I PURITANI

VINCENZO BELLINI
Performances dedicated to the memory of Montserrat Caballé

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
Revival
Deborah Cohen
Coreography
Kally Lloyd-Jones
Set design and costumes
Leslie Travers
Lighting
Mark Jonathan
Assistant director
Salva Bolta
Costumes Assistant
Catherine Morgan
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
Nicola Ulivieri7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October
Lord Arturo TalboJavier Camarena5th,8th,11th,14th,19th October
Celso Albelo7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October
Sir Riccardo ForthAndrei Kymach5th,7th,10th,13th,16th,21th October
Mariusz Kwiecien8th,11th,14th,19th 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

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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

First part 1h 15m
Interval 30m
Second part 1h 21m

Approximate running time 3h 15m

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Briefing sessions

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.