One of the most popular zarzuelas by Amadeu Vives, directed by Lluís Pasqual and starring María José Moreno and Celso Albelo

s famous zarzuela by Amadeu Vives – the composer from Collbató, near Barcelona – returns to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in a production by Lluís Pasqual, who has revamped the spoken dialogues to offer a fresh view of Vives' prime masterpiece. He also sets the love affairs of Fernando, Francisquita, Don Matías and Aurora “la Beltrana” in three different periods, with sets designed by Alejandro Andújar. The title has been coproduced by the Liceu and Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela.

The cast is headed by the successful tandem of Celso Albelo and María José Moreno.

A new opportunity to discover Spanish operetta, performed by a team of artists who are quite simply extraordinary.

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Doña Francisquita

Lyric comedy in three acts. Libretto by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández-Shaw inspired by La discreta enamorada by Lope de Vega. World premiere: 17/10/1923 at the Teatre Apolo de Madrid. First Barcelona performance: 13/12/1923 at the Teatre Tívoli. First Liceu performance: 7/12/1933. Last Liceu performance: 30/07/2010. Number of Liceu performances: 46.

Artistic profile

Oliver Díaz
Stage director
Lluís Pasqual
revival director
Leo Castaldi
Nuria Castejón
Set and costume design
Alejandro Andújar
Lighting design
Pascal Merat
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid) and Opéra de Lausanne
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


FrancisquitaMaría José Moreno10th,12th,16th November
Elena Sancho Pereg11th,15th,17th November
Aurora “la Beltrana”Ana Ibarra
Doña FranciscaMaría José Suárez
FernandoCelso Albelo10th,12th,15th,17th November
Antonio Lozano11th,16th November
Don MatíasMiguel Sola
CardonaAlejandro del Cerro
Lorenzo PérezIsaac Galán
ActorGonzalo de Castro
Special GuestLucero Tena

November 2019

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Approximate running time 2h 45m

Information of Interest

Briefing session

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

Reasons not to miss'DOÑA FRANCISQUITA'

  • The masterpiece of Amadeu Vives.
  • A modern rendering of one of the most popular of all zarzuelas.
  • Celso Albelo and María José Moreno, one of today's most accomplished operatic tandems, are back at the Liceu.
  • A production defying both time and space.