Temporada 2019-2020 / Opera / Turandot

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
Technical and technological coordination
Jose Vaalina
Lighting design
Marco Filibeck
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


Princess TurandotIréne Theorin7th,10th,13th,15th,18th,20th,24th October
Lise Lindstrom8th,11th,14th,16th,19th,22th,25th October
Emperor AltoumChris Merritt
TimurAlexander Vinogradov7th,10th,13th,15th,18th,20th,24th October
Ante Jerkunica8th,11th,14th,16th,19th,22th,25th October
CalafJorge de León7th,10th,13th,15th,18th,20th October
Gregory Kunde8th,11th,14th,16th,19th,22th,25th October
LiùErmonela Jaho7th,10th,13th,15th,18th,20th,24th October
Anita Hartig8th,11th,14th,16th,19th,22th,25th October
PingToni Marsol
PangFrancisco Vas
PongMikeldi Atxalandabaso
A MandarinMichael Borth
El príncep desconegut, CalafJorge de León


October 2019

8Tuesday20:00Turn PAbuy
10Thursday20:00Turn Bbuy
11Friday20:00Turn PBbuy
13Sunday17:00Turn Tbuy
14Monday20:00Turn PCbuy
15Tuesday20:00Turn Abuy
16Wednesday20:00Turn Gbuy
18Friday20:00Turn Dbuy
19Saturday20:00Turn PDbuy
20Sunday18:00Turn Fbuy
22Tuesday20:00Turn Ebuy
24Thursday20:00Turn HADbuy
25Friday20:00Turn Cbuy

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.

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.