perform a series of symphony concerts throughout the territory to ensure everyone can participate in the 20th anniversary of the Liceu. The celebration will continue with the Liceu’s chambers, which will take on a role in keeping with the 20th anniversary season, with more than twenty exhilarating projects developed by the Orchestra itself, which will not only be shown in the Liceu, but also on stages around the city of Barcelona and the whole of Catalonia.
The concerts and recitals join in with the greatest voices: the concert of Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov – a concert not included in the annual subscription –, Juan Diego Flórez and, following the success in Peralada and of the inauguration of the season with I Puritani, the recital by Javier Camarena. As always, at Christmas, children and adults can enjoy ‘dreams of sand’, an artistic performance which uses sand to interpret Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol – with music and piano by Albert Guinovart – and the 57th edition of the International Tenor Viñas Contest which, like every year, discovers the operatic voices of the future.
The Liceu’s new season presents three ballets from three internationally acclaimed companies, with the return of the English National Ballet directed by Tamara Rojo, that captivated the public in 2015 with Swan Lake. In 2020 it returns with Giselle, choreographed by Akram Khan, that reimagines the classic ballet in a contemporary key with a musical score from Vincenzo Lamagna, and recreates the original score by Adolphe Adam. Khan’s reinterpretation has been awarded as one of the best European choreography performances, and the production includes stage design and costumes by Tim Yip, who collaborates with the film-maker Ang Lee. The Liceu, loyal to its commitment to dance, presents a new production from the choreographer María Pagés, who will be premiering De Scheherazade a Yo, Carmen, understood to be one of the best contemporary flamenco performances of the moment, and features the dramaturgy of El Arbi El Harti. Through her choreography, María Pagés portrays the two principal characters as two women who walk without fear, are proud of their sexual identities and are detached from their conventional roles. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, directed by Ivan Cavallari, is the last of the three projects, with a double programme that takes us from the darkness of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with choreography by Edward Clug, to the apotheosis of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony by Uwe Scholz.
Educational Service and El Petit Liceu
After premiering two new productions during the 2018/19 season, El Petit Liceu continues to update its selection, with projects that take children of all age groups into consideration, in line with the restructuring of the Educational Service announced in May 2018. The 2019/20 season presents two of its own productions. The first is La Barcarola by Juan Pablo Mendiola, which answers to the musical awareness of young children through the human voice, its evolution from the natural state right up to the operatic voice. This offering, which will be shown in the Foyer in May, plays with both a musical side and the incorporation of other arts, such as set design, acting and visual art, among others. This show focuses on the initial growth of the child at the beginning of their formal education, from 3 to 5 years old.
The second new production is El monstre al laberint by Jonathan Dove, a participatory opera which joins together the professional, amateur and educational worlds, allowing participation in a stage production which considers artistic experience and personal growth. This new show, which began as a collaboration with the Consorci d’Educació Barcelona, is aimed at adolescents from 12 years and upwards. The relevance of this show and its importance in the remodelling of the educational project of the Liceu is that it hands an important role to the spectator and also allows the school pupils to be at the heart of the performance. It lets them participate actively in the performance from the beginning, and up to the four performances staged in the Liceu. Similar projects have made a difference throughout Europe, such as in the case of, for example, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and recently in the Festival Grec de Barcelona. El monstre al laberint can be seen in the Liceu, staged by Paco Azorín and with the participation of la Orquesta del Conservatori del Liceu, the Anton Bruckner Choir and la Coral Càrmina.
El Petit Liceu completes the season with a total of eight shows, including classics such as Els músics de Bremen by Poire Vallvé, La petita flauta màgica and Allegro Vivace by Joan Font (Comediants). Furthermore, its two most recent shows will remain in the programme: El jove barber de Sevilla by Danilo Rubeca and co-produced by ASLICO (Associazione Lirica e Concertista)- COMO and Mans a l’òpera by Xavi Mateu. The Liceu will also maintain its commitment to IT Dansa, the young company from the Institut del Teatre, directed by Catherine Allard, that will present four choreographies in the Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat: Kaash, The prom, In memoriamand Whim Fractured Fairytale.
