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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 1h 30m

Artistic profile

Stage director
Ricard Soler Mallol
Playwright
Victoria Szpunberg
Set design
Adrià Pinar
Coreography
Tuixén Benet
Costume design
Montse Amenós
Tailoring
Top Manta and Dona Kolors in collaboration with Goretti Puente
Lighting
María de la Cámara and Gabriel Paré (Cube.bz)
Video
Miquel Àngel Raió
Production
Gran Teatre del Liceu

Cast

MAGNATEPau Armengol
SECRETARIJoan Sáez
ARQUITECTRocío Martínez
HEALERMarta Infante
DETECTIVEAlbert Casals
THE CATDianne Ico
Amateur choirs of the Raval: Agrupació coral i recreativa Les Flors de Maig, Cor de dones de Xamfrà, Cor Drassanes, Cor Turull, Coral de la Facultat de Geografia i Història, Dona Gospel, Grup Món? Raval, KorraVal Evolution, Kudyapi Children’s Choir, Musicals’ Choir, Societat Coral El Girasol and TrencaCors.
Choir coordinator
Cristina Colomer
Orchestra of the Conservatory of the Gran Teatre del Liceu / Musicians of Taller de Músics
Conductor
Alfons Reverté

October 2022

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