GIOACHINO ROSSINI (concert version)
Temporada 2019-2020 / Opera / Semiramide

An outstanding tandem of singers on the Liceu's stage: Joyce DiDonato and Levy Sekgapane

Semiramide, based on a play by Voltaire, was composed between Zelmira and Il viaggio a Reims. It is one of the last examples of opera seria and provides the clearest illustration – along with Tancredi – of how Rossini's dramas evolved towards Romantic bel canto despite their eminently classical themes.

First staged at La Fenice in Venice, Semiramide was Rossini's farewell to Italian opera houses prior to moving to Paris, where he lived until he died.  

Sharing the stage for this concert version will be two of the most fascinating singers on today's international opera scene: the American  mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato and the tenor Levy Sekgapane


Melodramma tragico in two acts. Libretto by Gaetano Rossini. World premiere: 03/02/1823 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. First Barcelona performance: 20/04/1826 at the Teatre de la Santa Creu. First Liceu performance: 20/04/1854. Last Liceu performance: 12/12/2005. Number of Liceu performances: 41.

Artistic profile

Paolo Arrivabeni
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


SemiramideJoyce DiDonato
ArsaceTeresa Iervolino
AssurAlex Esposito
IdrenoLevy Sekgapane
AzemaRocío Martínez
OroeAdam Palka
MitraneJuan de Dios Mateos
Nino's ghostFelipe Bou


April 2020

30Thursday20:00Turn Abuy

May 2020

3Sunday17:00Turn Tbuy

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'SEMIRAMIDE'

  • The opera that was Rossini's farewell to Italy.
  • One of the last and most imaginative examples of opera seria.
  • An outstanding tandem: Joyce DiDonato and Levy Sekgapane.
  • Two geniuses come together: Rossini and Voltaire.