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.
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.
- Christopher Franklin
- Stage director
- Annilese Miskimmon
- Deborah Cohen
- Kally Lloyd-Jones
- Set design and costumes
- Leslie Travers
- Mark Jonathan
- Assistant director
- Salva Bolta
- Costumes Assistant
- Catherine Morgan
- 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
|Lord Gualtiero Valton||Gianfranco Montresor|
|Lord Giorgio||Marko Mimica||5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October|
|Nicola Ulivieri||7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October|
|Lord Arturo Talbo||Javier Camarena||5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October|
|Celso Albelo||7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October|
|Sir Riccardo Forth||Andrei Kymach||5th,7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October|
|Mariusz Kwiecien||8th,11th,14th,19th October|
|Sir Bruno Roberton||Emmanuel Faraldo|
|Enrichetta Di Francia||Lidia Vinyes-Curtis|
|Elvira||Pretty Yende||5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October|
|María José Moreno||7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October|
|7||Sunday||18:00||Turn F||Fee 4|
|8||Monday||20:00||Turn A||Fee 5|
|10||Wednesday||20:00||Turn D||Fee 5|
|11||Thursday||20:00||Turn B||Fee 4|
|13||Saturday||20:00||Turn C||Fee 4|
|14||Sunday||17:00||Turn T||Fee 4|
|16||Tuesday||20:00||Turn H||Fee 5|
|19||Friday||20:00||Turn E||AD||Fee 3|
|21||Sunday||18:00||Turn PD||Fee 4|
First part 1h 15m
Second part 1h 21m
Approximate running time 3h 15m
Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.
Reasons why you shouldn't miss I puritani
- Vincenzo Bellini's last opera.
- A love story set in 20th-century Belfast and the 17th-century English Civil War.
- Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena pay return visits to the Liceu.
- Two glittering casts to sing a work for all time.
- One of Bellini's finest scores.