The Operas

DOÑA FRANCISQUITA TT

One of the most popular zarzuelas by Amadeu Vives, directed by Lluís Pasqual and starring María José Moreno and Celso Albelo

This famous zarzuela by Amadeu Vives – the composer from Collbató, near Barcelona – returns to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in a production by Lluís Pasqual, who has revamped the spoken dialogues to offer a fresh view of Vives' prime masterpiece. He also sets the love affairs of Fernando, Francisquita, Don Matías and Aurora “la Beltrana” in three different periods, with sets designed by Alejandro Andújar. The title has been coproduced by the Liceu and Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela.

The cast is headed by the successful tandem of Celso Albelo and María José Moreno.

A new opportunity to discover Spanish operetta, performed by a team of artists who are quite simply extraordinary.

Music: Amadeu Vives
Stage director: Lluís Pasqual
Set design: Alejandro Andújar
Choreography: Nuria Castejón
Lighting Design: Pascal Merat
Conductor: Oliver Díaz
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of The Liceu Opera Barcelona

Francisquita: María José Moreno
Aurora “La Beltrana”: Ana Ibarra
Doña Francisca: María José Suárez
Fernando: Celso Albelo
Don Matías: Carlos Chausson
Actor: Gonzalo de Castro


AIDA TT

The historic production, with sets by Mestres Cabanes, returns to the Liceu with Rowley, Margaine and Meade.

Aida as our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents saw it, set against the hyper-realist scenery designed in 1945 by the Catalan artist from Manresa, Josep Mestres Cabanes. This splendid creation of the great Catalan school of set design emphasizes the grandeur – and also the intimacy – of Verdi's third-before-last opera, remaining true to the historicist tradition without ever lapsing into kitsch.

In his tensely dramatic Aida, the 58-year-old Verdi displays his colossal strength and musical and theatrical savoir-faire to relate the love triangle that causes Aida, Amneris and Radamès to pursue their passion, love and hatred to the very last consequences. The background of Ancient Egypt – the work was written to mark the opening of the Suez Canal – provides the excuse for the grandiose choral and symphonic scenes, which alternate with exquisite arias throughout the extensive score.

The Liceu debut of American soprano Angela Meade.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Stage director: Thomas Guthrie
Set design: Mestres Cabanes
Choreography: Angelo Smimmo
Costumes: Franca Squarciapino
Lighting Design: Albert Faura
Conductor: Gustavo Gimeno
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of The Liceu Opera Barcelona

The King: Mariano Buccino
Amneris: Clémentine Margaine
Aida: Angela Meade
Radamès: Yonghoon Lee
Ramfis: Kwangchul Youn