Roméo et Juliette


A timeless story with Saimir Pirgu and Aida Garifullina

The most famous love story in literature has been turned into the most faithful likeness to the original tragedy by Shakespeare thanks to the talent of Charles Gounod, one of the great representatives of French lyric drama. Roméo et Juliette returns to the stage of the Gran Teatre del Liceu after a 32-year absence. This co-production with the Santa Fe Opera is directed by Josep Pons, and co-stars Saimir Pirgu and Aida Garifullina. Stephen Lawless's sets locate the original action in the context of the American Civil War (1861-1865). The lovers live in a classic mortuary, as a prefiguration that will fatally condition their destiny from the very start of their infatuation.

Roméo et Juliette

Opera in five acts. Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. World premiere: 27/04/1866, Théâtre Lyrique of Paris. First staged in Barcelona: 11/06/1876, Teatre Principal. First staged at the Liceu: 28/05/1884 2. Last Liceu performance: 27/02/1985. Total Liceu performances: 25.

Artistic profile

Josep Pons
Stage director
Stephen Lawless
Set and costume design
Ashley Martin Davis
Mimi Jordan Sherin
Nicola Bowie
Gran Teatre del Liceu and The Santa Fe Opera
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


JulietteAida Garifullina14th,17th,22th,27th February
Katerina Tretyakova19th,24th February and 2th,4th March
StéphanoTara Erraught
GertrudeSusanne Resmark
RoméoSaimir Pirgu
TybaltDavid Alegret
BenvolioBeñat Egiarte
MercutioGabriel Bermúdez
PârisIsaac Galán
GrégorioGermán Olvera
CapuleteRuben Amoretti
Frère LaurentNicola Ulivieri
The DukeStefano Palatchi
Frère JeanDimitar Darlev

Debut Liceu

Cast change


February 2018

14Wednesday20:00Turn BFee 6
17Saturday20:00Turn CFee 5
19Monday20:00Turn AFee 6
22Thursday20:00Turn PAFee 5
24Saturday20:00Turn EFee 5
27Tuesday20:00Turn DFee 6

March 2018

2Friday20:00Turn HADFee 5
4Sunday17:00Turn TFee 5

Primera part 90m
Interval 30m
Second part 60m

Approximate running time 3h


Liceu Live in Cinemas

The Liceu Opera Barcelona broadcasts live in cinemas worldwide the performance of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette of February 27th, at 7.45pm.

List of cinemas

Exhibition at the Balcó Foyer

During the performances of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Fundació Setba and Photogènic festival bring to the Liceu the exhibition From shadow to light

More information

Reasons why you need to see Romeo et Juliette

  1. An immortal story.
  2. From Shakespeare to Gounod, from England to France, the most accurate operatic adaptation of the tragedy of the lovers of Verona.
  3. One of the best operas in the French lyrical repertoire.
  4. The lovers of Verona revisit the Liceu following an absence of over three decades.
  5. A performance that combines love and death.