A new production by video artist Franc Aleu

Three riddles, to which a nameless prince finds the right answers: hope, blood and Turandot. And three characters who reveal the meaning of Puccini's melodrama: Calaf, Liù and Turandot.

Just 20 years ago (7 October 1999), the Liceu reopened after the fire with a performance of Turandot. Now the “ice princess” returns to the opera house on the Rambla. She is  embodied in the first cast by the great Iréne Theorin, and by Lise Lindstrom, making her Liceu debut, in the second. Other members of the five-star line-up are Jorge de León, Gregory Kunde, Ermonela Jaho and Anita Hartig.

Puccini's last opera (completed after his death by Franco Alfano) was first performed at the Scala in Milan in 1926. Video artist Franc Aleu has chosen it for his first venture as stage director.

The visually fascinating sets and spectacular costumes of Aleu's production, in which light plays a key role, further accentuate the many ground-breaking aspects of this opera of the late Verismo school.


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Lyric drama in three acts consisting of five scenes. Libretto by G. Adami, R. Simoni and F. Alfano. World premiere: 25/04/1926 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. First Barcelona performance: 30/12/1928  at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 31/07/2009. Number of Liceu performances: 71.

Artistic profile

Josep Pons
Stage director and video
Franc Aleu
Susana Gómez
Set design
Carles Berga and Franc Aleu
Chu Uroz
José Vaaliña
Lighting design
Marco Filibeck
3d art
Nil Estany, Martina Ampuero and Romà Hereter
Stage Director Assistant
Salva Bolta
Costumes Assistant
Joana Poulastrou
Lighting Assistant
Oscar Frosio
Set Construction
Delfini Group S.R.L.
Costumes Confection
Pachuco, Txu, S.L.
Eyesberg studio
Universal Robots
Robots Integration
Iberfluid Systems
VR App Developer
Giuseppe Morittu
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia
Cor Vivaldi
Children’s chorus director
Òscar Boada
Kai Gleusteen
Musical Director Assistant
Josep Gil
Musical Assistants
Véronique Werklé, Vanessa García, Jaume Tribó and David-Huy Nguyen-Phung


Princess TurandotIréne Theorin7th,10th,13th,15th,16th,19th,20th,24th October
Lise Lindstrom8th,11th,14th,21th,22th,25th October
Emperor AltoumChris Merritt
TimurAlexander Vinogradov7th,10th,13th,15th,19th,21th,24th October
Ante Jerkunica8th,11th,14th,16th,20th,22th,25th October
CalafJorge de León7th,10th,13th,15th,19th,21th October
Gregory Kunde8th,11th,14th,16th,20th,22th,25th October
LiùErmonela Jaho7th,10th,13th,15th,19th,20th,24th October
Anita Hartig8th,11th,14th,16th,21th,22th,25th October
PingToni Marsol
PangFrancisco Vas
PongMikeldi Atxalandabaso
A MandarinMichael Borth
Prince of Persia's VoiceJosé Luis Casanova7th,10th,13th,15th,19th,21th,24th October
Emili Rosés8th,11th,14th,16th,20th,22th,25th October
MaidsMaria Such and Marta Polo24th October
Mariel Fontes and Yordanka León25th October
El príncep desconegut, CalafJorge de León

Cast Change

  • On October 16, soprano Iréne Theorin sings the tittle role in the performance of Puccini's Turandot replacing Lise Lindstrom due to illness. 
  • Some cast changes were made on performances of October 19 & 20 due to the cancellaton of the performance of October 18 and the new one added on October 21. 

October 2019

8Tuesday20:00Turn PA
10Thursday20:00Turn B
11Friday20:00Turn PB
13Sunday17:00Turn T
14Monday20:00Turn PC
15Tuesday20:00Turn A
16Wednesday20:00Turn G
19Saturday20:00Turn PD
20Sunday18:00Turn F
21Monday20:00Turn D
22Tuesday20:00Turn E
24Thursday20:00Turn HAD
25Friday20:00Turn C

First act 33m
Pause 5m
Second act 46m
Interval 30m
Third act 40m

Approximate running time 2h 40m

Information of Interest

Briefing session

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


Wednesday September 25 at 7.30pm 
Chorus Rehearsal Room (access through La Rambla)
More information

Reasons not to miss'TURANDOT'

  • Giacomo Puccini's last – and posthumous – opera Franc Aleu's first venture as stage director.
  • Two five-star casts for a five-star title.
  • One of the finest operas of all time.
  • The legend of Turandot, bloodstained, encased in ice and blazing with love.