I PURITANI

VINCENZO BELLINI

Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena star in a tale of madness and love to start the new season

A perennial tale of love against the backcloth of wars between Protestants and Catholics provides the framework for the last of Vincenzo Bellini's operas, a clearly Romantic work tinted with the hues of his characteristic melodism. In this production, by Belfast-born Annilese Miskimmon, the action gets underway in 20th-century Northern Ireland before reverting to the original setting – the days of Cromwell and the Roundheads and Cavaliers – through the eyes of the now insane Elvira. The soprano Pretty Yende returns to the Liceu in another bel canto role following her triumph in Don Pasquale. Opposite her is Javier Camarena, one of the present day's most applauded tenors. They alternate in their respective roles with two singers who have extensive experience in this repertory: María José Moreno and Celso Albelo.

I puritani

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Carlo Pepoli. World premiere: 24/01/1835 at the Théâtre des Italiens in Paris. First Barcelona performance: 14/12/1836 at the Teatre de la Santa Creu. First Liceu performance: 17/05/1848. Last Liceu performance: 15/02/2001. Number of Liceu performances: 106.

Artistic profile

Conductor
Christopher Franklin
Stage director
Annilese Miskimmon
Coreography
Kally Lloyd-James
Set desig and costumes
Leslie Travers
Lighting
Mark Jonathan
Coproduction
Welsh National Opera, Danish National Opera and Gran Teatre del Liceu
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia

Cast

Lord Gualtiero ValtonGianfranco Montresor
Lord GiorgioMarko Mimica5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October
Fernando Radó7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October
Lord Arturo TalboJavier Camarena5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October
Celso Albelo7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October
Sir Riccardo ForthMariusz Kwiecien5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October
Andrei Kymach7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October
Sir Bruno RobertonEmmanuel Faraldo
Enrichetta Di FranciaLidia Vinyes-Curtis
ElviraPretty Yende5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October
María José Moreno7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October

October 2018

5Friday20:00Fee 1
7Sunday18:00Turn FFee 4
8Monday20:00Turn AFee 5
10Wednesday20:00Turn DFee 5
11Thursday20:00Turn BFee 4
13Saturday20:00Turn CFee 4
14Sunday17:00Turn TFee 4
16Tuesday20:00Turn HFee 5
19Friday20:00Turn EADFee 3
21Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 4

Approximate running time 2h 50m

Briefing sessions

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.