Jordi Savall returns to the Liceu with a dramatized opera produced by the Opéra Comique

Stage director Louise Moaty sees Marin Marais' Alcione as an opera affording great scope to the imagination. Hence her decision to include circus acrobats in her production. Their feats thrill the audience, as did those of the dancers who traditionally took part in a tragédie lyrique such as Alcione.

Following its triumphant Paris premiere, Alcione was reprised time and again and even gave rise to a parody. It bridges the gap between the lyric tragedies of Lully and those of Rameau.

Jordi Savall, of worldwide fame, returns to the Liceu with a dramatized version of this opera by one of the most distinguished French Baroque composers, which he helped to popularize in the sound track of the film Tous les matins du monde.


Tragédie lyrique consisting of a prologue and five acts. Libretto by Antoine Houdar de la Motte. World premiere: Académie Royale de Musique de Paris. 09/04/1709. First performance in Spain.

Artistic profile

Jordi Savall
Stage director
Louise Moaty
Raphaelle Boitel
Set design
Tristan Baudoin
Alain Blanchot
Lighting design
Arnaud Lavisse
Circus master
Nicolas Lourdelle
Opéra Comique (Paris) and Gran Teatre del Liceu
Château de Versailles Spectacles, Théâtre de Caen, La Brèche and Pôle national des arts du cirque de Normandie / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
Le Concert des Nations
Director of the Chorus
Lluís Vilamajó


AlcioneMarianne Beate Kielland
CeixCyril Auvity
PéléeMarc Mauillon
Pan/PhorbasLisandro Abadie
Tmole/High Priest/NeptuneAntonio Abete
Ismène/first sailorJeanne Lefort
A pastora/second sailor/JunonHanna Bayodi-Hirt
ApollonSebastian Monti
DorisMaud Gnidzaz
CéphiseLise Viricel
AegléMaria Chiara Gallo
Chief sailorYannis François
PhosphoreGabriel Jublin
A servant of CeixBenoît-Joseph Meier

May 2020

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First part 1h 25m
Interval 30m
Second part 1h 30m

Approximate running time 4h

Information of Interest

Briefing session

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

Reasons not to miss'ALCIONE'

  • The convergence of modern and Baroque, seen through a contemporary prism.
  • Jordi Savall returns to the Liceu with a dramatized opera.
  • One of the first French operas of the early 18th century, in a much applauded interpretation that blends opera and circus.
  • Marin Marais and Jordi Savall: a well-matched team.
  • A chance to discover the great tragédie lyrique of 18th century France.