The Gran Teatro del Liceu, built in 1847 at La Rambla in Barcelona, is one of the symbols of the city and of world opera. It has been a leading cultural and artistic centre for all these years.
The Liceu’s annual programme is always a cause of excitement for opera-lovers. Now, exactly twenty years after the reopening of the Liceu with ‘Turandot’ in October of 1999, the “Ice Princess” is returning to the great theatre at La Rambla.
This splendid new production of Puccini’s posthumous last opera is visually fascinating with its original scenographic design, spectacular costumes and incredible lighting, all of which help to underscore the innovative spirit of this gem of late Verismo opera. For its part, the masterpiece of Amadeu Vives, ‘Doña Francisquita’, will be coming back to the Gran Teatre del Liceu from 10 to 17 November with a change in the spoken dialogues, offering a fresh view of zarzuela light opera.
In the spring of 2020, Katharina Wagner —the great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner— will be making her debut in Barcelona with ‘Lohengrin’, one of the famous composer’s most emblematic works and certainly his most romantic, in addition to being the first of his pieces to have been performed in Barcelona, back in 1882. This new production will feature Klaus Florian Vogt, a tenor enjoying worldwide acclaim and a specialist in the Wagnerian repertoire, and Evelyn Herlitzius, and they will be singing in a winter landscape with three opposing worlds in the form of cubes floating in the air. In the summer, from 21 July to 2 August 2020, the opera buffa par excellence, ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’, will be back. With a colourful luminous staging, it will present the adventures of Figaro, the roguish Sevilian barber who has been making opera audiences laugh for generations.