Thursday, 5 June 2014

New Season 2014-2015 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona

During, the 2014-2015, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona will perform 11 operas in 4 languages, including a double bill.

- Gioachino Rossini : Il Barbiere di Siviglia, conducted by Giuseppe Finzi, directed by Joan Font, advertised as a 'new production', by already performed in Houston (TX), in October 2011 ;
- Giuseppe Verdi : La Traviata, conducted by Evelino Pido, directed by David McVicar, announced as a 'new coproduction' (already performed in Cardiff in February 2012 and in Geneva) ;
- Richard Strauss : Arabella, conducted by Antoni Ros-Marba, directed by Christof Loy (first performed in Frankfurt in January 2009, then revived in Amsterdam last April) ;
- Gaetano Donizetti : Maria Stuarda, conducted by Maurizio Benini, directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, is supposed to be a 'new coproduction', but has already been performed in Houston (TX) in April 2012 and in London ;
- Xavier Montsalvatge : Una voce in off, and Francis Poulenc : La voix humaine, conducted by Pablo Gonzalez, directed by Paco Azorin (new productions) ;
- Vincenzo Bellini : Norma, conducted by Renato Palumbo, directed by Kevin Newbury (new production, to be performed later in San Francisco and Chicago) ;
- Richard Wagner : Siegfried, conducted by Josep Pons, directed by Robert Carsen (first performed in Köln in November 2002, and subsequently revived in several theatres)
- Georges Bizet : Carmen, conducted by Patrick Fournillier, directed by Calixto Bieito (this production is at least 10 years old, and has already been performed in Barcelona in September 2010) ;
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Cosi fan tutte, conducted by Josep Pons, directed by Damiano Michieletto (first performed in Venezia in February 2012) ;
- Gaetano Donizetti : Don Pasquale, conducted by Diego Matheuz, directed by Laurent Pelly (new coproduction, with the Santa Fe Festival and the San Francisco Opera).

There are only 3 new productions this season in Barcelona. Several new productions or new coproductions are in fact revivals, considering the stagings have already been performed in other theatres. This is a publicity stunt used by some opera houses to erroneously enhance the artistic level of their seasons.

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