A spectacular production featuring Iréne Theorin's debut in Gioconda's role

In 17th-century Venice, Enzo Grimaldo has abandoned the unfortunate Gioconda – whose mother, La Cieca, is accused of witchcraft – and is now in love with Laura, the wife of Alvise. This emblematic work, from the period between Verdi's heyday and the dawn of Verismo, is the best known of Amilcare Ponchielli's operas. In addition to the famous “Dance of the Hours” and Gioconda's suicide aria, La Gioconda contains many other superbly lyrical examples of post-Romantic sensibility. The masterful orchestration and the vocal writing of roles such as Laura, La Cieca, Enzo Grimaldo and Barnaba, are other key facets. The distinguished cast will be headed by Iréne Theorin, hailed as one of the best dramatic sopranos of our times, who has earned long ovations at the Liceu for her performances in Wagnerian roles. Now she appears in Barcelona once more to give us her long-awaited Gioconda.

La Gioconda

Opera in four acts. Libretto by Arrigo Boito. World premiere: 08/4/1876 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. First Barcelona performance: 26/02/1883 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 25/10/2005. Number of Liceu performances: 144.

Artistic profile

Guillermo García Calvo
Stage director
Pier Luigi Pizzi
Set design and costumes
Pier Luigi Pizzi
Gheorghe Iancu
Lighting and director assistant
Massimo Gasparon
Director Assistant
Albert Estany
Set Design Assistant
Serena Rocco
Dress design assistant
Lorena Marin
Coreography Assistant
Francesco Marzola
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real (Madrid) and Arena di Verona
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Choru's Director
Conxita Garcia
Liviu Morna
Musical director assistant
Sergi Cuenca
Musical assistants
Véronique Werklé, Vanessa García and Jaume Tribó


GiocondaAnna Pirozzi1th,4th,8th,11th,14th April
Saioa Hernández2th,5th,10th April
Iréne Theorin7th,13th,15th April
Laura AdornoDolora Zajick1th,4th,7th,10th,13th,15th April
Ketevan Kemoklidze2th,5th,8th,11th,14th April
Alvise BadoeroIldebrando D'Arcangelo1th,4th,7th,10th,13th,15th April
Carlo Colombara2th,5th,8th,11th,14th April
La ciecaMaría José Montiel1th,2th,4th,5th,7th,8th,10th,11th,14th,15th April
Agostina Smimmero13th April
Enzo GrimaldoBrian Jagde1th,4th,7th,10th,13th,15th April
Stefano La Colla2th,5th,8th,11th,14th April
BarnabaGabriele Viviani1th,4th,7th,10th,13th,15th April
Luis Cansino2th,5th,8th,11th,14th April
Zuàne / VoiceCarlos Daza
Isèpo / VoiceBeñat Egiarte
Barnabotto / Pilot / SingerMarc Pujol
Principal male guest dancerAlessandro Riga
Principal female guest dancerLetizia Giuliani

Debut Liceu

Debut role

Cast changes

  • Stefano La Colla will sing the role of Enzo Grimaldo, replacing Andrea Carè due to health reasons.
  • Due to illness of soprano Iréne Theorin, Anna Pirozzi sings the tittle role on April 1st & 3rd, making her debut on this part.
  • Saioa Hernández joins the cast performing the tittle role on April 2nd, 5th & 10th, making her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
  • Agostina Smimmero sings the role of La cieca in the performance of April 13th replacing María José Montiel, due to indisposition.

April 2019

1Monday20:00Turn HFee 4
2Tuesday20:00Turn AFee 5
4Thursday20:00Turn BFee 3
5Friday20:00Turn PBFee 4
7Sunday18:00Turn FFee 3
8Monday20:00Turn PCFee 5
10Wednesday20:00Turn DFee 4
11Thursday20:00Turn PAFee 4
13Saturday20:00Turn EADFee 3
14Sunday17:00Turn TFee 4
15Monday20:00Turn GFee 4

First act 52m
Interval 30m
Second act 40m
Interval 25m
Third act 40m
Fourth act 37m

Approximate running time 3h 50m

Information of Interest

Briefing session

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

Reasons not to miss'LA GIOCONDA'

  • More than just the Dance of the hours.
  • The great Iréne Theorin returns to the Liceu, this time in an Italian role.
  • A magnificent cast brings Pier Luigi Pizzi's much-lauded production back to the Liceu.
  • One of Iréne Theorin's rare ventures into Italian opera.
  • An intense, deep-rooted drama.