La gata perduda

A participative, co-created opera and strengthen Liceu bonds with the Raval

The Raval district, where the Gran Teatre del Liceu stands, has more associations in proportion to its area than any other place in Europe. 

Since one of the Liceu's vocations, as a cultural emblem of our country, is to be of service to its neighbours, it has teamed up with local associations to produce a participative, co-created opera and strengthen its bonds with the residents.

This is the background to La gata perduda (The lost cat), the novel operatic project entailing three years of major collective efforts which will enable the Raval district to enter the Liceu. With music by Arnau Tordera, guitarist, vocalist and leader of the group Obeses, and a text by Victoria Szpunberg, it is something between an opera and a musical and includes snatches of the musical styles from all over the world which sound out so often in the streets.

The vital, almost chaotic nature of the Raval makes it the perfect counterpoint to the establishment world, while the Apollonian-Dyonisian contrast between the orderly Eixample district nearby and the labyrinthine Raval could not be sharper. Despite efforts to spruce it up and rationalize it, the Raval remains an inner-city district with a strong spirit of resistance. The opera puts the spotlight on the anonymous citizens with hybrid identities who live there side by side and whose anecdotes, experiences, narratives, dreams and preoccupations provided the input to the libretto

La gata perduda talks of the struggle of a neighbourhood which refuses to be manipulated, a united district which rebels against the powers that be and is itself a leading character in the opera, played by the joint local amateur choirs. Round about the Raval several characters appear who want to speculate and use it to promote their own interests: the Magnate, a man with a secret, surveys it from the upper part of the city and enlists the help of a healer, an architect and a detective to resolve the tangle of problems that are opposed to his interests. The Cat undergoes a transformation in the course of the opera: she decides to be free, refuses to tolerate abuse, and embodies hope.

In this project more than ever before the Liceu acts as a mediator and La gata perduda is the ideal medium for giving diversity a voice. It is also a veritable path towards individual integration and development.

This Project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870610

With the support of:


La gata perduda
Newly created community opera produced by the Liceu.
Opera in five acts.
Based on an original libretto by Victoria Szpunberg.
World premiere.

  • Approximate running time 2h 25m
    • First part 1h 5m
    • Interval 30m
    • Second part 45m

Artistic profile

Stage director
Ricard Soler Mallol
Victoria Szpunberg
Set design and props
Adrià Pinar
Costume design
Montse Amenós
Coreography Director
Tuixén Benet
Anna Macau
Lighting (María de la Cámara and Gabriel Paré)
Miquel Àngel Raió
Stage director assistant
Inés García
Set design assistant
Francesc Serra
Custome design assistant
Marc Udina
Video assistant
Arantxa Meler
Pianists musical assistants
Daniel Tarrida, Miquel Villalba and Maryna Naydon
Gran Teatre del Liceu


MAGNATEPau Armengol
ARQUITECTRocío Martínez
HEALERMarta Infante
DETECTIVEAlbert Casals
THE CATDianne Ico
Choir coordinator
Cristina Colomer
Agrupació coral i recreativa Les Flors de Maig, Cor de dones de Xamfrà, Cor Drassanes, Cor Turull, Coro Kudyapi, Dona Gòspel, KorraVal Evolution, Grup Mon Raval, Musicals’ Choir, Societat Coral Girasol and TrencaCors
Josep Domínguez, Leandro Crespo and musicians from Taller de Músics
Musicals’ Choir and Coro Kudyapi
Associació Carabutsí
El Cor Canta
Cor dels Invisibles
Jordi Calpe, Mario García, Raúl Lorenzo, Andrea Madrid, Sònia Prado, Maria Quero, Ariadna Saltó, Anna Serra and Anna Tejero
Taller de Músics
L’Escola de Músics and JPC
Orchestra of the Conservatory of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Alfons Reverté

Special thanks to the Fundació Tot Raval, the Ciutat Vella District, Eva Garcia (ComuArt) and all the staff of the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

October 2022


Hand programme

Here you can download the hand programme for free.

La prèvia

La prèvia és un podcast del Gran Teatre del Liceu. En aquest capítol parlem de La gata perduda d'Arnau Tordera I, produït per La máquina de la luz i amb guió de Javier Blánquez.

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