Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

Cavalleria rusticana


Opera in one act. Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci. World premiere: 17/05/1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. First Barcelona performance: 9/05/1891 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 20/04/2011. Number of Liceu performances: 105.


Pagliacci


Opera in two acts. Libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo. World premiere: 21/05/1892 at the Teatro Dai Verme in Milan. First Barcelona performance: 25/01/1895 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 20/04/2011. Number of Liceu performances: 99.

Program and cast

Artistic Profile


CONDUCTOR: Henrik Nánási
STAGE DIRECTOR: Damiano Michieletto
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN: Paolo Fantin
COSTUMES: Carla Teti
LIGHTING DESIGN: Alessandro Carletti
PRODUCTION: Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), La Monnaie (Brussels), Opera Australia (Sydney) and The Göteborg Opera


SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS OF THE LICEU OPERA BARCELONA
DIRECTOR OF THE CHORUS: Conxita Garcia
VEUS – COR INFANTIL AMICS DE LA UNIÓ
CHILDREN'S CHORUS DIRECTOR: Josep Vila and Jover


Cast


Cavalleria rusticana


Santuzza: Elena Pankratova - 5th,9th,13th,16th,18th,21th December
Oksana Dyka - 7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,22th December
Lola: Mercedes Gancedo
Turiddu: Roberto Alagna - 5th,9th,13th,18th December
Teodor Ilincai - 7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,21th December
Martin Muehle - 16th,22th December
Alfio: Ángel Ódena
Mamma Lucia: Elena Zilio - 5th,7th,9th,13th,16th,19th,22th December
María Luisa Corbacho - 10th,12th,15th,18th,21th December


Pagliacci


Nedda: Aleksandra Kurzak - 5th,7th,9th,13th,16th,18th December
Dinara Alieva - 10th,12th,15th,19th,21th,22th December
Canio: Roberto Alagna - 5th,9th,13th,18th December
Fabio Sartori - 7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,21th December
Martin Muehle - 16th,22th December
Beppe: Vicenç Esteve
Silvio: Duncan Rock - 5th,9th,13th,16th,18th,21th December
Manel Esteve - 7th,10th,12th,15th,19th,22th December

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Gran Teatre del Liceu

Barcelona's opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, was founded on the Rambla in 1847 and has continued over the years to fulfil its role as a culture and arts centre and one of the symbols of the city.

Today it is publicly-owned (by the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte) and administered by the Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu which, in addition to the aforementioned bodies, incorporates the Patronage Council and the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu (the old society of owners).
 

Origins: From 1837 to 1847

The Liceu evolved out of the Sociedad Dramática de Aficionados (Society of theatre-lovers) set up in 1837 at the instigation of Manuel Gibert in the former convent of Montsió by members of the National Militia, an organization of armed citizens with liberal leanings.
Barcelona's economy and population were growing fast at the time and the city needed a music conservatory. This led to the conversion of the Sociedad Dramática into the Liceo Filármonico Dramático Barcelonés de S.M. la Reina Isabel II (Barcelona Dramatic and Philharmonic Lyceum of HM Queen Isabel II).  In addition to its theatrical activities, the new organization cultivated Italian-style singing and music.
 

The building on the Rambla

The original building was solemnly opened on 4 April 1847. The plans had been drawn up by Miquel Garriga i Roca, subsequently assisted by Josep Oriol Mestres. The project was funded by selling shares, which meant that many of the boxes and seats were to be privately owned. The shareholders formed the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu, known as the “Societat de Propietaris” (Society of Owners),  which was in sole charge of running the Gran Teatre del Liceu from 1855 onwards, after it was legally separated from the Conservatori del Gran Teatre del Liceu.
The theatre was operated by impresarios who were given a concession to stage a specific number of productions in exchange for the proceeds from the sale of tickets not reserved for the Societat itself. This system was to endure until 1980.
 

The creation of the Consortium

By the last quarter of the 20th century this management system was no longer viable. In 1980, to avert the danger of the disappearance of an institution of such worldwide cultural renown, the Generalitat  Catalonia's first government in modern times – set up a consortium, the Consorci del Gran Teatre del Liceu, which also incorporated Barcelona City Council and the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu. Barcelona Provincial Council joined the Consortium in 1985, followed by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 1986. From then on the Consortium took over operation of the theatre.

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