The great voices of Clémentine Margaine and Ksenia Dudnikova with Michael Spyres and Stephen Costello
Following his success in Paris with the French version of Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti received a new commission from the Opéra, on that occasion based on a libretto by Alphonse Royer, Gustave Vaëz and Eugène Scribe. The result was La favorite, a romantic opera which made a successful debut. The story is set in the 14th century and features a love triangle between King Alphonse XI of Castile, his mistress Leonor and young Fernand.
Donizetti’s work revisits the Liceu in its original French language, following its 2002 debut, under the production guidance of Franco-Spanish director and actor Ariel García Valdés, with the young French mezzo-soprano and rising star Clémentine Margaine and two great tenors, Michael Spyres and Stephen Costello, who share the role of Fernand.
Opera in four acts. Libretto by Alphonse Royer, Gustave Vaëz and Eugène Scribe. World premiere: 02/12/1840, Académie Royale de Musique of Paris (French version). First staged in Barcelona: 18/10/1846, Teatre de la Santa Creu (Italian translation). First Liceu performance: 26/11/1850 (trad. italiana). Last Liceu Performance: 29/04/2002 (in the original French version). Liceu total performances: 261.
- Patrick Summers
- Stage director
- Ariel García Valdés / Derek Gimpel (2017/18 revival)
- Set and costume designer
- Jean-Pierre Vergier
- Lighting designer
- Dominique Borrini
- Gran Teatre del Liceu
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
- Director of the Chorus
- Conxita Garcia
|Léonor de Guzman||Clémentine Margaine||8th,11th,14th,17th,20th,22th July|
|Ksenia Dudnikova||10th,13th,16th,19th,21th,24th July|
|Fernand||Michael Spyres||8th,11th,14th,17th,20th,22th July|
|Stephen Costello||10th,13th,16th,19th,21th,24th July|
|Alphonse XI||Markus Werba||8th,11th,14th,17th,20th,22th July|
|Mattia Olivieri||10th,13th,16th,19th,21th,24th July|
|8||Sunday||17:00||Turn T||Fee 5|
|10||Tuesday||20:00||Turn D||Fee 5|
|11||Wednesday||20:00||Turn H||Fee 5|
|13||Friday||20:00||Turn C||Fee 5|
|14||Saturday||18:00||Turn F||Fee 5|
|16||Monday||20:00||Turn A||Fee 5|
|17||Tuesday||20:00||Turn G||Fee 5|
|19||Thursday||20:00||Turn B||Fee 5|
|20||Friday||20:00||Turn E||Fee 5|
|21||Saturday||20:00||Turn PB||Fee 6|
|22||Sunday||18:00||Turn PD||AD||Fee 6|
|24||Tuesday||20:00||Turn PC||Fee 6|
Approximate running time 3h 10m
Reasons why you need to see La favorite
- Making her debut at the Liceu is French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine, considered one of the best young singing breakthroughs in Europe and the United States.
- La favorite revisits the Liceu in its original French version.
- One of Donizetti’s most notably romantic operas.
- A love triangle set in 14th century Castile.