Press release · Obessions commander the new 2020/21 season of The Gran Teatre del Liceu


Press release


After the complicated times that we have been experiencing as a society, the Liceu presents its new season with the desire to take up where we left off; to be a space for coexistence and experiences, and an invitation to enjoy and grow based on a versatile, cross-cutting and eclectic programme.

The support received from society, its subscribers, patrons and administrations has been, is and will continue to be a key element for the Liceu to maintain its strength and enthusiasm to offer the best possible season.

Obsession as human passion is the common thread of this season, an impulse shared by many of the protagonists and characters of the new programme.

In line with the Liceu Centre d'Arts, the works of the artist Chiharu Shiota illustrate the new 2020/21 season and will also allow us to see a spectacular installation in the Hall of Mirrors with Schubert’s Winterreise.

The recital by Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczala; the concert version of Verdi's Il trovatore with Anna Netrebko, Yusif Evyazov and Ludovic Tézier; and the magnificent Christof Loy production of Mozart's Don Giovanni of the Oper Frankfurt will open the 2020/21 season of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

The Spanish premiere of Lessons in Love and Violence, by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp, is the highly awaited new Liceu co-production, directed by Josep Pons.

Àlex Ollé debuts as a resident artist with one of the season's most anticipated operas, Puccini's La bohème, under the musical direction of Giampaolo Bisanti.

The season stands out for productions by major opera houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper, with Lucia di Lammermoor, or the Royal Opera House, with Otello.

Three great stage directors, David McVicar, Robert Carsen and Laurent Pelly, are back with favourites greatly appreciated by the Liceu's audiences: La traviataTannhäuser and The Tales of Hoffmann.

In addition to the voices already mentioned (Netrebko, Radvanovsky and Beczala), the Liceu remains a benchmark theatre for great international voices and will be visited by Javier Camarena, Nadine Sierra, Ermonela Jaho, Gregory Kunde, Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Carlos Álvarez, John Osborn, Stéphane Degout, Krassimira Stoyanova, Alexander Vinogradov, Christopher Maltman, Johanni van Oostrum and Okka von der Damerau, among many others.

Dance will feature prominently in the season, which will offer two first-rate international proposals by the Eifman Ballet and the Czech National Ballet, and one of the most significant voices in national dance, Blanca Li, who will make her debut in the Teatre.

The Liceu is firmly committed to symphonic activity and presents three concerts with dance as the cornerstone: De Carmen Amaya a Estrella Morente, the three Diaghilev ballets by Stravinsky, and Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, included in the Memorial Pau Casals.

The desire for opera to transcend the walls of the theatre has motivated the Liceu to participate in the Palau 100 series and travel to Reus, Lleida and Girona with Mozart’s “Jupiter” and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”, directed by the prestigious musical director Marc Minkowski.

The Liceu will continue to promote chamber music, with two concerts by the LimeClàssic and the Liceu Brass Ensemble, and also with the involvement of the city's museums, which will host various chamber ensembles from the Orchestra of the Liceu.