Further activities for the 20th anniversary
The new season will not only feature shows from the theatre’s programme but also other complementary activities to radiate opera around Barcelona. “Opera: passion, power and politics” is an original exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, showing the evolution of opera from its origins up to the present day, through an immersive experience. The Gran Teatre del Liceu collaborates with ”la Caixa” in producing this great exhibition, which has already been in London and which comes to CaixaForum Madrid and CaixaForum Barcelona on 25th April and 17th September respectively. The exhibition is the first that explores opera on a grand scale and that transports the spectator to eight opening nights in eight European cities and tells of the interrelation between the social, political and cultural landscapes of the cities in which they were created. A result of the close collaboration between”la Caixa” and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, “Opera: passion, power and politics” will incorporate, for the exhibition in the CaixaForum centres, the city of Barcelona, and the premier of the operaPepita Jiménez by Isaac Albéniz in 1896, in the theatre. An example of modernist Barcelona; a key moment in our cultural history.
New information regarding the 20th anniversary subscriptions
Within the framework of the 20th anniversary of the re-opening of the theatre, a new policy on subscriptions will be introduced, including a restructuring of the subscription series and discounts for all subscribers, both for those renewing their commitment to the Liceu, as well as for those who are joining the theatre for the first time. The Liceu aims to make the strength of the opera, dance performances and concerts of this new 2019/20 season more accessible to all. These new subscriptions will be available from 1st April on the website: www.liceu.cat or by telephone: 902 787 397.
The new system of subscriptions is structured around series of 12, 9, 6 and 3 titles, that integrate the traditional category of a regular seat with a new discount for all subscriptions. In the case of the series of 12 performances, the subscriber will enjoy a 25% discount and in the case of the 9 and 6 performance series, a 20% discount. This new proposal also includes a popular subscriptionoption, which offers more advantages to the public for the new ‘20 years’ season, offering a 35% discount for one series of 6 performances and for all the series of 3 performances. As always, the popular subscription is the best option for those who want to experience the operatic genre for the first time.
Flexible subscriptions become made to measure subscriptions and provide a discount of 10% on three or more shows from the new season, which can be selected from any genre. Regarding the other types of subscriptions, dance will remain the same, which includes three dance shows with a 20% discount, and also El Petit Liceu which provides a 20% discount on the purchase of four or more tickets of the same or different shows, from El Petit Liceu.
Advantages for subscribers, as well as saving money on their purchase, include the possibility tochange one of the shows in the subscription – two changes are permitted in the subscription for 12 and 9 shows, and one in the subscription for 6 –, the purchase of additional tickets with a 20%discount throughout the entire season and the new vacant seat service, which makes it possible for the subscribers to sell the subscription tickets that won’t be used. The price is established by the subscriber and is limited to the maximum cost of the original ticket. A refund of 50% will be issued in the event of it being sold.
Those under 35 years of age are also included in the new features of the 2019/20 season. In October #LiceuUnder35 will be launched, an exclusive session for those under 35 years of age with a special price of € 15 that also includes other services, such as food stands or a DJ in the Foyer. From September 2019, those under 35 years old will also be able to obtain tickets at a special price of € 30 up to 2 weeks before the opening performance. Students under 29 years of age can also buy tickets at a special price of € 20 if the purchase is made at the theatre box office three hours before the start of the show. This is yet another way to make opera more accessible to young people, consolidating their journey from El Petit Liceu to becoming a fully-fledged subscriber.
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.
Press release · NEW SEASON 2018/19
THE VOICE OF LICEU
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.
THE BRITISH TENOR FREDDIE DE TOMMASO WINS THE 55TH TENOR VIÑAS INTERNATIONAL SINGING CONTEST
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.
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
A NEW SEASON WITH GREAT VOICES
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).
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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).
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...
Spielzeitbeginn am Stadttheater Klagenfurt mit Salome, Maria 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.
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/